We are thrilled to announce that we are the latest partner of the Barbican Box initiative, tasked with making a playful educational resource for schools following in the footsteps of the likes of Hunt & Darton, Complicitè & Tamasha.

Coney will join the programme as this year’s associate company in partnership with HOME Manchester and Harlow Playhouse, devising a box that will contain a range of prompts designed to encourage an imaginative, and adventurous approach to arts learning.

Coney’s box is a portal to a Secret Agency – membership of which offers students the opportunity to be up-skilled in making the art that they want to make using their unique superpowers. These skills will be used to co-devise a playful intervention in their school focussed on the issues and experiences they are passionate about.

Our approach will focus around care for others, their school environments and themselves, in this hugely challenging time. 

The Barbican launched Barbican Box in 2011 as a theatre education programme for secondary schools and FE colleges in east London. Today, Barbican Box works across art forms, including music, theatre, poetry and visual art, and across 40 primary, secondary, SEN schools and FE colleges in east London, with a national development programme in Manchester, Harlow and Norfolk. 

Representing Coney are: Brigitte Adela, Ellie Browning, Melanie Frances, Kirsty Harris, Anne Langford, Kieran Lucas, Rebekah Murrell, Toby Peach, Tassos Stevens and Sam Wong.