Info for schools
The Performance Space
In terms of space, the school hall is ideal. We ask that there is enough space for all the children involved to be able to sit comfortably on the floor with a two meter space (at the front) for us to set up and perform in. We will make use of the stage if the school has one.
Ideally, there should be an area next to the performance space (either a storage cupboard or spare classroom) where we can get changed and set up the show away from the children. We will also use this space to hide in beforehand, and go in and out of during the show to fetch props etc.
The shows are funny. The children will laugh, quite a lot. Please make sure younger pupils have all been to the toilet before hand. There is nothing quite like the unique accolade of a wet floor sign.
Generally we have no issue holding the attention of large groups of children, but we please ask that the staff who participate are vigilant to any pupils who may get a little over excited.
Likewise, we please ask politely that staff resist the temptation to use the sessions as an opportunity for a natter, we are more than happy for teachers to watch our show - the more the merrier, but we please ask that chit-chat is kept to a minimum whilst we are performing.
We come fully equipped with our beautiful voices and a guitar. For larger shows we sometimes make use of our PA system, and in this instance we require access to two power sockets at the front of the performance space.
Live shows always work best if we are hidden out of sight from the children until the performance begins. We will set up the show in the hall before the children enter and then hide out of the way whilst the children are seated. If a teacher can prompt the children (once they are sat down and waiting) to count down from 10, we will then burst in and begin the show!
Arrival and Duration
We will aim to arrive roughly 40 minutes before our show time in order to get set up - please let us know the full address of the school and any parking restrictions in advance of our visit.
The main show usually lasts around an hour.
Our television workshop will usually take place in the school hall following the main the show.
The workshop is an opportunity for older pupils to gain an understanding of what we do as a job and the various career avenues within television and media. We give the children an insight into what its like working in the industry and what is entailed working as a touring actor.
Teachers; please bring a couple of ipads or tablets to the session if possible.
We also ask that participating pupils are aware that this will be the most beneficial aspect of the day for them academically.
Running time is around 45 minutes.
Episodes of The Rhyme Rocket
Please click the link below for episodes of our BBC Television Show - The Rhyme Rocket.
Additional Episodes can also be found on YouTube.
Content for older pupils (7+) can be found on our YouTube channel The Ridiculous Rhyme Show.