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TOURING THEATRE COMPANY

Communicate and

educate through

drama


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Introducing the company Solomon Theatre Company specialists in communicating messages on the promotion of healthy lifestyles and healthy schools that result in crime reduction and improved community safety. From our base on the Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset borders we tour theatre shows to all parts of the United Kingdom. Working with a variety of media including film, role play and workshops our clients now include hundreds of schools, many of the UK Police Forces and Primary Care Trusts as well as numerous Unitary, Borough and County Councils. Since 2003 our mission has remained the same, to harness the power of great drama for education and to deliver our work to as large an audience as possible. Last academic year alone, we toured theatre shows to over 375 schools and venues touching the hearts and minds of over 75,000 people. We also produce films and present at various conferences enabling us to extend our reach further still.

Letter from the founder. People ask me how I ended up running a theatre company after training and working as an engineer. The catalyst for change was in 2000 when on the production team for “Wind in the Willows”. For the first time I witnessed the raw power of live theatre and like every engineer was determined to dismantle it, understand it and build it better. In 2003 Solomon Theatre Company was founded. Why Solomon Theatre Company? Because King Solomon, recorded as the wisest man to ever have lived, is said to have pursued wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Solomon Theatre Company is a group of professionals seeking wisdom and imparting knowledge whilst making the process enjoyable! Even the difficult and serious subjects we handle can be presented in a professional and yet enjoyable way which ensures they are memorable for the audience and really do change attitudes and behaviour as well as increasing knowledge. No matter how many thousands of young people we might work with each week I’m only too aware of the hundreds of thousands out there struggling with the topics we work with and that is why I’m unashamedly ambitious to reach as many of them, as powerfully as we possibly can. I hope we can extend our impact in the next year. Forest Paget 2011

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Solomon Theatre Company is a creative and fluid team with numerous young casts, many of which change from tour to tour, working alongside a constant core group. It is their experience, training and skills that gives Solomon Theatre Company its unique blend of artistic creativity and business acumen.

Who’s Who

Forest Paget Managing Director

Forest studied engineering at Bath University and later took a MBA there, founding Solomon in May 2003, he has written some of the plays alongside others.

Mark Hyde Writer, Actor & Director

Mark studied at The Bristol Old Vic. He directs and has written many of the Solomon plays and shares his time with Solomon, the BBC and Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. Mark was in “The Wicker Man”.

Josh Marriott Production Manager, Actor & Facilitator

Josh studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined Solomon in 2006 and having toured and facilitated most Solomon shows, now manages the teams and the casting and recruitment.

Angela Gilder Writer, Actor & Director

Angela trained at the New College of Speech and Drama, her voice can be heard throughout China as Ms Smart in Macmillan’s hugely successful speaking books.


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“ Quality is not an act, it is a habit”

Aristotle

Vision for growth Our vision is to impact the lives of as many young people as possible. Last year we delivered to over 375 schools but with more than 4000 secondary schools still to reach throughout the UK we maintain our strategy for growth. To grow and yet continually improve the service quality and remain financially secure is the business challenge. To this end we take great care to monitor quality, manage our costs and operate with minimal borrowing. This ensures the wealth of experience we’ve gained thus far is available as a resource to help develop future work.

Quality Ethos High quality is a fundamental part of the Solomon ethos. We combine the fluid and creative power of working in the arts with a professional, business-like approach to all our work. Clients hosting a Solomon performance can have complete confidence that the performance will be appropriate, engaging and meet their educational goals. From casting only the best graduates, to working with crafted scripts, well designed sets and professional directors, even optimising the travel and accommodation logistics, we strive for high quality performances delivered on time. Working in collaboration with academic bodies, our scientific approach to service design ensures that our projects reflect latest best practice, both in terms of effective theatre in education models as well as current thinking in the areas of public health and socio-economics. Evaluation on every performance is sought from school staff after they host a show and this then contributes to the ongoing improvement and development of our projects. Over the past two years, 94% of the feedback we’ve received rated our work as “Excellent” or “Good”. Many clients also author papers on the effectiveness of our education work, the impact it has on learning and the overall benefits. Where possible, feedback and published papers are made available via our website.

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I learned a lot from the day.

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My attitude to I will be more I think the day alcohol has careful with should be changed. alcohol now. repeated for year 9 next year.

