Friday 15 November 2013 saw the unveiling of an exciting Arts Award resource in connection with the international hit show War Horse, which arrives at The Lowry in November for a nine week run. Representatives from the arts and cultural sectors, local authorities, Trinity Guildhall and Arts Council England were present to celebrate the resource and the national partnerships which have been developed in producing the resource.
The resource will allow young people across the United Kingdom, who go to see the production on its national tour, to bring their experiences to life in documentation and result in achieving an Arts Award Explore qualification.
The War Horse Arts Award resource was developed by Tameside Council cultural services and The Lowry with support from Curious Minds (Arts Council England’s Bridge Organisation for the North West). The National Theatre offered extra support for the development of the resource and it is now a free to download resource from The Lowry website.
Based on the much-loved book by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse tells the story of young Albert, his horse Joey and the unimaginable challenges they face on the battlefields of World War One. War Horse is an unforgettable experience, filled with stirring music and songs. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
Ian Tabbron, Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England said: “It’s great to see an exemplary alliance in action here between a national institution (the National Theatre), a high quality regional cultural partner (The Lowry), a local authority (Tameside Council Cultural services) and one of our 10 regional Bridge organisations (Curious Minds) in connection with the national qualification for the arts. It really shows the difference partnerships and passion can make to the young people who live and learn in our regions. This resource and the evolving relationships will make a difference to young people right across the country and the partners involved should be applauded for their imagination and commitment.”
The War Horse Arts Award Explore Log will allow young people across the United Kingdom, who go to see the production on its national tour, to bring their experiences to life in documentation and result in achieving an Arts Award Explore qualification. It is now a free to download resource.
The Lowry have also created an exciting programme of workshops for young people exploring the creative process and historical context of this phenomenal show, including puppetry workshops, page –to-stage events and joint workshops with the Imperial War Museum North. Find out more and book.
National Theatre Live will also broadcast War Horse live from London’s West End to cinemas around the world on February 27, 2014. Find out more and book your tickets here: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/9460-war-horse
This War Horse Arts Award Explore resource has been created by Tameside Council and The Lowry, Salford and supported by Curious Minds in association with the National Theatre.