'Sorted?' is a participatory performance event for families with under 5's that we have devised as part of the Open Sesame project and are now taking it out to all the nurseries that have been involved in the project (13 in Sussex and Surrey). We wanted to be able to quickly and easily transform the community centres and church halls that we are going to, and to give parents lots of ideas from the show that they could easily do at home - and we've achieved that by starting simple: with cardboard boxes! Feedback so far has been great, and by going out to the nurseries where the project has been taking place, we are engaging family audiences who are not usually theatre-goers. Here is a copy of the leaflet from the show: SortedleafletLandscape.pdf

We are doing public performances at the Dome in Brighton on 7th July - here's a link to more details:Brighton Dome

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Tags: children, community, engagement, families, performance

Comment by Samantha Butler on May 16, 2013 at 8:03
Great idea Clare, I shall be sending some Brighton dwellers along to the Dome, I think they'd love this. I'm interested in the design of your publicity material; from my point of view it is heartening that you chose not to go for the bold colours so often used for shows for very young audiences. Obviously the starting point was the cardboard. Tell us more....? What's feedback been from venues on the flyer?
Comment by Clare Halstead on May 16, 2013 at 18:24

We've had really positive feedback about the flyers from the nurseries that are getting the show as part of the project. They also get a box delivered to them about a week in advance with strict instructions not to open it, and this also builds curiosity and excitement and they talk about what might be in it and who might have sent it. We wanted the publicity to reflect the visual theme of the show, and in the end I set up the photo of the string of letters and crumpled paper and a designer added the rest.

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