“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art and good business is the best art” Andy Warhol

Solomon Associates (UK) Ltd High Street, Damerham, Hampshire, SP6 3EU T: 01725 518760 E: office@solomon-theatre.co.uk

www.solomon-theatre.co.uk SOLOMON THEATRE

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UK coverage......

Every year we are pleased to be reaching further afield. Follow the link on our website to an interactive map showing the latest venues and shows as we deliver them.

.... spanning a wide range of topics Use the table below to find the right topic for a specific age group or academic term. Remember that we also take commissions of other subjects and deliver bespoke workshops.

Performance

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Gemma’s Wardrobe

Illegal substances and self esteem

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Einstein’s Pants

Energy, the environment and climate change

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Alcohol, the law and sexual health

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Healthy relationships and cyber abuse

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Healthy relationships (gangs, Autumn race and extremism)

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Key Stage 1 and 2

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Mature Audiences

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Last Orders

Power of Love

Skin Deep

Uncle Fred’s Shed

Trickster & Scambuster

Emotional health and wellbeing

Distraction burglary and Fraud

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Other dates may be possible - Tours are often commissioned at other times of the year as well, so if you’d like to have a show in a different term from that scheduled please do check with us.

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The performances are designed to capture the attention of specific age groups but this varies depending on when the performance is delivered within the academic year, the emotional maturity of the students and sometimes the type of school (for example, single sex or faith based). For this reason, the age ranges are a guide only and it is best to discuss your audience with us.

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Alcohol, health & the law

Year 9 students

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Last Orders by Mark Hyde © 2000

15 year old Cassie and her friend Kim are home alone doing their homework. Boredom soon sets in and, while there are many other things they could do, they raid the drinks cabinet. ‘Just the one’ leads to another and then a cocktail. It would be a great laugh if they had a party and invited older boys.

Dan is that older boy. A motorbike riding 17 year old, he’s brought ‘homebrew’ to give to the girls. He’s full of stories set to impress and encourages ‘drinking games’ and the girls move through the ‘stages of intoxication’ without realising the potential dangers they are in. Following the PSHE guide for KS3 (13/14 years old), the impact of the performance is built upon by a workshop exploring a range of themes such as anti-social behaviour, illegal purchase (including the law on alcohol and age-restricted products) and attitude to risk and sexual health (including unplanned pregnancy and STIs). The workshop content is adaptable to suit individual school’s requirements.

Fantastic for pupils to question police and trading standards in a safe environment managed by Solomon staff

Swanmore School

We experienced a 7.8% reduction in alcohol related crime in the 3 months following the pilot Dorset Police

Alcohol related crime and health involves many agencies ranging from Trading Standards (purchase and supply regulation), to Police (ASB and violent crime) and Health professionals (long term health, sexual health and risky sexual behaviour) which is why Last Orders is often presented alongside representatives from these partner agencies.

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Technical: Cast 4 (2 Male, 2 Female), parking for one van, get in 40 minutes, get out 15 minutes, Stage Size 5m X 5m X 3m, one 13A socket. Schedule: We recommend a theatre performance to an entire year group (from 30 up to 500 pupils) followed by successive workshops to smaller groups (from 30 up to 250 pupils). Performance run 55 minutes / Workshop run 55 minutes (flexible). SOLOMON THEATRE

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Gangs, relationships & violence

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Year 10 students

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Skin Deep by Mark Hyde & Angela Gilder Š 2010

Skin Deep tells the powerful and moving story of two teenage girls who are attracted to boys from rival gangs. As events unfold, their relationships become increasingly threatened by hatred and intimidation. Betrayal, fear and fatal misunderstanding lead to a dramatic explosion of violence that will change their lives forever.

83% of students said they’d changed their views on knife and gang crime following the performance The Langley Academy, Slough

Engages effectively with pupils, leaving them thinking about the consequences of their actions Slough Trading Standards

Based on true events, the play is hard-hitting and immediately connects with its target audience through compelling dialogue and rap music. Following the performance, specially designed workshops explore a variety of KS4 PSHE themes for year 10 around healthy relationships. These can be tailored to local priorities and include the role of myths in creating a culture of fear, the reasons for the existence of gangs and extremist behaviour, the consequences of carrying knives and the nature of intolerance and prejudice. Skin Deep is used as part of the National Police Prevent Agenda enabling young people to explore extremism and prejudice, to challenge thinking and develop understanding. It is often co-presented with Police Officers and Trading Standards enforcement staff to explain gang culture (why they form and the consequences) as well as exploring issues surrounding violence (including knife crime and the law).

