In short Spin Off Productions is about Education. An Education we provide through the Art of Live Theatre.
Since the company was started in 1994 by Honor Pallant, the main aim of simplifying the main themes and using modern techniques in order to make them more interesting for young people has not changed. When touring schools in Hull and the surrounding area we have done so with the aim of getting staff and students involved by participating in, not only the performance but also building the set and making props, as our recent project Flower Power and others previously have, all of which more information can be found on our Projects page.
Engaging all Ability Levels
Our performances introduce topics with an emphasis on engagment and particpation
We provide everything needed for the session, including teaching resources and further information
We can take any theme and create a performance around it
We work with a wide range of professional actors, musicians and creative artists
Our sessions are thoroughly researched, well planned and evaluated
Duration and Timing
Workshops and projects are designed around your timetable
Our Click Clever project was written by Gerald Fox, a man associated with Spin Off for many years as an actor, writer and director of plays and workshops. This project uses Forum Theatre, which encourages the audience to participate in the presentation. The play helps to outline the problems surrounding the characters in the play or workshop.
The first performance of this project was in 2013 and due to its success is still going today with the next instalment already being planned for later in 2018.
Gerald has worked extensively in special schools in Hull, the East Riding and Lincolnshire. He directed our adaptation of the ‘Tin Solider’ by Hans Christian Andersen.
We have worked with many different organisations over the years that have helped and supported us with all our projects in some way to make them possible.
One of those was the Hull City Council Libraries service who we were commissioned by for the Summer Reading Challenge which took place over a five year period between 2010 and 2014. The themes involved with this were:
Mythical Maze – 2014
Creepy House – 2013
Story Lab – 2012
Circus Stars – 2011
Space Hop – 2010
Another was The Hull City Arts Department. Spin Off in conjunction with them started a project called “Colours of Music” with four special schools in Hull in 2011. Frederick Holmes, Ganton, Northcott and Tweendykes schools pupils took part.
This is another of our ongoing projects which allows the children to perform in public with excellent performances once a year.
The concerts performed so far are as follows:
2017 – Colours to Freedom – The orchestra looked at their own thoughts of freedom. The schools wrote poems exploring their feelings of freedom which were brought to life using soundscapes and looped music
2016 – Flying to Freedom – The orchestra took a journey that followed Amy Johnson famous flight from the UK to Australia
2015 – Maui Tames The Sun – The orchestra worked with the traditional Mauri folktale. Once again we used the Gamelan, Shadow Puppetry and soundscapes to tell the story.
2014 – A Fishy Tale – Working with local Folk duo the Hut People the orchestra work on sea shanties and looked at the fishing Heritage of Hull.
2013 – Too Too Moo and the Giant – The orchestra brought the traditional Javanese tale to life using puppetry, the Gamelan and soundscapes
2012 – The Olympics – The Orchestra celebrated to London 2012 Olympics with the children depicted the various Olympic sports in music and movement.
2011 – Colours of Music – The Colour of Music project started with a one off concert. The pupils at each school chose a colour and depicted it through movement and music. It was during the concert that we realised how musical the children were and so we decided to take the idea forward and form an orchestra. The pupils and teachers were asked to name the orchestra and they chose The Colours of Music.
A Child of War was one of our one off projects from October 2015 – January 2016 and produced by Spin Off Productions. A moving story based on the memoirs of Jean Willerton, adapted, directed and produced by our very own Honor Pallant. The video is well worth watching.
As already mentioned some of our ongoing projects are in the planning stage to be performed later in the year and we also have more one off projects, we are also considering other real life stories with a view to bringing awareness to some issues many people suffer from into the open.
Please do take a look at our projects page to find out more about what we do.