It’s final performance day at the Norwich Theatre Royal

It’s Showtime!

With weeks of Rehearsal behind them, the three schools came together on Sunday for the final performances of their own interpretation of the Opera based on Hansel & Gretel

It was great to watch the children loose their nervousness and become so confident and at home on the Theatre Royal stage, in front of hundreds ( I believe they had around 900 people seated!) of friends & family.

I’ve been out to the schools a couple of times, to document their progress. Sunday saw me at the Theatre early on, to watch their final rehearsal and then final performance, where all the hard work and prep finally came together.

Norfolk Schools Project

The Norfolk Schools Project is a free, opera-based arts project that Norwich Theatre Royal delivers biannually to selected Key Stage 2 schools. We work with the older range of Key Stage 2 (Years 6 and 5 primarily but also Year 4 when in conjunction with an older year group) and do not discriminate against perceived geographical or socio-economic barriers.

For our Norfolk Schools Project Spring 2013 we will be working with three Primary Schools in the central area of Norwich and using Cosi fan tutte as our inspirational starting point. The schools will work independently on their own projects and come together for a performance on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday 24th March 2013.

A Free Teacher’s Workshop based on skills in listening, composing and appraising will also be held at a Norwich-based school, prior to the project commencing. Last year 100% of teachers found the session useful to their on-going work at school. They felt the workshop leaders were inspirational, engaging and it was a great opportunity to refresh their creative teaching methods by participating.

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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