The Bridge Project is a local charity, that assists disadvantaged adults within the community. Eight members performed a production inspired by the short stories of children's author, Shaun Tan. Exploring tales of dreams and imagination in The Inkwell, through movement, animation and puppetry.
The social enterprise, which has a cafe in Gainsborough Street, joined organisations and schools from across Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. Choreographers from DanceEast visited The Bridge Project for rehearsals before two sell-out live shows.
Jo Searle, Chief Executive Officer at The Bridge Project, was thrilled with the positive impact it had on the students:
“After the show all the students said they really enjoyed the experience of being on stage and telling a story. There were so many people in the audience, it was great to see such support for a regional community production.”
Students from Sudbury's Thomas Gainsborough School took part in the production. Assistant Headteacher, Amie Butcher, said, "Our pupils said it was really uplifting to work alongside students from The Bridge and would really like to work in conjunction with them on another dance project. Our pupils showed maturity in their engagement with the Bridge Project and gave them positive praise and feedback.”
Naomi Brand, dance teacher at Stowupland High School in Stowmarket, said the 20 students from Years 7 - 9 who took part found the experience an incredible opportunity:
Kerry Palmer-Long, Deputy Headteacher and Year 6 teacher at Chelmondiston Primary School near Ipswich, said pupils found the experience inspirational.
She explained: “Pupils came out saying it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, that it will be a lasting memory and they felt inspired. From my point of view it was wonderful to see children who may not normally have performed on stage, to do so, and see their confidence grow as a result.”
To learn more about The Bridge Project in Sudbury, visit their website or call 01787 313691.
Our News & Blog
What is link building, and why is it important?
How to design an effective contact page that drives conversions
New Mackman Research project on behalf of Essex County Council begins