Clay & Diamonds (formerly Cinelive) started at school. George and Andy, two teachers in the English Department at Plumstead Manor School in London, loved immersive theatre and wondered what the students would make of it.
What could go wrong? Immersive theatre should be weird, surprising, fun, and interactive; in other words, all the things they wanted for the students in their classrooms. In 2012 they put on an immersive Bugsy Malone with and for the students in the school and found that yes, this is a format that works for young people on a different level to how it does with grown ups. Children are often more ready to imagine and play. They started to explore how to use that excitement as a jumping off point, so that children and young adults to step inside a vibrant and fluid world of creative learning.
To date, Clay & Diamonds have delivered projects with and for over 2,500 young people in England, Scotland, Wales and Kosovo, 86% of whom want to be involved in our work again.
Our pedagogy has been developed over George and Andy's collective 23 years' experience in the arts and education. In that time, Clay & Diamonds have worked with major figures within the education sector from BFI Education, who have supported Clay & Diamonds since 2014, through to Education teams at the National Trust, TOKA (Kosovo), and dozens of schools and arts education practitioners.
Below you will find the key principles that guide all decision-making with regard to Clay & Diamonds' engagements with students and schools.
Clay & Diamonds' educational work seeks to be...
OF THE HIGHEST ARTISTIC QUALITY
INFORMED BY EXPERTS
RELEVANT TO YOUNG PEOPLE
ENGAGED WITH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING METHODOLOGIES
Thus far, Clay & Diamonds have developed resources that explore the human brain, body and heart.
Should any teachers wish to explore some of this subject matter, feel free to browse and download the content by clicking the buttons below or the navigation dots to the right.
Our work is interdisciplinary (cross-curricular). These resources are generally focused towards Science but they resonate with other subjects within the curriculum - particularly PSHE.
Resource Packs are often augmented through the addition of video content stored online, links to which you will find in the Lesson Plans, Teacher Packs and on this page. These videos include content delivered by university researchers as well as performers.
Resources for THE BODY are still under development and will be published later in2017.
Brain Structure and Brainwaves
An immersive mini-project based on The Midwich Experiment.
The narrative attached to this mini-project is that a series of villagers have fallen bizarrely and suddenly unconscious. It is based on the film The Village of the Damned and you could watch the trailer with your students here to get more of an idea of what it's about.
To whom are we attracted and why? A study of human behaviour from a psychological and hormonal perspective
These two lessons were based upon the project What's the Grey Matter with Gregory? in which we explored the role that our hormones and neurotransmitters as well as our psychology play in helping us choose whom we are attracted to.