Wonky

by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash

Lights!  Camera!  Action!  We know nothing beats the experience of live theatre, but (despite technology not being our strong suit) we are trying to adapt to the challenges of 2020.  So we are filming WONKY (in a very simple way) to share with schools on their smartboards, and with venues.
The price for schools is just £60 for an hour’s educational entertainment, and this includes two signed copies of our accompanying illustrated poetry book, which we will post to you for your library.  Email us at childrenstheatre@reallybigpants.co.uk for the link.  Despite it not being the usual hugely interactive experience in your hall, there are still our pre-show activities to get all the children joining in, and to build anticipation for the event, plus our extensive resource pack to support learning.
We are so excited to be bringing our beloved show to the really big screen (although if you watch it on your phone, it will be a really small screen), so pop open the popcorn (or a nutritious snack that you’ve prepared from wonky veg) and join us online for an awesome adventure!
Plus for just £20 more, we’d be delighted to have a Zoom/Teams Q&A session with your school.

Take a large handful of nutrition, a healthy helping of physical education and a hearty portion of PSHE, and mix them together with (clean) green fingers.  Bake for 55 minutes against the glittering backdrop of a dance competition.  Add a dollop of peer pressure, serve with some celebrity culture and a garnish of gender equality – et voilà!  Plant a seed and see what grows…

A show about being different
Being wonky
Being YOU

WONKY tackles bullying and helps children celebrate their differences.

Suitable for Y2-6

Running time 55 minutes

Messy Jesse loves dancing.  He’s not necessarily that good at it, but he always tries his best.  There’s a dance competition at Kids Club but no-one will partner him.  Enter Olive.  She doesn’t love dancing.  She loves cooking.  And the prize is dinner at celebrity chef Monsieur Nincompoop’s new restaurant…

Will they work together as a team?

What will happen if the restaurant staff all get food poisoning, thanks to poor hygiene?  Who will be able to save the day and cook a delicious nutritious meal, sourcing tasty fresh seasonal vegetables from the garden (that aren’t necessarily the ‘perfect’ shape), for the celebrity guests – enigmatic pop star Solar Pa’nelle and Rapper Scool Yo, who thinks vegetables come out of his nan’s freezer?

And what will Trixie say – supposedly Olive’s best friend, and keen to win the dance competition herself?

Should we always read the label?  Using PSHE and relationships education to help youngsters tackle bullying and peer pressure, and cultivate a healthy body image and self-esteem, whilst learning more about nutrition and where their food comes from.

There will be cooking!  There will be dancing!  There will be rapping!  Not all at the same time.

  • Pre-show activity
  • Olive faces a huge challenge in Monsieur Nincompoop’s restaurant and needs YOUR help.  Can you learn this chant and encourage her to believe in herself when Messy Jesse asks you to?

Girls can be chefs and boys can dance
We’ve got to believe and take a big chance
Just try, don’t be shy; I’m sure that you’ll fly
Especially if you wear some really big pants!

This show is a springboard into learning for the new primary curriculum, focusing on relationships education, and has an extensive accompanying resource pack for teachers, brimming with discussion points and activities in art, physical education, music and food growing.  We’ve been shown round some incredible edible playgrounds in schools and it’s wonderful to see children connecting with nature and learning how to grow food and develop a healthy attitude to nutrition.  Gardening also links to the mental and physical benefits of being outdoors and exercising.

There is an accompanying volume of poems, written in the voices of the characters from the show, and covering many different styles.  POETRY VERSUS POTTERY is illustrated throughout by Rosie Alabaster and is stocked in the Chicken & Frog bookshop, can be ordered through Waterstones or bought from us at events.  The book also encourages children to write their own poetry.

Please may we have:
A parking space for our car
Access to a plug socket
A smallish table that can be sat at and two chairs
An hour in the space beforehand to set up, and at least 30 minutes afterwards to pack away
Lots of brilliant kids in the audience!

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