Created by The Lyceum’s experienced Creative Learning team and building on our previous and highly successful, Project Dream and Project Scrooge inspired by The Lyceum's productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Christmas Carol respectively. Project BFG was the latest initiative as part of The Lyceum’s Creative Pathways Programme and our most ambitious to date.
Project BFG took place during The Lyceum’s autumn months of Season 2014/15 and was inspired by our Christmas production of Roald Dahl’s much loved classic, The BFG. Our aim was to bring the benefits of participating in a high quality arts project to those young people who would be unlikely to have access to the arts otherwise.
Project BFG participant numbers:
- 409 Pupils
- 25 Teachers
- 11 schools; 7 Primary, 3 Special school
- 3 Family Learning groups
There were 5 elements to the Project:
- Theatre Makers Programme
- Special Schools
- Family Learning Groups
- Family Arts Days/ The Big Draw
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All pupils and teachers came to The Lyceum, many for the first time, to see The BFG in December 2014.
Project BFG: Primary schools
South Morningside, Kirkliston, Gilmerton, Corstorphine, St Catherine’s RC, Forthview and Duddingston.
With our Theatre Makers programme for Primary Schools, artists from Lyceum Creative Learning worked with P4, P5 and P6 classes. Over a period of 6 weeks pupils learnt about the The BFG story, and were encouraged through Expressive Arts sessions to develop their own Creative responses to the play. They also visited the Lyceum Theatre on two occasions to explore backstage and to see The BFG. During the final week of the Project, the pupils shared their unique creative responses with the wider school community.
"A rich, inter-disciplinary experience. I knew it would also interest them in theatre and performance- not something that they are particularly familiar with" Teacher
Project BFG: Theatre Makers for Special Schools
Woodlands, Kaimes and Braidburn.
At The Lyceum we are conscious that young people with complex learning difficulties often face particular challenges in accessing high quality arts projects. We were therefore delighted to be able to use Project BFG as a pilot and involve students from 3 Special schools. Using the Theatre Makers programme as a model, we worked closely with teachers at each school to adapt Project BFG to suit their pupils in both the primary and secondary age groups. Sessions were led by Lyceum artists. The format enabled the young people to create an experience or performance inspired by the story of The BFG to be shared with their fellow pupils.
"The pupils I was with at The Lyceum loved the production and having worked on the story in such an expressive way I believe it greatly enhanced their visit to live theatre" Teacher
Project BFG: Family Learning Groups
Gate 55, West Pilton Neighborhood Centre and Carrickvale Community Centre/ Stenhouse Primary School.
Liaising closely with the Families Division of City of Edinburgh Community, Learning and Development Department, we worked with both children and their parents/carers running expressive arts activities which encouraged and fostered communication between them. By collaborating with other services we were able to ensure that we gave priority to families located in areas of social exclusion and those who are most in need of additional support.
"My child was crying every morning coming into school- but since the project and theatre visit she has been excited about coming into school" Parent
Family Arts Day/ Big Draw
We linked Project BFG with national events, Family Arts Festival and The Big Draw day. Alongside drama activities, we included crafting workshops and storytelling sessions.