The transformations summer school hosted by Warwick University, Milburn House, and planned by Paul Whitehouse and myself took place July 2013. This was a free, two-day non-residential drama and storytelling event supported by the widening participation team in the English Department, with an additional £1000 funding from PREP (Postgraduate Researcher Enterprise Programme) raised by myself.

Twenty-four pupils attended from the following schools:

Tile Hill Wood School (Coventry)
George Elliot School (Nuneton)
Stoke Park (Coventry)
Myton School (Warwick)
President Kennedy School (Coventry)
Bluecoat C of E School (Coventry)
Slough Grammar School (Slough)

We’ve had some great parent feedback about the two day event which was designed to support current year nine and ten school pupils with interests in English Literature, Drama or Theatre to consider a future in Higher Education (HE).

‘Thank you to you and the whole team for putting on such a great course. The performances were all so witty, original and well performed. It was hard to believe most of the children probably didn’t know each other before as their interactions were so fluid.

My son, said he needed to reconsider whether he was an introvert after all, as he felt himself to be an extrovert when with people ‘like him’. He spends most of his days avoiding speaking to anyone (at school) because he does not trust their motives and thinks they will have nothing in common. For him to feel he was with like-minded people, if only for two days, has cast a ray of sunshine over my hopes for his future.

I look forward to his next Transformations experience.’

Workshops included

Drama and theatre workshops over the two days, including ice-breakers, communication skills, use of body movement – by Rachel King and Ollie Turner

Rethinking Little Red Riding Hood, transforming and creating subverted pieces of writing using different versions of Little Red Riding Hood as inspiration – by Kate Edwards

Storytelling workshops including the history of folk and fairy tales – by Storyteller Colin King

A big thanks to everyone involved x

Emma Parfitt

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