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Earlyarts Yorkshire – Professional Development Day

November 15, 2009

The second of two Earlyarts Professional Development Days took place on 20th October 2009 hosted by Leeds City Art Gallery. Lizzie Allen of Freehand Theatre and Natasha Holmes of Tell Tale Hearts, both learners on the Dandelion project, presented their thoughts and impressions of the project to date to a group of around 40 earlyarts professionals from the Yorkshire region.

At this stage in the project Lizzie had been to the Visions of Future and Visions of Theatre children’s festival in Bologna in March 2009 and she talked of the things at the festival that had struck her particularly.

Natasha Holmes presented her reflections on the Dandelion Project to date. Natasha had attended the Bim Bam festival in Salzburg, organised by Toihaus Theatre, at the end of January, beginning of February 2009 (this festival was for 18 months to 4 year olds). She talked of the shows she had seen at the festival and the impression they had made on her.

She then talked of her future plans for a project around the theme of The Bridge – which is a creative journey in response to the learning through Dandelion.   The Bridge is also the theme of a show being devised by two other Dandelion partners – Toihaus and La Baracca. Tash has funding in place to carry out some research and development into this new project and will be presenting some initial ideas for  development at the Take Off Children’s Festival in November.

In the afternoon of the Professional Development Day Natasha led a workshop with around 12 earlyarts professional using experiential theatre techniques to address the needs of young children.

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