Welcome to MakeBelieve Arts

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
— Albert Einstein

At MakeBelieve Arts we believe in the power of story to develop cognitive abilities, explore emotional functions and engage children with learning.

Our work is two-fold:

Through our innovative Helicopter Stories programme, children make up stories, adults scribe them, and then the class acts them out. This form of holistic approach to education enables children to discover the world around them in their own, very personal way.

With First Theatre it’s our turn. Our professional acting company devises theatre shows that get performed in school halls across the country. These explore a range of topics including the science of memory and emotions, and even how dreams work!

 

Stories have the power to affect us physically. They make us weep, they make us laugh and they make us think.

There is evidence to show that our brains are hardwired to make sense of the world through story.

Storytelling is a fundamentally human thing to do.
— Trisha Lee, Artistic Director, MakeBelieve Arts

It is also a flexible tool for teaching and learning in early childhood education and primary classrooms, acting as a superhighway to the brain.

Children are born understanding stories.

But like any muscle, the story muscle needs regular exercise.

And that’s what we do at MakeBelieve Arts through

Helicopter Stories and First Theatre.

 

We work with children aged 2 to 11 years old, Early Years Practitioners, Nursery and Primary School Teachers, Childminders and Parents

 Our patrons are: Vivian Gussin Paley and Michael Rosen

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    HELICOPTER STORIES               FIRST THEATRE                 CURIOSITY CONFERENCE    CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE