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.
A group of young people who make things for others, especially grown ups, to Play.
The Young Coneys is a concentrated opportunity for a small number of young people aged 6 – 15 years old who we’ve met across our many projects, and for who we think it will have most impact, to come together and make things for others, especially grown ups, to Play.
The Young Coneys are a crackly, creative set of individuals with their own needs and their own reasons for being here. Being a member has a different impact on all of them.
When they come together they create something really special – they explore, they support one another and establish a space where they feel comfortable to Play and be themselves.
I never thought I could have made this. I thought I would just sit and watch but I actually did something.’
On 27th November the Young Coneys held the car industry to account about diesel, in Codename: Violet, a secret project with Greenpeace. Read the Evening Standard’s article about the project here.
Through workshops with Coney Associate Toby Peach, the Young Coneys came up with their own ideas of how to communicate with the motor industry about the impact of diesel on young lungs. The making process was completely driven by them, and we think the idea they came up with was pretty spectacular…
Taking on the role of very junior doctors, our young creatives arrived at the car industry gala and offered health checks to the people attending, with lung capacity tests and a giant game of operation.
The Droves was a Coney project in which an immersive theatrical experience created by kids, through a series of workshops. Many of the Young Company continued working with us after the project, and so the Young Coneys began. Find out more in The Story of The Droves.
We especially loved both these Press responses to The Droves – from Exeunt and What’s On Stage – because they capture why we wanted to make this.
Kids Take Over
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The Young Coneys’ theatre trip in October is supported by