News

25/05/17 Casting Call – Mr and Mrs Polluto

We’re excited to be holding auditions for our next children’s production, Mr and Mrs Polluto, on Thursday, 1st June. Please see our casting call for more information and send your cover letter and CV to productions@totalinsighttheatre.com by Tuesday, 30th May.


27/04/17 Ideas Test commission

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be working on our next children’s production with support from Ideas Test and Greggs Foundation. We’ll be announcing more details about the production in the next few weeks, so don’t forget to look out for our updates…


30/03/17 We’ve received funding from Arts Award

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve received funding from Arts Award’s Access Fund to pilot the Arts Award in our creative clubs!


17/03/17 We’re a registered Arts Award Centre

We’re pleased to announce that we are now a registered Arts Award Centre where children and young people can work towards their Arts Awards!


13/02/17 Family Arts Standards

We’re delighted to announce that we have committed to Family Arts Standards, underlining our commitment to providing a range of quality and accessible opportunities for families.

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30/01/17 World Book Day Drama Workshops

We’re delighted to take our World Book Day drama workshops to schools around London this March. Celebrating stories and culture, this fun and action-packed workshop transforms the children into book explorers who travel around the world to discover new stories, characters and places.

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16/01/17 Road Bumps is touring

We’re touring our interactive storytelling session Road Bumps around London schools and nurseries! We received some great feedback when we took it to Brent and we’re excited to be back on the road.

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09/01/17 Our Creative Clubs Resume

Now that Christmas Break is over, our creative clubs resume this week. We can’t wait to see what great drama, puppetry and musical theatre the children will produce this term!

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07/12/16 Join Us For Our Christmas Workshops

We’re looking forward to launching our new children’s Christmas workshop The Night Before Christmas with Barking and Dagenham Council this month and we have included five of our workshops that are FREE and open to the public below.

14th December 15:30-16:30 – Thames View Library

15th December 16:00-17:00 – Barking Library

19th December 16:00-17:00 – Dagenham Library

21st December 11:00-12:00 – Chadwell Heath Centre

22nd December 14:00-15:00 – Marksgate Library


17/11/16 Leandro Meets Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

We were delighted to attend Creative Youth’s Royal Gala Dinner this week. Leandro welcomed the guests as they arrived and even met Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Leandro at Royal Gala Dinner


09/10/16 Inspirational Figures Workshops in Brent

We’ll be delivering four Inspirational Figures in Kingsbury and Wembley libraries over the next two weeks. The workshops are designed to lift history off the page as children learn about historic figures from around the world.


31/10/16 Our Creative Clubs Resume

Now that half-term is over, our creative clubs all around London resume this week. We can’t wait to see what great drama and puppetry the children produce these last few weeks of term!


26/10/16 Sell-Out Performance of Road Bumps at The Library At Willesden Green

We loved returning to The Library At Willesden Green for our sell-out discovery adventure Road Bumps today and are delighted by our audience feedback!

“Great show! Very interactive and engaging for the children!”
Brent Council

“Great session for the children with lots of participation. They really enjoyed themselves!”
St. Michael’s Nursery


24/10/16 Our Be A Champ workshop in Hackney

We’ll be delivering our Be A Champ workshop at the Dalston CLR James Library this Wednesday, 26th October for their Black History Month programme. We can’t wait to explore the stories of historical sporting legends!


21/10/16 Our Black History Month Workshops in Croydon

We can’t wait to travel around Africa and learn about inspirational figures in Croydon on Tuesday, 25th October as part of their Black History Month programme.


20/10/16 Road Bumps The Library at Willesden Green

Our new discovery adventure, Road Bumps, for children aged 3+ will be at The Library at Willesden Green in Brent on Wednesday, 26th October from 11:00-12:00. Click this link to find out more.

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19/10/16 Our Travel Around Africa Workshops in Hillingdon

We’ll be in Hillingdon on Monday, 24th October to deliver three Travel Around Africa workshops at Uxbridge, Oak Farm and South Ruislip Libraries as part of their annual Culture Bite festival.


