Doorstep Festival

Doorstep Theatre Festival 2022

Following the demonstrably successful Once Upon A Festival, we are excited to announce the continuation of our new children’s arts programme, The Doorstep Theatre Festival. The festival is designed to make high-quality arts activities accessible to primary schools by lessening the restraints of rural isolation and the financial implications that come with visiting an arts venue. Theatre Royal are dedicated to making high-quality theatre accessible for young people by lessening the restraints of rural isolation and the financial implications that come with visiting an arts venue. This year’s plays, PARTY and The Lies You Tell, are touring around local schools and libraries and explore themes around mental health and well-being for key stages one and two. 

The project provides schools with the opportunity to host a performance on campus helping to drive down costs of transportation and extra staffing.

“The show was FANTASTIC. The kids were SO engaged and well behaved when watching. Three of our students went up to the actors at the end and said they loved it!” Ormiston Sudbury Academy, 2022.

Following the performance, schools will have the option to take part in enrichment workshops led by our team of highly-skilled facilitators, or to visit Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for drama, technical, craft and story-telling workshops with other participating schools as part of the extended programme offer. Both offers come at a heavily subsidised rate to schools. Teachers from all schools taking part will also be invited to a CPD session at Theatre Royal to explore how the themes within the performances and workshops can be carried into the classroom.

PARTY, by Half Moon, is a non-verbal performance aimed at children under 7 years old. This play is full of quirky humour, colourful designs with a heartfelt storyline. Afonso wants to go to his best friend’s birthday party but where is his invitation? Maybe it was lost in the post but maybe he wasn’t invited at all! When it does arrive, what shall he wear and who will he talk to while he’s there? Will anyone play with him? Set in the warmth of a Portuguese summer, PARTY takes young people to a place where difference is something to celebrate. This play will help to show young people ways to overcome anxiety and embracing differences about themselves as they enter new situations. Half Moon is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England and receives regular funding from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

The Lies You Tell written by award-winning, Suffolk playwright Yolanda Mercy tackles themes of mental health and well-being in this joyful music-filled play aimed at young people between 10 and 12 years old. Produced by three leading theatre companies, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and HighTide, the play focuses on main character T who has just moved from the city and getting stuck into making a fresh start. He’s not ashamed of his mum but he’s not sure the other kids will understand. It’s okay not to tell everyone the truth about everything, isn’t it? We see T transitioning into his new school with new friends and how he deals with trust and the choices he makes in the first days of his new school. The Lies You Tell has been commissioned by Suffolk County Councils Public Health Communities to support mental well-being and is also supported by Mind Suffolk in response to the ongoing mental health crisis young people are currently facing.


Suffolk Libraries’ free performance dates and times:

There is no need to book for these events, just arrive 5 minutes before the start time to get your seats! For more information, please contact the host library.


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