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Kernow Tales: Tall and Small – Cornwall Secondary Drama Showcase

Hall For Cornwall

Monday 19 January 2015

Matinee 2pm; evening 7.30pm

In a celebration of Cornish minority status, local secondary schools are using drama to explore the cultural distinctiveness that is unique to Cornwall.  Eleven schools and two youth drama groups will create a matinee and evening programme exploring that distinctiveness through myth and reality, heroes that have shaped the way we look at ourselves and taking the plays of our great playwright Nick Darke as a starting point.

Into the mix will go North Cornwall giants, West Cornwall mermaids, miners, pirates, Tregeagle, Hell’s Mouth and Humphry Davy alongside Rick Rescorla.  Add in a large quantity of talent, enthusiasm and youthful energy to create an explosive programme of theatre and entertainment.

Showcasing young Cornish talent, each school has a ten minute slot to perform their piece. “This may seem like a short time but in fact you can create a whole world in ten minutes and explore complex stories and emotions,” says producer Dave Hunter. Some will be challenging, others hilarious, some moving – none will be the same.

The showcase is produced by KEAP and Hall For Cornwall and is now in its sixth year.  “This event is one of the highlights of our year, as we are invariably amazed by the ingenuity and talent of our young people and their teachers. They deserve a huge audience!” said Amanda Harris, director KEAP.

Tickets are £9 or £6.50, with concessions and school rates available. Your ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Fund for the preservation of the theatre for future generations. A £1.50 handling charge is added to each transaction.  Call the Hall For Cornwall Box Office on 01872 262466 or book online at

 For further information contact Helen Reynolds. 07771981094

 Participating school:  Humphry Davy, Helston, Cornwall College St Austell, Bodmin, Wadebridge, St Ives, Penrice, Looe, Redruth, Callington and Treviglas.  Also Cornwall Youth Theatre and Monster Theatre from Hayle.



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Artsmad – Swindon

Artsmad provides high quality arts opportunities for young people in Swindon which range from dance to drama, music to creative writing, digital art to visual art.

Artsmad partners include Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Dance, Swindon Music Service, Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People, Swindon Museums & Heritage, Swindon Libraries and Create Studios.

Specialist cultural education is hugely beneficial for children and young people. Clear national evidence for this is shown in the Culture, Young People and Swindon: Arts Make a Difference report and is backed up by real life examples from Swindon. Produced by Artsmad, this document aims to help decision-makers prioritise activities and acts as a briefing document for those with Culture and Education in their portfolios.

More info about Artsmad

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Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange

With two venues Newlyn and The Exchange able to offer a wide and varied programme across two sites, showcasing the very best of national and international contemporary art, as well as work by some of the best artists currently working in the region.

KEAP works with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange on teacher CPD and The Exchange has hosted The Story Republic in its Engine Room in 2013 and 2014

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Home Service

KEAP and The Story Republic are very proud to be working on ‘Home Service’, a three year programme of work bringing great art to older people in care homes funded by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation. 

Key aims of Home Service:

  • encourage residential care providers in partnership with arts organisations to commit to and invest in on-going programmes that give residents access to high quality arts experiences
  • establish a series of sustainable, exemplar, programmes of arts and engagement activity giving older people in residential care access to a wide range of quality arts experiences as audiences and participants
  • showcase artistic excellence in residential care settings and stretch aspiration for the range of arts that residents can access and experience outside of the care setting eg visits to local arts venues and events
  • develop tools and resources for more residential care providers to adopt on-going programmes of arts engagement activity and to provide practical support for them to identify appropriate artists and local arts opportunities
  • support the professional development of residential care staff to increase their confidence to deliver arts engagement programmes in their care settings
  • support the professional development of artists to create collaborative arts projects with older people, their carers and the wider community through documentation, evaluation and dissemination
  • stimulate debate and share learning about approaches to engaging older people in care in the arts and inspire others to develop best practice demonstrating the role of the arts in providing a voice for older people and bring local communities and people  in care homes closer together

The Story Republic will be bringing writers into residential homes to collect residents’ stories, and rewrite them for performance by The Story Republicans.



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A Carousel of Causley

Obby Oss by Jonathan Habens

On a cold, wet Monday in January, Hall for Cornwall was alive with drama performances by secondary students inspired by one of Cornwall’s finest poets, Charles Causley.

Causley loved poetry and also the theatre. A Carousel of Causley married these two passions in a festive day celebrating his poetry through drama and music. Students from 15 secondary schools across Cornwall each created a theatrical moment from poems such as Timothy Winters, Francesco de la Vega, What has Happened to Lulu, The Ballad of the Breadman and Mevagissey as well as an extract from his play, commissioned by Kneehigh, The Tinderbox.

2013 marks the tenth anniversary of Causley’s death which makes it an important moment to ensure that his work is enjoyed by a new generation of young readers and writers and to spark their imagination. Causley was among the most important poets of his generation and lived for most of his life in Launceston where he worked as a teacher.

Each school and Cornwall Youth Theatre has taken a poem and found a way to illuminate it to share with audiences. KEAP’s producer, Dave Hunter said, “As to be expected, Cornish schools have excelled in the ingenuity and wide range of theatrical approaches to Causley’s poems”. We are also very grateful to local musician Rick Williams who created a beautiful song from Causley’s ‘Tell me, tell me Sarah Jane’ which was performed to great applause by the girls choir from Treviglas.