17/10/16 Our Travel Around Africa Workshops in Kensington and Chelsea

We’re excited to deliver two Black History Month workshops this Saturday, 22nd October, at North Kensington Library (11am-12pm) and Brompton Library (2.30-3.30pm). You can find out more information here and book a free place at any Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea library.

Travel Around Africa workshops


03/10/16 Road Bumps Comes to Brent

We’re excited to announce that our new discovery adventure, Road Bumps, for children aged 3+ will be at The Library at Willesden Green on Wednesday, 26th October from 11:00-12:00. Click this link to get your tickets!

Road Bumps


19/09/16 Our Black History Month Workshops

We’re excited to announce that we’ve got lots of activities planned for this year’s Black History Month. We’ll be mostly working with schools but we’ve listed all our  workshops that are FREE and open to the public thanks to our council partners below, so if you have any little ones or know someone who does, join us this October!

22nd October 11:00-12:00 – Travel Around Africa at North Kensington Library
22nd October 14:30-15:30 – Travel Around Africa at Brompton Library
24th October 11:00-12:00 – Travel Around Africa at Uxbridge Library
24th October 13:30-14:30 – Travel Around Africa at Oak Farm Library
24th October 15:30-16:30 – Travel Around Africa at South Ruislip Library
25th October 11:00-12:00 – Travel Around Africa at Norbury Library
25th October 14:00-15:00 – Inspirational Figures at Thornton Heath Library
26th October 14:00-15:00 – Be A Champ! at Dalston CLR James Library

Find out more about our Black History Month workshops here!


05/09/16 Our Creative Clubs Resume

We can’t wait to start back our Creative Clubs all over London, providing affordable and accessible theatre opportunities for children aged 5+!


26/08/16 Our New Children’s Adventure Road Bumps

We’re pleased to announce that after a successful summer tour of Leandro, we’re developing a new fun and interactive discovery adventure for children aged 3+ called Road Bumps. Using nursery rhymes, action songs and percussion music, the adventure follows the journey of three children who whizz, swish and whoosh around London on buses, bicycles and rollerblades!

Road Bumps


03/08/16 Leandro Family Fun Day at London’s South Bank

This Saturday we’re delighted to be holding a free Family Fun Day from 11am-4pm at the CopaCABANA Beach on London’s South Bank. On the day there will be the opportunity to find fun-filled facts about Brazil in the sand, have a go at making a Brazilian beat and see scenes from our children’s play Leandro. The Family Fun Day is ran by our charity partner Childreach International and you can find out more about the Family Fun Day here.

CopaCABANA beach colouring-in sheet

Illustration: Des Campell


18/07/16 Leandro Launch at Fieldfisher

Last Thursday we held an exclusive launch for our children’s play Leandro at Fieldfisher. The launch was held in partnership with our charity partner ABC Trust and was an opportunity for our attendees to get a glimpse of the work we do at Total Insight Theatre as well as find out about all the wonderful work that ABC Trust and Childreach International do.

LEANDRO launch

Photograph: Owen Harvey


06/07/16 Leandro at IYAF

This weekend we’ll be touring our children’s play Leandro to the Arthur Cotterell Theatre as part of this year’s IYAF in Kingston. We’ll be doing two shows, one on Saturday at 2.30pm and the other on Sunday at 5pm. For more information and tickets please click here. See you there!

Leandro at IYAF Launch

Photograph: Tangle Photography


27/06/16 Leandro at Crossrail Place Roof Garden

We’re delighted to announce that Leandro will be touring to the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on Saturday, 30th July at 2pm thanks to The Space. You can book your tickets here!


22/06/16 LEANDRO starts touring tomorrow!

Our children’s play LEANDRO about the Rio Olympics starts touring theatres, libraries and schools tomorrow. Find out when he’ll be near you and be a part of his fun-filled adventure!


17/06/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is About Me, the perfect game to understand more about a group by discovering facts about them!

