May 1, 2019

9 schools, 12 weeks, 300 students, 4 PaddleBoat members and 2 fantastic sharings. The Spring term was hectic but incredibly fun. Young people across the county learnt drama skills, shared stories about WWII and had the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.
We...

March 1, 2019

‘A multi-functional, flat-pack, interactive set - that can fit in a school hall or a 400 seat theatre’ is the usual (very broad) brief we give our set-designer, Simon Hall, at the start of each project. Thankfully he doesn’t ever flinch and is a joy to work with. Simon...

January 1, 2019

I have been taking trips to Topsham for as long as i’ve lived in Devon and to my shame never been to the Topsham museum before.

Later this year the museum will host us for a performance of Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century, either in the cafe space or if t...

September 1, 2018

This Summer, we were very lucky to work with 23 talented 6-11 year olds for a whole week. This was one of our Theatre Weeks, which we ran this year with Exeter Northcott Theatre. The idea is that a group of children will work together for a week, learning drama skills...

July 4, 2018

We are warned, as we approach his room, that Bob is a cheeky one. 'He sits on the naughty table at dinner. There's four of them, and Bob's the naughtiest'.

But Bob couldn't be kinder or more welcoming to us if he tried. He allows two total strangers to interrupt his day...

Every school we have worked with has provided an insight into childrens' reaction to Clare Hollingworth and her role in WWII. The children have given their ideas, thrown themselves into devising scenes and questioned what they know about Clare, journalism and WWII. Now...

May 1, 2018

On the 22nd March five different schools shared short performances at the Exeter Phoenix to a packed auditorium. Students’ performances were inspired by what they’d learnt with PaddleBoat Theatre Company in weekly drama sessions exploring Clare Hollingworth. Schools in...