Level Up, an innovative, inspiring and much-praised three-year project, aims each year to introduce 700 Workington children, most of whom will never have seen a play, to Theatre by the Lake. It simultaneously seeks to ease the transition from Year 6 in the primary school to Year 7 in the secondary school.
Level Up is supported by the START Programme of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, The Backstage Trust, the Backstage Trust, the Cooperative's north Cumbria area committee, Cumbria County Council and Workington Town Council.
On visiting the theatre:
"The play was awesome, I want to go and see this again sometime” Pupil
"‘A highlight for the children was the theatre trips. A lot of our kids haven't been to the theatre before” Teacher
On moving to secondary school:
"For our pupils, who will move from a relatively small school of 200 to a secondary school of 800, changing schools can be an incredibly intimidating experience. This sort of activity really helps.” A primary school teacher.
On taking part:
"I've never done anything like this before. I had noticed all the sounds in The Firework Maker's Daughter. If I had a chance of a job doing something like this, I'd probably take it.” Twelve-year-old boy on a sound workshop.
"I loved everything about it.” Ten-year-old pupil after the day of workshops.