We make work for and with audiences of all ages, from creating adventures with youth theatres to sweeping primary school children into fictional worlds. Here you can find specific information on our projects with schools, children and young people.
Coney are experts at making work with and for children and young people that has sustained impact. If you’re interested in develop a bespoke Adventure in Learning or project with young people, get in touch.
Adventures in Learning→
Adventures in Learning are interactive stories that take place in the classroom to motivate formal learning. They’re made with all the attention to detail and artistic values that characterises Coney’s work for adults, but are constructed in close collaboration with teachers to create an engaging narrative framework within which learning can be delivered. Using online communications, performance, pervasive technology and the Royal Mail we deliver a call to adventure that allows pupils to become heroes in their own story.
Tassos Stevens and Tom Bowtell discuss Adventures in Learning in 2011.
Four principles lie at the heart of each Adventure in Learning project:
Stories drive learning. Our work has shown that the commitment, enjoyment and especially motivation of learning are increased if presented to pupils as part of an exciting story.
Teachers can deliver adventures. Teachers are empowered to create and deliver each learning adventure, with positive continuing professional development (CPD) in teacher in role, story-based learning and game theory.
All children have different super powers. A common goal unites the class and by highlighting different ‘super powers’ of the individual children, they can all play an active role and feel valued.
Responsiveness creates a sense of agency. The adventures we create always pose a dilemma that only the class can solve – giving participating children the chance to be heroes and directly influence the outcome.
The Young Coneys are young people making theatre, adventures and games for others, especially grown-ups, to play. All is infused with our ethos of adventure, curiosity and loveliness.
The Young Coneys are made up of young people from all types of backgrounds, met by Coney through outreach workshops and projects via their own grown-ups in schools, homes, and youth groups,
We involve the young people for whom this will have most impact, on their confidence and agency, relationships, and creative skills for life. The Young Coneys’ voice and vision is at the heart of their creative process, facilitated by the grown-ups of Coney.
Their play may gather audiences – like The Droves – or meet them online – like Kids Take Over.
We especially loved both these responses – from Exeunt and What’s On Stage – because they capture why we wanted to make this.