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A Secret Garden FAQ's 

What is A Secret Garden?

A Secret Garden by Green Croft on the Wall, is a fully inclusive immersive installation for children aged 3 - 10 years with learning difficulties and their parents. Part workshop, part game, part dance, children and their parents try out open ended, playful and creative movement activities in a multi sensory environment whilst exploring the garden led by an experienced facilitator Susie Tate.

What is A Secret Garden about?

A Secret Garden is inspired by The Secret Garden a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

What’s behind the gate? Take a peek and look….

It’s a secret walled garden – all overgrown, neglected and forgotten. Looking around you can tell it was once a much-loved place and full of life. And it shall be, once again, but only with your help. We need you to help us tidy, water and plant to make the garden beautiful once more for everyone to enjoy.

So push open the gate and enter the secret garden. Take a look around as a secret garden is transformed into our secret garden

Are the venues accessible?

All venues have car parking and are fully accessible. For specific accessibility questions feel free to contact the venue.

 

Tullie House please contact: enquiries@tulliehouse.org

Kirkgate Arts please contact: enquiries@thekirkgate.com

Dance City Newcastle please contact: info@dancecity.co.uk

How long does A Secret Garden last?

Each session lasts about 40-45mins. However, you can leave at any time if necessary.

 

The drop in, free play sessions are exactly that – drop in and free play. So you can stay for as little or as long as you like.

Is a Secret Garden Interactive?

Yes – A Secret Garden is multisensory and interactive. Participants will be invited to move, to listen, to react, to make choices, to blow…. A Secret Garden is part workshop, part game and part dance.

Children are encouraged to move, interact and communicate with the installation on a physical and cognitive level whilst providing an opportunity to be creative.14

Who is A Secret Garden for?

For children aged 3 - 10 years with learning difficulties and their parents. It is entirely fully inclusive and especially suited to children with learning difficulties. The work was originally conceived for children with multiple and profound learning difficulties and their families initially in conjunction with the Therapies Department of Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

My child has additional physical needs – is it suitable for them to attend?

Yes – A Secret Garden is fully inclusive and accessible to all. All movements are adaptable to all physical needs and due to the multi sensory element, all children can engage on a variety of levels. The movement activities will be guided by an experienced dance artist and facilitator and are designed to entirely inclusive.

What is the difference between the "group" and the “open play” sessions?

The group sessions at each venue are with an experienced facilitator Susie Tate. The movement activities will be guided by an experienced dance artist and facilitator with an inclusive practice. The group sessions are pre-bookable via amandadrago@me.com and you may have been invited by the venue, through your network or a group you already engage with.

The open drop in sessions are open to all, for free play and there is no facilitator. You can drop in and play with the installation at your own pace.

A Secret Garden is currently in Research and Development phase…what does this mean?

The small, but perfectly formed tour is the first time GreenCroft Arts are testing out this scaled up version of the installation – the technology, the story, the interactivity, the character so your feedback is welcome and an essential part of the research and development process.

This means that you will be the first to experience A Secret Garden and this is why the sessions are FREE. After each session, we will ask for your insight and feedback which will feed directly into the development of the show.

What will happen after R&D phase?

The Secret Garden will hopefully be ready for small-scale touring, within either gallery, theatre or community contexts to create a new concept of touring work for disabled children and their families.

If you would like to book A Secret Garden for Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020 in your venue, then email amandadrago@me.com for further information 

Information about the Green Croft Arts…

Green Croft Arts is a new organisation led by artists Amanda Drago & Kit Haigh. They are based at Green Croft on the Wall in Gilsland, Northumberland.

Over the last 15 years Dance Artist Amanda Drago and Sound Artist Kit Haigh have developed a reputation for producing accessible, inclusive high- quality arts projects that work across dance, sound, photography and interactive art. Whether intimate installations in hospitals or special schools, site specific arts installations in rural locations, churches and museums, or pop up photo installations in festivals, the challenge is creating work that is sensitive to, yet embraces its location and the audience.

Amanda brings her choreographic experience, inclusive teaching practice and creative producing skills whilst Kit brings ideas to life through a variety of sourced and composed sounds as well as an eye for detail and problem solving when programming.

If you have any questions or would like an more information on the above email: amandadrago@me.com

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