1. You’ll need some paper to play this game.

2. Hand out strips of paper and get participants to write something unusual about themselves, for example a characteristic or a favourite food. Examples are:

  • I can wiggle my ears.
  • I love Dr. Seuss books.

3. Put all the answers into a pot. Take one answer at a time and read it out loud. Invite guesses to discover whose answer it is.

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31/05/16 Free LEANDRO Colouring-In Sheet

We’ve created a colouring-in sheet for our children’s play LEANDRO that we will be distributing to councils and libraries across London. Download your FREE copy by clicking here.

LEANDRO Colouring-In Sheet

Illustration: Des Campbell


27/05/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

This week we have just the game for you to encourage imagination, physical movement and mime for group introductions: Name Gesture.

1. Have everyone sit in a circle.

2. Start by stepping forward and saying your name with an action. Then step back and ask one of the students next to you to follow the example, and then to pass it on to the next student and so on.

3. Continue until everyone has been introduced.

Tip: For less confident groups you could run it in pairs where they introduce each other and have an opportunity to discuss their mimes with each other.

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25/05/16 LEANDRO at CopaCABANA Beach Family Fun Day

We’re delighted to announce that our Family Fun Day, The Leandro Experience, will be taking place at the CopaCABANA Beach on London’s South Bank from 11am-4pm on 6th August. There will be lots of free activities for all ages based on our children’s play LEANDRO, so, why not come along as we bring the magic of Rio to London this summer?

Please click here for more information about our activities on the day.


20/05/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is At the Party, a great game for improvisation!

1. Choose two people to be security guards.

2. The two security guards pick an action that people must do to attend their party.

3. Each person then has a go at improvising and trying out different actions to try and get into the party. If they do the right action chosen by the security guards, they will be let into the party. However, they may not know which of their actions was the right one.

4. Therefore, at the end of the game all participants must try and work out what the security guard’s action was.

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19/05/16 Travel Around Rio Workshops

Inspired by our children’s play LEANDRO, we’ll be travelling around Rio with over 800 primary school children across London this summer. We can’t wait wait to launch our new workshops!


13/05/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Personal Advert, a game that highlights the best and worst of different characters’ personalities!

Personal adverts you find in newspapers can inspire comical characters, which can also lead to students designing their own adverts. Examples include fit swimmer, loves reading, sings or doesn’t like spiders.

1. On a postcard size piece of card/paper get students to write their own personal advertisement.

2. You can display the postcards and decide who belongs to the advert.

Tip: This can also be assigned as homework!

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11/05/16 LEANDRO at the IYAF Launch

We were delighted to introduce Leandro to guests at the launch of the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) on Monday at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Leandro had a fantastic time welcoming guests as they were arriving and giving them a taste of the show.

The event – attended by Cllr Geoff Austin, Deputy Mayor of Kingston upon Thames, Deputy Mayoress Sheila Austin, patrons Michael Underwood and Angellica Bell, representatives from Kingston’s businesses, councillors, local individuals, artistic and charity organisations, schools and all the fans and supporters of IYAF – included an inspirational speech from IYAF Festival Director, Andy Currums:

“Filled with enthusiasm, optimism, talent and laughter, it is the young people who make the International Youth Arts Festival, creating a wild and colourful spectacle which lasts in Kingston for ten days – but in our memories, hearts and imagination for much much longer,’ said Andy Currums, IYAF Festival Director.”

We will be performing LEANDRO during the festival at the ACT Main House on 9th and 10th July. For full details, please click here.

Leandro at IYAF Launch
Photograph: Tangle Photography


06/05/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Pass The Emotion, a game that works particularly well for younger groups!

1. Ask everyone to sit in a circle.

2. With very little explanation simply say that you’re going to pass a smile around the circle. Start this off by passing a big smile to the person sat to your left, and then encourage it all the way around.

3. Using the same principle, pass along further emotions or feelings such as:
– Sad
– Excited
– Angry
– Hungry
– Scared
– And so on!