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Illegal substances

Year 8 students

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Gemma’s Wardrobe by Forest Paget & Steve Evans © 2002

Multiple characters played by three actors tell the fast moving story of 14 year old Gemma who is doing well at school. She’s got the lead in the school play and is expected to do well in fast approaching tests; however, there is a cloud on the horizon. Pressure.

This is absolutely excellent, a very important production

Gemma may have taken on too much, or maybe she’s set herself expectations that are too high - whatever it is, can she cope? ‘Too cool for school’ Gary has the answer and it’s one that Gemma would never have expected herself to be tempted by.

Inspector David Ayres, Dorset Police.

The performance and workshops target KS3 students before they are faced with the issue of drugs, empowering them to overcome peer pressure and make their own choices. Perfectly pitched and based on a true story, students easily empathise with the key characters. In a very practical way, they develop selfconfidence, awareness and decision making skills, giving them the very best opportunity to make their own positive lifestyle choices.

I have seen in the faces of the students that the message is getting through Ken Reynolds, Dorset Drugs Advisor.

Covering health issues (alcohol, tobacco or cannabis use) as well as the legal facts (use and supply of illegal substances - class A, B or C drugs, and purchase of legal products tobacco, alcohol, knives and lighters) means that Gemma’s Wardrobe is complemented by presentations from Police and Community Safety Teams.

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Year 9 & 10 students

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Power of Love by Solomon Theatre Company © 2007

Lucy is a regular girl who’s attracted the attention of the biggest catch in the school. Her new boyfriend is fit, gorgeous and she’s the envy of all the girls… but he’s also becoming increasingly controlling. Jealous of her other friends, he begins to intimidate her psychologically and then violently.

The impact upon the students was colossal and we are all impressed by the reality they achieved, provoking conversation and I am sure improving the safety of those who watched Sherborne Learning Centre

Thank you, you delivered an outstanding morning. I constantly refer to the performance in PSHE Pewsey Vale School

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The choice is hers, will she stay? This gritty, memorable story explores the changing nature of relationships with family and friends, and the destructive role that abusive behaviour can play in this. Students explore the different dynamics of relationships from the types and balances of power (strength), to the different degrees of trust, as well as what makes things go right/wrong. Following the PSHE guide for KS4, we explore how to handle the portfolio of relationships we have and understand the ways in which abuse can occur and where to go for support. The influence of new media forms (text, email and social networking) is integral to the workshop and reviewed annually. The delivery in schools is often supplemented by additional workshops provided by other agencies (Police Force Violence Reduction units and/or Council Community Safety DV teams). The Power of Love encourages self-esteem, builds on existing Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and develops the emotional maturity that students may need if they are ever faced with offensive or bullying behaviour.

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Technical: Cast 4 (2 Male, 2 Female), parking for one van, get in 40 minutes, get out 15 minutes, Stage Size 5m X 5m X 3m, one 13A socket. Schedule: We recommend a theatre performance to an entire year group (from 30 up to 500 pupils) followed by successive workshops to smaller groups (from 30 up to 250 pupils). Performance run 55 minutes / Workshop run 55 minutes (flexible).

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Climate change & entrepreneurship

Year 8 students

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Einstein’s Pants by Forest Paget & Steve Evans © 2002

Every cloud has a silver lining and for local politician Arthur Brighouse that silver lining is money. Unfortunately for the rest of us the cloud is climate change. Brighouse can always turn a profit and climate change offers him unique opportunities.

Energised by a trip to the local museum exhibiting a pair of Einstein’s pants, Arthur’s son Barney, sees things differently; rising sea levels, expanding deserts and unstable weather patterns means he sets out to change his father’s ways.

Thought-provoking and relevant. Students were spellbound for 60 minutes, focused on the story

“Einstein’s Pants” invites year 8 students to consider a range of issues relating to energy such as, the carbon cycle, climate change, taking responsibility, and the environmental/ financial benefits of a ‘greener team’ approach. Encouraging students to think about how to act as Global Citizens, Einstein’s Pants will change attitudes and behaviours and inform decisions and actions, building maturity and leadership skills.

