We are delighted to be working in partnership with Peoplescape Theatre to deliver the acclaimed communication and wellbeing project 'Speech Bubbles' to schools in Stockport, Salford and Trafford.
The Speech Bubbles initiative uses story, play and drama with children in KS1 to develop their speaking, listening and attention skills while also supporting their social and emotional development. It also enhances the skills of school staff to run creative group work. This short video explains the overall aims of the project:
The project is currently taking place in 42 schools, with over 800 children telling stories and acting them out every week. Launched by London Bubble Theatre in 2009, Peoplescape Theatre, M6 Theatre and Oldham Theatre Workshop have been working together to deliver Speech Bubbles across Greater Manchester since 2013. We are thrilled to be joining Peoplescape Theatre to offer the project to more schools in Greater Manchester.
"The wide ranging evidence on the impact of Speech Bubbles contains several clear commonalities. Improvements, sometimes striking improvements, in confidence, listening, participation, social skills, behaviour, enjoyment and relationships with others.”
Dr Johnothon Barnes
(Sidney de Haan Arts and Health Research Centre)
in partnership with
VIDEO: Speech Bubbles - A Teacher's View!
In 2018/19, North West Drama's placement schools reported:
87% of participating children improved in speaking, listening and learning
92% of participating children improved in emotional conduct and behaviour
If you want more information about supporting children’s communication development you might want to visit the Talking Point Website.
To find out more about the project or express your interest, please contact:
Matt Wardle, Creative Producer
for schools in Salford, Stockport and Trafford local authorites
Emily Capstick, Peoplescape Theatre
for schools in Manchester local authority