Tip: This can be adapted for older groups, using more mature emotions such as jealousy, embarassment, shyness etc.

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29/04/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Boom Chicka Boom – perfect for warming up the voice and developing accents!

This is a call and response exercise so you call out each line and the students repeat back.

“I said a Boom”
“I said a Boom Chicka Boom”
“I said a Boom Chicka Rocka Chicka Rocka Chicka Boom”
“Uh huh”
“Oh yeah”
“One more time”

Tip: Have a few different styles up your sleeve, e.g. accents, emotions etc.

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25/04/16 Our Autumn Programme

We’re excited to announce that we are developing an exciting new children’s play called Road Bumps, which will be touring schools, theatres and libraries from October 2016.


22/04/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is ‘Traffic Lights’, the perfect game to focus minds ready for a drama workshop and build spatial awareness!

1. Students walk around the space in a neutral way trying to visit every corner of the room.

2. Encourage students to forget about where they may have been and to empty their minds of thought to prepare themselves for the workshop/class ahead.

3. Call out:
Red = Freeze
Amber = Sit on the floor
Green = Begin walking

Tip: You can change the actions to explore particular gestures ready for the lesson.

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18/04/16 On Your Marks… Get Set… Go!

We’re pleased to announce that our On Your Marks… Get Set… Go! workshops about transitioning from Year 6 to 7 are now available for bookings. Click here to find out more.


15/04/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is ‘Doctor’s Surgery’, a great energy game promoting teamwork!

1. Students will need chairs and be sat in a circle.

2. The idea is that you’re all in a ‘Doctor’s surgery’ sat in the waiting lounge on your chairs.

3. Place one student in the middle so there is one spare chair. The student in the middle wants to sit down but the students on their chairs won’t let them.

4. As soon as the student in the middle tries to sit down, the person next to the chair sits on it, and the new empty chair is filled by the student next to them and so on (all one way.)

5. Seated students can only fill the chair next to them in a sequence. Stress how important it is for everyone to work well together, concentrating on their next move!

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08/04/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is an absolute favourite! It’s Wink Murder, the perfect game to develop teamwork skills and concentration!

1. Choose a ‘detective’ and send them outside or away from the group.

2. Tell students to sit in a circle on the floor and close their eyes while you silently tap the ‘murderer’ on the shoulder. Ask the detective to come back in and sit with the others in the circle.

3. The ‘murderer’ can now ‘kill off’ other students by winking at them but must try to do so unnoticed.

4. When a student has been winked at they must die a ‘dramatic death.’

5. The detective then must try and catch the murderer (3 guesses normally).

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01/04/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Jumping Jelly Beans, a great way to develop imagination, improvisation and spontaneity!

1. Every student has a space in the room and the teacher is the caller.

2. Each type of bean call out has a particular action that the students do, for example:

Broad bean – stretch as far as you can
String bean – as tall and high as you can
Frozen bean – freeze like a statue
Jelly bean – wobble your whole body
French bean – say in a French accent “oooh la, la”
Jumping bean – jump on the spot

Tip: The frozen bean is useful to bring the energy back down!

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30/03/16 Trust Greenbelt funding for My Choice Matters!

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Trust Greenbelt for My Choice Matters. My Choice Matters is an ambitious project in which ten 14-16-year-olds from a pupil referral unit in Hackney will devise a play about gun and knife crime, and then perform it in a London courtroom.

You can find out more about My Choice Matters by clicking here.

You can find out more about Trust Greenbelt by clicking here.

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25/03/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Fruit Bowl, a great game to develop spatial awareness!

1. Students begin in a circle, ideally sitting on chairs.

2. Label the children with 5 types of fruit, e.g. banana, apple, cherry, strawberry, pineapple. Repeat the sequence until every child is labelled with a fruit.