A difficult topic well presented... a good mixture of fun and facts. Well blended

Woodroffe School

Stonehenge School

Used to support Sustainable School and Eco School status, Einstein’s Pants has assisted councils and schools reduce their utility bills and carbon output.

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Substance abuse & healthy relationships

Key Stage 1 & 2

performance & workshop 40 minutes each

Uncle Fred’s Shed by Solomon Theatre Company © 2008

Set in a shed on an allotment, Maisie visits with the school’s pet rabbit. The rabbit is unwell and Maisie, under pressure from her class to look after the rabbit, considers ways of restoring its health. Fortunately, Uncle Fred returns before Maisie has the chance to administer any of her home made medicines.

It soon becomes clear to Uncle Fred that as well as pressure from school mates, Maisie is struggling with making sensible choices for her well being. Designed for KS1 and 2 students we explore topics to fit in with the Healthy Schools Plus programme: 1. Healthy Living - healthy weight, nutrition, physical activity and family activities 2. Emotional Health & Wellbeing - positive self esteem, making correct choices, bullying and positive behaviour 3. Sex and relationship education - building foundations by looking at relationship types, authority roles, trust and communication.

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Burglary & Fraud

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Mature audiences

performance & workshop 55 minutes each

Trickster & Scambuster

Trickster by Andy Saunders © 2001 adapted by Mark Hyde and Tim Laycock © 2003 Scambuster by Mark Hyde, Angela Gilder and Tim Laycock © 2004

Trickster: Based on true events, in this live storytelling musical, George is an elderly gentleman who has become the victim of a distraction burglar. Once a proud soldier, we follow George as he battles with being conned and with the help of his friend Sid, beats the bogus callers. Whether it’s rogue salesmen, fake reps from the water-board or surveyors from the local council, bogus callers come in many guises. Our educational and entertaining musical “Trickster” successfully combats these criminals by raising awareness, reducing fear and empowering elderly community members to report these crimes.

Scambuster: Meet Sydney, the victim of a rogue tarmac tradesman and Mary, who thinks she’s won the holiday of a lifetime… With music from the 60’s, this energetic, live story-telling event is guaranteed to entertain, amuse and educate.

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Northamptonshire Police

Within 4 hours of the morning performance, there had been 30 calls to the Police reporting incidents and this led to 10 investigations taking place

Fake lotteries, psychic mailings, fake holiday prizes, premium-rate promotions – these are all examples of scams highlighted by “Scambuster”. Developed in partnership with Trading Standards, “Scambuster” highlights unscrupulous traders offering their services for badly done and over-priced work, encourages better reporting of scams and suggests effective strategies for response.

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You touched the hearts of 800 people … we were also able to attract a significant amount of media coverage

Communications Manager, Dorset Police

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Contributing to conferences, devising new pieces and producing film The power of live theatre at conferences (national or regional) adds impact and interest that engages delegates giving them an informative and enjoyable experience. National Conferences

Solomon teams have performed in national events at The GMEX Manchester Central, The Bournemouth International Centre, The Brighton Centre & The Ministry of Sound London. All the theatre shows have been used to support local conference events, the most popular “Last Orders” has toured to conferences in Essex, Cambridge, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Dorset & Oxford.

Bespoke Projects

Film Production

Often a request for a bespoke theatre show or workshop will be something we have already done so developing a piece can draw on this valuable experience. Where the subject is completely new to us, harnessing the creative energies of our team is particularly rewarding and not only produces successful collaborations but often results in regular annual tours. Films for broadcast, the web or DVD have unique qualities that can further support and enhance the learning by theatre and workshop. We’ve gained valuable experience in producing combined theatre-film resources as well as stand alone films through commissions from The Office of Fair Trading and Police Forces.

Solomon Associates (UK) Ltd High Street, Damerham, Hampshire, SP6 3EU T: 01725 518760 E: office@solomon-theatre.co.uk

www.solomon-theatre.co.uk

Solomon Theatre Company Programme 2011/12  

Company overview and description of touring shows.

Solomon Theatre Company Programme 2011/12  

Company overview and description of touring shows.

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