Theatres are a remarkable source of inspiration and information for learners of all ages. To encourage greater understanding of the value of theatre buildings and make its information more accessible The Theatres Trust has created a series of online learning resources including ‘Exploring Theatres’, an introduction to theatre buildings with downloadable teachers resources, and a Digital Image Library and Theatres Database.
About the Trust
The Theatres Trust is the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, protecting theatres for everyone. They operate nationally providing an authoritative and knowledgeable source of expert advice and information on theatres, promoting the value of theatre buildings and championing their future. Since its establishment in 1976 the Trust has acquired a substantial amount of material through its statutory consultee role dealing with theatre buildings. Currently they have an estimated 30,000 images, 2,700 individual theatre files including theatre plans, correspondence and working papers, and a theatres database with 3,500 entries.
Importance of Theatres
For centuries theatres have played an important part in society: as commercial enterprises; cultural icons; landmark buildings; places to meet, be seen, entertained, and transported to other worlds. Today they are a vital part of communities contributing to the local economy, encouraging regeneration and inspiring people to feel a part of their community. Because of this wide ranging appeal and importance, theatre buildings can be used in a number of ways to learn about society, appreciate the built heritage, and bring social, artistic and technical history to life.
Exploring Theatres and other resources
‘Exploring Theatres’ gives students the chance to find out more about the role theatres play in their community and provides an exciting route into curriculum subjects. It helps trace the history of theatres, discover the varied styles of theatre decoration, uncover the different types of stages and auditoria, find out what makes a theatre, and introduces the people who work in a theatre. A series of curriculum-linked Key Stage 2 downloadable resource sheets provide background information and inspiration for teaching approaches. They are easily adaptable for all ages.
There are five subjects – art and design, citizenship, geography, history and literacy – and a separate resource sheet providing guidance for planning a visit to a theatre. The Theatres Trust also provide the following specialist resources:
• Online Theatres Database and Image Library
• Publications and Reference Library (by appointment only)
• Theatres Archive
• Enquiry Service
For further information regarding the resources available please contact Kate Carmichael Resources Advisor for The Theatres Trust.
- Online Teachers Resource Packs with activities
- Supporting theatres related resources
- Theatre Education Links
- Library and Meeting Room
- Full Public Liability Insurance
- LOTC Manifesto Supporter
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