The Playbox theatre in Warwick is even older than The Arts Society in Leamington! It was started 31 years ago by a young mother, Mary King, who wanted to encourage and develop children’s imagination by providing creative programmes. What began as a small venture in one room has developed into a programme of workshops for all ages across the region. Some of the performers have gone on to perform with the RSC in Stratford and London.
We support Playbox Theatre by giving an annual donation towards its work. As members we can support it by going to see the productions that are staged regularly during the year. In December some members went to see ‘The Wizard of Oz’. It was an excellent production which showcased the talents of the young actors that attend Playbox.
Read about its history at www.playboxtheatre.com It is a fascinating read about the development of the theatre and one person’s vision.
St John’s Primary School, Kenilworth
We recently awarded funds to this school to create a mosaic with local artist Helen Clues. The finished installation was created by all the pupils at the school and was based on the theme ‘Aiming High’. Key words representing the school’s ethos and aims were featured and a variety of different materials were used to complete the mosaic.
Bishops Tachbrook Primary School
Money was given to provide art for the outside area set aside for reflection. This garden itself was an example of partnership. Jaguar Landrover provided the labour to clear the ground and the school paid for and organised the paving and seating. The choice of the central feature was for a globe sundial, decorated with organic metal shapes. These are being designed by the pupils at the school, and then forged in metal by the artist in his Kineton workshop before being attached to the globe.
The artist and one of his designs
Myton School, Warwick
Our society provided funds for the purchase of easels and drawing boards. The school, which has an excellent record of achievement in Art, was keen to promote life drawing skills. The equipment will mostly be used by students taking the subject for GSCE and A level.
The easels in use at Myton School