Tall Stories Theatre Company today announce that they are to offer free tickets for The Gruffalo Live to primary school teachers across London in a bid to encourage schools to bring schoolchildren back to the theatre. In recent years, the company have noticed a fall in weekday term time attendance across a range of their family productions. To combat this, Tall Stories are introducing The Gruffalo Live Free Teacher Tickets Initiative with the aim of inspiring teachers into boosting the numbers of term time visits to the theatre. Primary schools across the capital will be eligible to apply for two tickets for teachers to visit weekday performances of the production this summer with the hope they will return with their classes in the autumn.
Toby Mitchell, Co-Artistic Director of Tall Stories recently spoke out in support of a new scheme launched in Scotland for every primary schoolchild to have the chance to see at least one live theatre performance a year.
He said ‘The decreasing number of schools willing to take children on trips to the theatre is an area of concern that should be addressed more urgently. Tall Stories’ aim is to get kids into theatres because it makes it more of a sense of occasion. It’s special, they’re excited, they’re going out of school and they are experiencing theatre as adults do.’
In addition to this, the company recently announced The Gruffalo Live Free Schools’ Tickets Initiative,where 300 school children from London’s primary schools will be given the chance to see the production for free.
This further ties in with Tall Stories’ Future Perfect project where the actors from The Gruffalo Live will be delivering a brand new interactive performance free of charge to inner London schools. Future Perfect has been designed for Year 6 students and will use decision-making, transition to secondary school and time travel as its central themes, focusing particularly on those schools with a high proportion of children eligible for free school meals. It will be launched this autumn and for more information visit: http://www.tallstories.org.uk/small-stories-future-perfect