How Does It Work?
The Basic Idea
The Bear Educational Theatre can come to your school and play live theatre shows in English. The easiest way to get the ball rolling is to send us a short email decribing your situation, how many students you have, what level they are, and we will write back with some suggestions. In case it is not convenient for you to have an in-person visit this year, you can try our very popular online program. This way you can still have a live event, but it will be streamed into your classroom.
What Are the Shows Like?
The shows are played by actors live on stage,and are very interactive. The actors talk directly to the audience and the audience have opportunities to answer questions, give their opinions and, in the case of younger students, even shout to the actors. The shows are designed with teaching methodology very much in mind.
What happens when we book an event?
Once we have agreed on a program, we will send you a booking form to fill in. And then we will come to your school on the morning of the program.
If you reserve an online program, you will receive an access link a couple of days before the event. This means that you and your group will have access to the event, whether you are together in school or separated in a home-schooling situation.
What does the school need to prepare?
For in-person shows, the school needs to provide the playing area (often a gym or a canteen). They are also responsible for the seating (chairs, benches, mats, etc). The actord may ask to borrow some school desks and chairs, but this will be agreed before the show day.
If you are watching the show online in a classroom situation you should first check that you have a way to watch an internet live stream, either on a screen or projected from a computer. It helps the interaction if there is a camera and microphone pointing into your classroom so that the actors have a chance to see and hear you during the show. However, in the classroom situation, speakers are especially important so that the whole class can hear the show well. If students are watching from home, they can follow the show just as they would follow a regular online lesson. We will send you full instructions when you book.
What about materials?
The shows can be enjoyed without any special preparation. However, on booking the show, you will receive the basic preperation materials . These contain a few exercises and activities that you can do with your students before or after the show. If you join us on Patreon (www.patreon.com/thebeartheatre) you will have access to a lot more materials, articles, videos, etc.