The theme for World Book Day 2020 is #ShareAMillionStories, with emphasis not only on the reading of stories but also on creating them and sharing them with others to enjoy.
A story doesn’t only have to come in the form of words on a page, it can be a performance, a song or a dance. Theatre is all about telling a story, engaging an audience from the moment they sit down to the moment they leave. We know at HandMade Theatre how important it is to nurture children in their development with creativity, which is why we work closely with some primary schools in Nottingham by running engaging workshops encouraging the children to be creative. Many of our shows have high sensory engagement and can be adapted to suit audiences of differing ages and abilities, as well as the curriculum within schools, to ensure the best performance is given for each audience.
By allowing children to join in with the planning of performances and the story itself within workshops children are far more engaged and confident in participation, demonstrating a clear importance for this kind of creative engagement within schools.
World Book Day provides the perfect opportunity for children and adults alike to get creative, with many children going to school in costumes reflecting their favourite characters and engaging in creative story-based tasks. And this is why at HandMade Theatre we support World Book Day because children who read regularly are more creative, imaginative and demonstrate better communication, all skills that are important within life as well as the theatre.