See below from all-female theatre company, Scratchworks Theatre Company!

Most recently, after our Christmas tour of ‘The Snow Beast’ was cancelled due to Covid-19, we decided to turn it into an audio adventure using Emergency Funding from Arts Council England. ‘Faina and The Snow Beast’ is an action-packed audiobook and suitable for family audiences aged 6-11 and comes with an at-home activity pack containing over 15 science experiments to try at home. The pack is also perfect for the classroom, suitable for KS1 & KS2 classrooms. 

In the snowy town of Seldomberg test tubes bubble, experiments explode and new inventions whirr for the Science Academy’s Final Exams. But Faina’s got a problem… her project has unexpectedly burst into flames! Desperate to pass her Final Exams, Faina sets off on a perilous expedition into the wilderness to find the Snow Beast. With help from her owl assistant Maude, they encounter extraordinary spectacles and mountainous obstacles as they battle through the wild, wintry wilderness in search of the truth.

Can you help Faina & Maude overcome the scientific puzzles along the way? Does The Snow Beast even exist?

This audio adventure provides fantastic cross-curricular opportunities (Learning Outcomes for Schools attached) & after going on sale 5 days ago, we’ve already had several schools purchase a copy or show interest. 

The Experiment pack encourages hands-on scientific learning for the classroom or at home. All the activities can be done with a simple collection of resources (paper, pens, scissors, string, wooden spoon, balloons). Our young scientists are encouraged to source items from the recycling & re-use items for multiple experiments. 

The story is set in a wintery Scandinavian landscape, but with no direct reference to Christmas, it can also be enjoyed at any time in the school year and is inclusive for children of all faiths who may not celebrate Christmas.

‘Faina & the Snow Beast’ is currently on sale here: 

School Workshops

As a company we thrive on inspiring creativity and developing self confidence in young people. For secondary schools, we provide bespoke theatre workshop packages with examples detailed below. Members of the company also have experience working in SEN schools and facilitating primary school workshops. As creative leaders we prioritise participant inclusivity and wellness. We offer ‘check ins’ at the beginning + end of our workshops and respond to the participants’ needs in the space. We are also experienced in moving our workshops online due to Covid-19. 

Examples of workshops we offer:

  • 10 week Theatre + Comedy course (KS3 + KS4) Developing confidence in comedy, clowning, embracing failure and mastering performance skills
  • Devising from Scratch workshop (KS4 + KS5) Inspiring confidence in their own ideas and developing teamwork skills making original theatre collaboratively 
  • Creating a play in a day (KS3 + KS4) Embracing the fun and challenge of making a theatre performance in a day, promoting creativity and communication 
  • Making sound for stage – an introduction to Foley Artistry (KS5) Developing creativity using with everyday objects imaginatively to create sound effects & atmosphere 

We are also developing ‘Faina & The Snow Beast’ as an interactive stage show for Infant & Primary schools in 2021 that we hope to tour across Devon + nationally.  

School Performances

We regularly offer a combined show & workshop package to schools. Our historical trilogy of shows (‘Great Train Robbery’, ‘Womans (Like Romans but with a ‘W’), and Hags: A Magical Extravaganza) are all appropriate for KS3+ and come with a tailored workshop offer that focuses on the themes and tools used for each show.  More information on each production can be found here.

I hope this offers more insight into what we currently offer as a company. As I previously mentioned we’d love the opportunity to discuss how we can develop our work and connect with a wider network of schools and educational organisations. Would you be available for a zoom conversation to discuss this further? We could do some time next week if that works for you?