'Our work with young people includes a programme of activity for primary aged children and families.
We encourage visits to the London Coliseum to see our work, although some of our productions are less suitable for this age group. Please contact us if you would like to check the suitability of a particular production.
Recent projects: The Way Back Home
We relaunched our primary school and family programme in 2014 with our new children's opera based on the Oliver Jeffers book The Way Back Home.
We worked with 550 children from nine primary schools through a programme of rehearsal visits, workshops and visits to the show.
Throughout the production period, children visited rehearsals at regular intervals to give feedback to the director, creative team and performers to ensure artistic decisions, the narrative and staging was clear for the age group as well as giving the children a sense of ownership and understanding of the opera in preparation for seeing the final show.
In addition to this, school groups worked with members of cast, crew and creative team through a series of workshops giving them an insight into the musical, dramatic and design elements of the production.
We also produced an activity pack to accompany The Way Back Home with activities aimed at children aged between 5-8 years old to help unpack some of the elements of opera and engage children with the production.
Way Back Home postcards and watercolour pencils were also provided in the Young Vic foyer before each show for children to draw in the style of Oliver Jeffers, and to write feedback on the opera and post it back to ENO via a special postbox in the foyer. You can see a selection of of postcards in this album on our Facebook page.