British Birds – An Inter-generational Project

AN Inspiring Inter-generational Project with Lady Bay Nursery and Skylarks Nursing Home

As part of their on-going Community engagement programme, HandMade Theatre have just completed a series of creative sessions with Church Farm at Skylarks Nursing home and Lady Bay Primary School on the theme of British Birds. This collaborative project employed music, drama and sensory activities to create an immersive experience accessible to both communities involved.

Both groups focused on a different sub-theme each week, engaging with poems, songs, rhymes, rhythm and stories to explore memories of birds. There was also an opportunity to craft bird homes from woven willow, providing exploration of lots of sensory objects and textures.

The collaboration between communities allowed the stories and songs to feed into a

shared dialogue between Lady Bay and Skylarks, with sessions becoming mutually informative.


HandMade Theatre artists involved: Suzy Gunn, Benjamin McElroy, Amy Nicholson

A short video and gallery of images from our time with Skylarks and Lady Bay:

HandMade – Skylarks & Lady Bay from Ellen Hart on Vimeo.