3. To check they remember call out each fruit and get the students to raise their hand when their fruit is called.

4. Now explain that you will call out a fruit and those who are that fruit must change places (not with people sat next to them). If you call out “fruit bowl” everyone moves!
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21/03/16 LEANDRO cast

We’re delighted to announce that Anna Rowland, Dominic Attenborough and Isambard Rawbone have been cast in our upcoming children’s play LEANDRO.

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18/03/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Grandmother’s Footsteps, an all-time favourite that develops spatial awareness and teamwork skills!

1. Choose a ‘grandmother’ who stands on one side of the room facing a wall everyone else is to stand the other end of the room.

2. Explain that the objective is for everyone to creep up on grandmother.

3. At any point, grandmother can turn around, whereupon any child caught moving has to return to the far wall and start again!

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16/03/16 ‘Herbie, the Scientist’ Touring This Week

We’re excited for our Science Week drama workshops to tour this week. In this interactive learning experience children across London will meet Herbie the Scientist who teaches about the digestive system through experimentation and improvisation!


11/03/16 LEANDRO Casting

We are now casting for our Summer 2016 production LEANDRO by Tom Harding Assinder, a fun-filled adventure that follows a young boy as he dreams of running for Brazil in the Rio Olympics.

We seek three actors/puppeteers who have experience of or enthusiasm for performing to children in small-scale venues throughout London this summer.

Please click here to read our full audition brief and send your CV, photograph and preferred audition date/time by Wednesday, 23rd March to:
Adam Tulloch artistic@totalinsighttheatre.com

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11/03/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is 1, 2, 3, BUZZ! – a great way to get children to concentrate and work as a team!

1. Start in a Drama circle.

2. Start by counting out loud around the circle to get familiar with the counting movement.

3. The teacher then calls out a change. For example, replacing numbers in the 5 times table with “buzz” instead of the actual number: 1, 2, 3, 4, “buzz,” 6, 7, 8, 9, “buzz,” etc.

4. If the group catches on quickly, another change can be added. For example, replacing numbers in the 3 times table with the word “flop”. In this instance the number 15 would be announced with a “buzz flop” since 15 can be divided by both 5 AND 3!

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04/03/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is 21, a fantastic way to build team spirit and improve concentration!

1. Get your group to sit in a circle.

2. The aim of the game is to count to 21 as a group by getting a feel for when nobody else is about to shout out the next number and calling out consecutive numbers individually. If 2 people say a number at the same time, the group has to start again from 1!

3. Watch out for the group forming any cheeky patterns!

4. For advanced groups, you can always increase the target!

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27/02/16 We’re supporting the ABC Trust with LEANDRO!

We are proud to be raising funds for Action for Brazil’s Children (ABC) Trust who support grassroots community projects to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in Brazil. You can find out more about the great work they do here.

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26/02/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Pass the Story, a great way to get the imagination going!

1. Everybody sits in a circle.

2. As the instructor, you pick a subject and tell the first line of a story.

3. Then pass the story on and let the player next to you make up the second line. This continues around the circle until it’s your turn to conclude the story based on what the circle has created!

4. For more advanced groups, you can let the group choose a subject and pick someone to start the first line.

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22/02/16 New Workshops for March

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be delivering three new workshops across schools throughout London this March to coincide with World Book Day, International Women’s Day and Science Week!


19/02/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Chewing Gum, a great facial warm-up!

1. All players stand in a circle. You explain that they are in for a very special treat: a piece of chewing gum, which tastes delicious to some and absolutely disgusting to others!

2. Begin by putting the imaginary gum in your mouth and chew it slowly, making the sound effects and showing your group how it tastes to you.

3. Take the imaginary gum out of your mouth and pass it on to the next player to find out how it tastes to them. Before the player passes it on again, remind the group that this gum tastes different to everyone and that this should be reflected on their faces. Also, the taste of the gum gets stronger and stronger as it’s passed on and so should the players’ reactions! In the end, players should be using their whole bodies to tell the group how the gum tastes to them!

