I was privileged to see Lickety leap performed in two East Lothian nurseries and was amazed at the engagement of the children in this piece of theatre – for over an hour they were completely immersed in imaginative play. Follow up sessions with the parents and children showed how much they had retained of the original performance and how much the children had taken home with them.
The theatre company Lickety Spit have found a formula for involving children in theatre but also of engaging parents in the imaginative world of children, that I think is really valuable. Ten performances and follow up sessions of Lickety Leap are planned as part of the civic conversation around Support from the Start in Midlothian.
The performance and follow up session with parent that I took part in were part of a study looking at the impact of the work and the report from this is currently being finalised and will be launched in the near future.
‘Leaping into ourselves” – the Lickety Leap Study – Launch event has been commissioned by Glasgow City Council and East Lothian Council Arts Services with support from EIS.
Lickety Leap is a groundbreaking immersive theatre project for Early Years children created by Licketyspit. The Study undertaken in Drumchapel and East Lothian Nurseries this year by Stephanie Knight, has tested and examined the layers of engagement of the participating children. Initial findings suggest this is highly relevant to current thinking in relation to child development.
This event will present the report and a film about the project together with seminars and guest speakers on the use of art in support of child health, well being and aspiration in both educational and
Children’s Theatre Company Licketys pit, delivers a unique creative experience for Early Years children through developing and performing work that is also highly successful in the support of children with additional needs. Productions include: Magic Spaghetti, Heelie-go-Leerie, Molly Whuppie, Wee Witches & Green Whale.
For more information about Lickety Spit theatre company vi st their website