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The Lost Lending Library
Image: Peabody with pupils in The Lost Lending Library, 2015, photograph by Paul Cochrane
Punchdrunk Enrichment, the education and outreach arm of Punchdrunk, develop and deliver high quality participatory theatrical projects with children, young people and the wider community. One of their current projects is The Lost Lending Library, an installation-based storytelling project for primary school children. This project combines workshops, performances and a detailed, sensory installation, and aims to increase literacy and oracy attainment in schools.
Over the last three years, The Lost Lending Library has visited 22 schools and reached approximately 12,700 pupils in Lewisham, Hackney, Newham and Barking & Dagenham. This year, this included a visit to Ripple Primary School – one of the biggest primary schools in the United Kingdom. Next school year will see the Library seeking new stories in Tower Hamlets and Haringey.
As the project goes from strength to strength and continues its journey through east London in 2016, Punchdrunk Enrichment are thrilled to share a new short documentary that tells the magical story of The Lost Lending Library, which you can watch here.
Emma Miles researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London worked closely with the Punchdrunk Enrichment team through the Creativeworks London Researcher-in-Residence scheme to produce a report examining the impact of immersive theatre practice in educational settings which focused on the Lost Lending Library project.
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