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17/02/16 ‘My Reading Matters’

We’re delighted to be partnering with Idea Store Whitechapel for the launch of ‘My Reading Matters’, our pilot project that uses drama to improve the reading and comprehension skills of children in Tower Hamlets who do not speak English as their first language. Find out more here!

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12/02/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Faces, a great game to introduce children to acting out different emotions!

1. Get your group to sit down in a circle.

2. As the instructor, you call out an emotion, e.g. ‘Nervous!’, after which the group has to make their very best ‘nervous’ faces.

3. Repeat this, calling out different emotions, e.g. ‘Happy!’, ‘Angry!’, ‘Sad!’ or ‘Bored!’.

4. For more advanced groups you can always try to call out a scenario, e.g. ‘Your first day at school!’ and see what faces they create!

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05/02/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is an absolute classic! You may have guessed it – it’s Zip Zap Boing!

1. Get your group to form a circle.

2. Send a clap around the circle and say ‘Zip!’ to the person next to you as you pass it. Try sending a ‘Zip!’ around the circle and see how fast it can whizz round!

3. Once you’ve mastered the perfect ‘Zip!’, introduce a ‘Zap!’, which is a clap across the room and directed at another player who can then ‘Zap!’ someone else or send a ‘Zip!’ to the person on either side.

4. Finally, try adding a ‘Boing!’, which is a rejection of both the ‘Zip!’ and the ‘Zap!’ with both hands up in the air. This then sends the clap back to the person who sent it and has to continue with a ‘Zip!’ or a ‘Zap!’

Good luck!

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29/01/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is Yes Let’s, a fun, enthusiastic and energetic team game for all ages!

1. Spread out as a group and all players offer suggestions for activities, all of which begin with ‘I know, let’s…’ These can be as funny or simple as you like!

2. As the team leader make the first suggestion, e.g. ‘I know, let’s… swim with dolphins!’ You then encourage everyone to follow suit as you all shout ‘Yes, let’s!’ and make your very best imitation of swimming with dolphins.

3. Each player can then make their own suggestions, each met with the enthusiastic and positive reply of ‘Yes, let’s!’ by the group. Make sure you ask everyone to have a go and don’t forget about the shy ones who may just need some extra encouragement!

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22/01/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our Drama Game of the Week is: RUBBER CHICKEN!

We play this to warm up in our after-school drama clubs and we promise this will be a hit, building energy levels and team working skills! You can, of course, replace the phrase ‘rubber chicken’ with a word that has meaning for your group to give a feeling of group solidarity or positive energy!

1. Ask all kids to stand in a circle. Explain that youare all going to shake your right hands up in the air 8 times whilst counting loudly and quickly – 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

2. Then you repeat this with your left hand, then right leg, then left leg. Make sure the counting is fast and loud and the shaking is vigorous and energetic!

3. As soon as you have done all four limbs, repeat the shaking and counting from 7 to 1, then 6 to 1 and so on until you finally shake each limb once when everyone shouts ‘RUBBER CHICKEN’ and shakes their whole body like … well … a rubber chicken!

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15/01/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Do your little ones like to say no? Our Outreach Coordinator Sian has handpicked another perfect game for you to play this weekend!

Complete the Image

1. Sit the group of no-enthusiasts in a circle.
2.The biggest no-enthusiast comes into the circle and strikes a pose.

3.Another player comes in and joins the image. Both hold the image for a moment, then the first player sits back down.
4. Now a third player jumps up and completes the second player’s image who is still holding their pose.
5.Then continue in this way, teaching children about complementarity, observation and creative expression through different images!

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12/01/16 We Have an Image for LEANDRO!

We have been working with the fantastic illustrator Des Campbell on an image for our upcoming children’s play LEANDRO about the 2016 Rio Olympics! Have a look!

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08/01/16 Our Drama Game of the Week!

Our drama game of the week, as carefully selected by our Outreach Coordinator Sian, is ‘I Am the King of the Jungle’. The rules are easy so let’s play! There is no set-up required, just some children and lots of FUN!

