All the World is a Stage

Wednesday, 14th January 2015 12:02 pm

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

Studies have shown that children learn far more from play and imaginative activities than we originally anticipated. In the early years children tend to explore the world around them in a role play area in the classroom while older children benefit from exploring different characters in plays.

At school children generally only get the exciting experience of performing on a stage during school performances at Christmas or the end of the school year. Installing a stage in your school grounds provides the perfect opportunity for children to perform to their friends at playtime or indeed to the rest of the school during the summer months.

Children will also love performing plays to their families in the garden. As the nights get longer families can set up comfortable amphitheatre style seating and have snacks whilst watching their children play princes and princesses gaining confidence to perform in front of others before they go back to school.

Exit stage right

An outdoor stage is a perfect resource for a teacher and parents to give children the experience of following stage directions and performing in front of an audience. There are so many different skills involved in putting on a play such as; acting, costume design, makeup, advertising, ticket sales and poster design that children could do either as a class, after school club  or family project.

The benefits of performing on a stage

On the whole, most children who enjoy performing in front of an audience are not going to be the Oscar winners of the future but they are going to have to conduct themselves confidently at interviews, talk to other people and empathise with people they meet as they grow up. If a child does not get the opportunity to feel nervous before a performance and learn how to keep their nerves in check they will find it difficult to be confident adults. Life is about acting and learning how to adjust the way you present yourself in different situations so practising on the safety of a stage in the playground is a wonderful way to do it.

Open-air theatres

Performing in the open air is not a new idea as an amphitheatre or outdoor stage have been used by theatre companies for centuries. Performing in the open air is a completely different experience to performing inside and different weather conditions can change the essence of a play completely.

The beauty of Playdale Stages is that they are constructed from square and triangular-shaped pieces that can be put together in any combination to suit your needs.  They can be paired with coverings to shield children from the outdoor elements.

If you would like to receive more information about our stages why not request a copy of our ‘Playground Inspiration For Schools And Nurseries’ catalogue!