In this upcoming blog post, I will be sharing a collection of quotes that capture the reactions of the “Down the Rabbit Hole” Tour. These quotes will provide insights into the event, highlighting the key moments and emotions that made it a truly memorable experience. Whether you were there in person or simply curious about the event, these quotes will give you a glimpse into what made it so special. Stay tuned for an inspiring and thought-provoking read!
Here are some positive comments from students ages 7-10 who enjoyed watching the storybook opera:
- “The show was so exciting. I would definitely recommend others to watch it”
- “My favourite part about the show was when they went down the rabbit hole”
- “I loved it so much. I give it 10/10”
- “It was very funny, and there were so many fun activities.”
- “I would definitely recommend this show to children who love adventure stories. What I loved about it is when Alice went from being big to small.”
- “The acting and singing were so good, and it made me feel really excited throughout.”
- “I think it was very exciting and always kept you on your toes even though we were sitting. I think that everything was amazing.”
- “It was very fun and entertaining. I would most definitely recommend it to others.”
- “If I could recommend it to everyone in the world, then I definitely would. 10/10″
- “I thought it was really good and was amazing for deaf people to see that they can do anything.”
The impact of the project went beyond just the performance itself. The community was buzzing with excitement and appreciation for the effort put in to make the production inclusive for everyone. Claire Edgeley, Head Teacher of Over Hall Community School said: “Charlotte and the team have worked so hard to deliver a high quality, multifaceted performance that magically gripped the audience of both children and adults.” The project has raised awareness for British Sign Language and has inspired parents to encourage other drama productions to include signing for accessibility. This is an important step towards making the arts more accessible and inclusive for all members of the community.
Mrs Emma Snowdon, Head Teacher of Over St Johns Primary School, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the tour, which was made possible through funding from Arts Council England. Dr Michael Fallon, who attended a performance, praised the standard of the show and highlighted the importance of music and drama in education. Dr Fallon said: “Music and drama should be an essential part of primary and secondary education, but I know that, sadly, it is increasingly difficult for schools to support this. However, a child who receives a good education will be much more likely to enjoy good physical and mental health for the rest of their life.”
Recently, Fiona Maddocks published a 5-star review of “Down the Rabbit Hole” in the Guardian Observer. My team and I are thrilled to have received such high praise from such a respected writer and publication. The review highlighted that the storybook opera, “absorbed every child present [and that the opera has] incalculable resonance.”
I am proud to have created a unique and inclusive opera that has made a positive impact and resonated with the students. Thank you to my team, the participating schools and Fiona Maddocks for the recognition. Fingers crossed we can grow this tiny enterprise into an extended tour in the future.
Photographs : Nick Rutter