1. The instructor, the giraffe, stands on tip toes and says ‘chomp chomp’, motioning talking hands.
2. If the instructor says ‘Cheetah!’ everyone runs on the spot as fast as they possibly can!
3. If the instructor says ‘Lion!’ everyone roars very loudly and their hands become dangerous claws.
4. If the instructor says ‘Snake!’ everyone lies on the floor and turns into slithering snakes.
5. The instructor will alternate between the different animals, going faster as the game progresses whilst everybody has to keep up!

Ready? Set? GO!

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03/12/15 Our New Play LEANDRO for the Rio Olympics 2016

We are excited to announce that we are working with Tom Harding Assinder to put together a new children’s play about 8-year old Leandro  for the Rio Olympics 2016!

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05/11/15 Workshop for ‘Recycled Teenagers’

We had a great time working with the National Trust’s Sutton House again to deliver a workshop for the ‘Recycled Teenagers’, a group of senior adults, based on the life of Mary Seacole. They loved our workshop leader Ella and said:

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“The workshop was very interesting and brought across very well! We really enjoyed the acting and subject of Mary Seacole!”

28/10/15 Devisenberg Gets Free Rehearsal Space

We are delighted to announce that we have allocated the free rehearsal space to the new theatre company Devisenberg as they explore young people and relationships in preparation for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival!


25/10/15 Free Rehearsal Space

We are offering free rehearsal space at the Calder Bookshop Theatre in Waterloo (opposite the Young Vic Theatre) to a young theatre company hoping to make an idea reality!

We are offering the space on the following days:

Tuesday, 27th October 6-8pm
Tuesday, 3rd November 6-8pm
Tuesday, 24th November 6-8pm
Tuesday, 1st December 6-8pm
Tuesday, 8th December 6-8pm

The space measures 17′ by 27′ and can hold up to 15 people. There are chairs and a table if you need them.

So if you are a young, dynamic theatre company that has an interesting project and would like a rehearsal space to create your work, and explore and develop your ideas email us at artistic@totalinsighttheatre.com, outlining what you would like to use the space for!


02/10/15 Travelling Around Africa This October

Our ‘Travel Around Africa’ workshops will be at a variety of schools across London this October. We can’t wait to take over 600 children on this journey!

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29/09/15 ‘Travel Around Africa’ Workshops With Hackney Council

We have been commissioned by Hackney Council to hold a ‘Travel Around Africa’ workshop on Tuesday, 27th October 2:30-3:30pm at the Dalston CLR James Library as part of their Black History Month programme.

The workshop takes children (6-10 years) on an imaginary journey around the continent and at the end each child will receive a certificate and sticker rewards to serve as a visual reminder of their journey.

The workshop is free but spaces are limited so please book by contacting the library on 020 8356 3000. More information can be found here.


28/09/15 Soundscape for the National Trust’s Sutton House

We are looking forward to recording a soundscape with Sharon Henry for the National Trust’s Sutton House based on the life of Mary Seacole!

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25/09/15 Total Insight Uni for students at SOAS, University of London

We will be talking to students at SOAS, University of London about Total Insight Uni during their Welcome Week on 24th September!

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18/09/15 O2 Think Big Funding

Our funding bid to O2 Think Big has been successful! We will be using the money to pilot ‘My Reading Matters’, a project that will use drama to improve the reading and comprehension skills of primary school children in Tower Hamlets who do not speak English as their first language.

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17/09/15 Big Family Fun Day at the National Trust’s Sutton House

We’ll be part of the National Trust’s Sutton House’s Big Family Fun Day on 25th October! We’ll be holding workshops on Mary Seacole’s life for children aged between 6 and 10. Come on by!


16/09/15 Total Insight Uni for students at the University of East London

Find us talking about Total Insight Uni to students at University of East London during their Freshers Week on 23rd September!

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14/09/15 After-School Programmes Update

We’re pleased to announce that all of our after-school clubs are now up and running again this year. We look forward to working with all of the children involved and watching the end of term shows!