This is the fourth year of the Secondary Drama Showcase and this year was co-produced by Kernow Education Arts Partnership and the Hall for Cornwall “It is such an exciting event. I am always delighted by the inventiveness and energy of the productions and would recommend it to any one.” Amanda
Harris, Director KEAP.

Images by Sean Hurlock

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Update on Enhanced Disclosure DBS check requirements for artists

Updated June 2017.

In September 2012 the government issued a new definition of what is deemed ‘regulated activity with children’. Most school or educational settings will require anyone who undertakes regulated activity with children to have an Enhanced Disclosure with barred list check (formerly CRB checks, now DBS checks).

The new definition of regulated activity relating to children relates both to what activity you are doing and also how often you are doing it:

(i) Unsupervised activities: teach, train, instruct, care for or supervise children, or provide advice/guidance on well-being, or drive a vehicle only for children;

(ii) Work for a limited range of establishments (‘specified places’), with opportunity for contact: for example, schools, children’s homes, childcare premises. Not work by supervised volunteers

Work defined above is only regulated activity if done regularly i.e. carried out by the same person frequently (once a week or more often), or on 4 or more days within a 30-day period, or overnight.

There are three types of check which are undertaken by the DBS:

Standard checks: These are suitable for eligible roles that do not involve regular contact with children or vulnerable groups such as finance or security.

Enhanced checks: These are suitable for eligible roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering with children, young people and/or vulnerable groups.

Enhanced with DBS Barred List checks: These are suitable for roles where the applicant will be working/volunteering in a regulated activity (see paragraph above) with children and / or vulnerable adults.

Practical application of the above: 

If your work with children is paidfrequent and supervised, then you are likely to need an Enhanced Disclosure, but without the barred list check.

If your work with children is frequent and unsupervised then you will need an Enhanced Disclosure with a barred list check.

There is a very useful tool on the DBS site which allows you to see if the role you are undertaking requires a DBS check, and at what level

Note that ‘supervision’ does not necessarily mean a member of school staff will be with you at all times. Supervision must be: regular, day to day, reasonable in all the circumstances for the purpose of protecting the children concerned and carried out by someone who is engaging in regulated activity relating to children.

It is important to note that because schools are listed as ‘specified places’ under regulated activity, they are allowed to request an Enhanced Disclosure without barred list check for anyone who is working in their establishment even if not undertaking regulated activity. It is our experience that most schools do request this.

Useful links and documents:

Keeping Children Safe in Education July 15 – paragraphs 50-55 Safer Recruitment, p30 flowchart on who requires a DBS check and the type, paragraphs 83-89 for volunteers, paragraphs 91-94 for contractors (e.g. artists)

A useful leaflet created for the Disclosure and Barring roadshow is available here DBS Roadshow 2012 leaflet

A DBS elegibility handiguide created by SAFE to help you decide if a role requires a DBS check.

If after reading the above information, you do require a DBS check, KEAP may be able process one for you if you are an artist living and working in Cornwall, the cost is £56. However, it is preferable that the school or organisation requesting that you obtain a DBS check process it for you.

If you require further information please contact Helen Reynolds on


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Red River Singers

Join a community singing group at Heartlands

An informal group focusing on the joy of singing songs

No auditions – just turn up.

All ages welcome (under 10’s must be accompanied by adults)

Based at: Tin Room, Chi an Bobel, Heartlands, Pool

Starting: Wednesday September 5th 2012 and weekly thereafter

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: £4

·        Cornish pub songs

·        Older Cornish folk songs

·        Songs in Cornish

·        Cornish carols

Led by Hilary Coleman singer and musician with top Cornish band Dalla,  bard of the Gorsedh and music teacher/trainer with many years experience in schools and communities.

‘It is a wonderful feeling to understand a sense of place through music and song. I love the Cornish songs and learning the language’

(singing group participant)


Hilary Coleman: 07837 226048




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Big Sing Schools Day on the Beach

The Big Sing Schools Day on the Beach was inspired by the Darke Visions Festival, the celebration of playwright and environmentalist Nick Darke.

It is a day to explore the beach and its processes, discover things that have washed up and their origins, express some of these things through dance and art and join in a massed sing at the end of the day.

This year we welcomed St Agnes, Indian Queens, Sandy Hill, The Bishops and Gwinear primary schools to Porthcothan for a day of workshops led by Jane Darke, film maker and director of The Wrecking Season, Andrew Tebbs community artist, Angela Renshaw from Sing to Success and dancer Lois Taylor and UCF Dance students.  For the first time this year, Mia and Patrick from The Red Cross joined us to run a workshop on Migration, using the context of our coast line to help children understand what it might be like to have to leave your home.

The weather was typical for this year’s summer but our enthusiasm prevailed, and even though we all got a bit wet during our final sing, spirits stayed high.

Feedback from teachers:

‘Very inspirational and provokd in depth learning across the curriculum’

‘We used all the teaching resources and they were really useful’

‘Lois [dance leader] really engaged my class’

‘All my class loved the day. We are looking at the beach differently now…’

Feedback from children:

‘Jane showed me so much about the beach I did not know’

‘I will try and use less plastic now’

‘I learned that the Red Cross is a company that helps people in tsunamies’

‘[I learned that] things get washed up on the beach from different countries’


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