Pip Theatre was established in 2013 as an organisation and founded by Clara Collett from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Clara Collett graduated in 2014 from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA Honours in Community Drama.
Clara specialises in facilitating and directing, and works mainly with children and young people to provide opportunities through the use of the performing arts. Clara is passionate about working nationally and internationally and has created contacts in India, Nepal, Thailand and Australia allowing for international projects to be developed at Pip Theatre.
Clara’s skills lay mainly in delivering creative and innovative projects utilising drama, movement, music and creative writing.
Community cohesion is at the heart of Pip Theatre; learning and developing through the skills that Pip Theatre provides is the key ethos to the collaboration of the organisation.
Pip Theatre has built strong relationships at a number of schools in The North West and intends to broaden the volume of schools involved throughout the whole of the UK.
The after school club provides a wide range of different activities within a primary school setting. The activities range from dance lessons to creative writing sessions, music lessons to performance skills. The schools involved have input into what activities are run at the club and these can be linked to the needs of the school. In the summer holidays, there is an option to provide a summer school run in the local school by Pip Theatre for primary schools.
The organisation provides opportunities to connect with schools to broaden cultural diversity within the school environment. This is linked with the transition work that the organisation delivers which develops and strengthens the relationships between local secondary schools and their feeder primary schools. Every year, the schools involved have the chance to be part of Transition Week; a week of activities supporting the transition for year 5 and/or 6 from primary to secondary.
The workshops run by the organisation are provided within The North-West which allows participants aged from 4-18 to take part in different activities suitable for the particular age range. We have workshops in dance, drama, creative writing, music, performance skills and we offer a service which allows participants from 16-18 to develop facilitation skills. The schools which are involved with Pip Theatre have the opportunities to buy into workshop packages in which a workshop that focuses on different performing arts skills is run every term for each year group.
All Together is an international project focusing on the importance of understanding different cultures from a young age. The project has been piloted at Rudston Primary School in which the Year 4 classes had the chance to explore their own culture as well as learn about India and Nepal. The project aims to connect two schools of different cultures by utilising technology to enhance this connection. The project has connections in India and Nepal and is looking to establish relationships in other developing countries.