Large-scale residencies give groups of children and young people the opportunity to take part in an extended immersive and interactive theatrical adventure where they get to shape the narrative. A large-scale residency can generally accommodate a group of around 20 young people and will include a team of around five Bamboozle facilitators, artists and technicians.
“When Bamboozle first arrived and talked about the residency week, planning and building, I felt completely overwhelmed, but with your guidance it was painless and, I realised, very achievable. The residency itself was spectacular and all the learners and staff enjoyed the experience and could see the value of it. The resources were so simple – it had an immediate effect – I put lots of simple resources in my classroom for daily ‘play’ experiences immediately.”
Teacher, Greenside School, Stevenage.
As well as giving an introduction to the Bamboozle Approach on the planning days we also meet with staff at the end of each residency day to unpack the strategies that have been used and talk about how they can be applied in day-to-day practice.
As an alternative to the outline described above we have done week-long residencies where we take different, but smaller, groups of students on a one-day adventure in the theatrical environment. This format allows the school to offer the residency experience to multiple groups and can be useful if space is limited. Generally this format involves a build day on the Monday where staff work with the Bamboozle team to create the theatrical environment – giving them lots of useful techniques that can be transferred to the classroom. A one-day experience can be exciting and engaging but obviously doesn’t have the depth of a week-long adventure.
Bamboozle has also created residencies based on large-scale mainstream theatre shows such as War Horse and 42nd Street. Mainstream theatrical productions are not always easy for young people to access but with a residency experience children and young people have the time and space to explore a show at their own pace and in an immersive way. This sort of residency usually takes place in the theatre where the production is happening. The groups of young people visit from their school to take part in the residency which is run by Bamboozle and involves some of the cast and crew from the main show.
A residency experience truly is a world of possibilities – these are just some of the adventures we’ve been on:
Large-scale residencies, as well as being exciting and immersive adventures, also provide the children taking part with many opportunities to extend their learning and gain confidence along the way.
Residencies usually take place at your school or in a theatre or community venue by arrangement. Each residency is designed specifically to suit your requirements. Fees start around £10,000 but costs depend largely on requirements.