02/09/15 Southbank Centre Careers in the Arts Day

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be participating in this year’s Careers in the Arts Day at the Southbank Centre where we will be launching ‘My Pitch Matters’, which will give young people aged 16-25 the opportunity to gain advice on funding, marketing, and going through with their own community arts project. More information on the event can be found here.


01/08/15 We travelled around Africa at the ‘August in Africa’ summer festival

Today we took 20 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years on an imaginary journey around Africa, visiting Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Egypt!


17/07/15 Bespoke workshop for ‘August in Africa’ summer festival

We’re pleased to announce that we will be launching our Black History Month ‘Travel Around Africa’ children’s workshop at this year’s ‘August in Africa’ Festival on Saturday, 1st August!

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08/07/15 End-of-year performances and award ceremonies

Our end-of-year after-school club performances were the result of lots of hard work this term and we are extremely proud of all children who took part in the shows! They definitely deserved their certificates!


20/02/15 New logo

We have a new logo designed by Roxanne from Crazivity, have a look!

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05/02/15  The Croydon Heritage Festival

Plans are under way to stage two performances of Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African at this year’s Heritage Festival. More information to follow soon.


27/01/15 Artistic Director to give a guest lecture on Olaudah Equiano

Adam Tulloch will be joining Shantelle George to give a guest lecture at SOAS, University of London on Olaudah Equiano.


23/01/15 Artistic Director to join Teach First’s ‘Education Matters’ conference as a panelist

Adam Tulloch will be a guest panelist at Teach First’s `Education Matters` conference and will be speaking about diverse approaches in education. Click here for more information.


07/01/15 After-School Programmes update

We are pleased to announce that all of our after-school programmes will be continuing this term. Our themes this term include space and the seasons.


17/12/14 Feedback from Denver

We received great feedback from our Denver students:

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“Wonderful job! It was really interesting to watch the actors and then have them give insight and be involved in the discussion”

12/12/14 Bespoke Olaudah Equiano workshop

We will be delivering a bespoke workshop on Olaudah Equiano, for visiting students from the University Denver, Colorado.


26/11/14 Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African is sold out!

All tickets for this week’s performances of Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African at Sutton House are now sold out.


24/11/14 Tickets for Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African selling fast

Tickets for Wednesday and Friday are now sold out! There are only a few tickets left for Thursday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite


12/11/14 Total Insight Theatre Now Incorporated!

We are now a registered company limited by guarantee! Company number: 09293224


12/11/14 Olaudah Equiano Poster Competition at Sutton House

The winner of our poster competition at Sutton House has been announced!

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13/10/14 Total Insight Theatre at Sutton House

Tickets are now available for our current production Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African at Sutton House. Click here for tickets and more information.


13/10/14 After-School Programme at Trinity All Through

Following the success of our taster workshop, we will be delivering a weekly after-school programme at Trinity All Through.


06/10/14 After-School Programme at Rockmount Primary School

We will be delivering a weekly after-school programme at Rockmount Primary School.


04/10/14 After-School Programme at Trinity All Through

We will be delivering a taster workshop session for Trinity All Through Primary School in Hither Green. The workshop will be based on sea explorers and will be an opportunity for children at Trinity All Through to experience what Total Insight Youth has to offer.


04/10/14 After-School Programme at Edmonton County School

We will be delivering a taster workshop session for primary school students at Edmonton County. The workshop will be an opportunity for children at Edmonton County to experience what Total Insight Youth has to offer.


02/10/14 Workshops at Sutton House

We will be delivering a series of workshops for secondary school students at Sutton House National Trust. The workshops will be based around our current production, Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African, and form part of Sutton House’s Black History Month season.


18/09/14 After-School Programme at Bell Lane Primary School

We begin our weekly after-school programme at Bell Lane Primary School.


08/09/14 Total Insight Theatre at Sutton House

We are pleased to announce that Olaudah Equiano, The Enslaved African will be transferring to Sutton House from the 26th-29th November. More information to follow.

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