Punchdrunk and Emma Miles from Royal Holloway, University of London
Sarah Davies, Punchdrunk
PhD Student/Early Career Researcher
Emma Miles, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Punchdrunk Enrichment: the impact of immersive theatre practice in educational settings.
In 2008 Punchdrunk launched their enrichment programme, working with young people, children and the wider community. One of the flagship components of the programme has been The Lost Lending Library, a project in which Punchdrunk transforms primary school classrooms into a magical learning resource. Combining traditional classroom activities with the surprise element of a built installation The Lost Lending Library brings Punchdrunk’s hallmark cinematic level of visual detail to enhance learning.
For Emma Miles residency with Punchdrunk she joined The Lost Lending Library as it visited schools in Newham, East London. Shadowing the company Miles had two research questions: firstly, how does The Lost Lending Library support curriculum aims in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes. Secondly, to ask, what alternative pedagogical role might Punchdrunk Enrichment’s work play in school community.
To this end Miles documented her experiences with Punchdrunk via a dedicated blog, co-authored an article with Peter Higgins, Punchdrunk’s Enrichment Director and produced a substantial report for the company. Speaking of Miles work Punchdrunk stated that her report will “help us to connect and negotiate with schools in the future, to build the case for more innovative, immersive practice in a school setting”.
In the autumn of 2016 Punchdrunk is organising a symposium with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which Miles is likely to take part in.
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