Roots and Seeds –

Roots and Seeds was an ambitious multi layered project developed with Secret City Arts Pyn Stockman used storytelling, mask making and mask work to create a theatrical performance with children from across years 4&5.

The project and the resulting performance explored themes of up rooting, laying down roots and belonging. The mask work was filmed on location at The Lickey Hills with Martin Macnally (Reel Access) and the accompanying sound track was edited and produced by Marc Reck (Reckorder). The resulting film interspersed the live performance.

You can find out about the full project on The Secret City Arts website.

Good Shepherd After School Club

The particular focus of this after school club was to develop the confidence and social interaction of a selected group of children in KS1.

Peg Dolls in response to Rumplestiltskin

Peg Dolls in response to Rumplestiltskin

Pyn Stockman developed a series of interactive storytelling sessions, drama based activities, games, extended improvistations, related craft activities and creative play that engaged the group as both individuals and as a team.

Hansel and Gretel Adventure Story

Hansel and Gretel Adventure Story

The success of the project was that it was supported by school staff and was developed responsively session by session.

Puppet Making and Getting Along Together

Puppet Making and Getting Along Together

Celebrating Sanctuary 2011 – Awareness Raising Workshops

This is the fourth project that has been developed with Celebrating Sanctuary – Birmingham .

Tame Valley Leaving Home

Tame Valley Leaving Home

The workshops were designed to raise awareness with primary age children in 3 different primary schools.

Topcliffe School Conflict

Topcliffe School Conflict

Working closely with staff at Town Hall Symphony Hall and CBSB co-ordinator Pyn Stockman developed a drama based package that enabled the children to explore issues of conflict and conflict resolution, leaving home, arriving somewhere new and finding a safe place.

Topcliffe conflict resolution

Topcliffe conflict resolution

Using games, image theatre, poetry and visual material the children recorded their ideas and responses.

Summerfield School

Summerfield School

The final audio piece (edited and produced by Marc Reck) was shared with a wider audience at the Celebrating Sanctuary Festival 2011 at Town Hall Symphony Hall.

The continuing adventures of Penguin Small Dramatic Storytelling – KS1

The continuing adventures of Penguin Small was a dramatic storytelling project delivered at Little Heath Primary School with year 1 and their teachers, it was part of a year long residency in KS1 and foundation through Warwick Arts Centres Cov Cool Kids Programme.

Red Ibis BirdsThis was a really special project. The children had already read Penguin Small with their teacher and this was used as a springboard into exploring a range of traditional stories from around the world with  Penguin Small as the central  protagonist.

The project aimed to improve the childrens’ language, literacy and listening skills. This was achieved in a variety of ways :physicalising new descriptive words, taking on roles within the story and being invited to work in small groups to re tell the stories. The recording you can hear is one such re telling. For this the children were not reading but were encouraged to hear the story absorb it and make it their own. At the age of 6 they proved themselves to be  fine storytellers confident in their retelling ,able to develop characters and use language in a dynamic  way. The project culminated in a live performance to family and friends that used the audio as a soundtrack. The work was also continued and used in class with their teacher

The audio was created in collaboration with Marc Reck of Reckorder



Devised, written and performed by 90 year 6 pupils from Parkgate Primary School under the direction and creative facilitation of Pyn Stockman. Working in collaboration with musician Daz Adderley with additional audio sound track developed with Marc Reck.

This was a fantastic extravaganza and celebration of the pupils own take on The Beatles Experience and the . Exploring themes such as growing up and friendship as well as providing an insight into the period itself. This project was superbly supported by year 6 staff who among many other things worked with students to create a fantastic backdrop and series of album covers.

Audio Track created by Marc Reck of Reckorder

KS1 Aston Tower Primary School Seaside Project 2010 – The Island

Story Making and Performance Project Aston Tower Primary School Year Two

Based the theme The Seaside Dramask was engaged to deliver a WOW factor project  for the second year .

The children work with 3 artists from different disciplines Drama/Storymaking Pyn Stockman, Art Angela Connors and music Ann Jones

The  process involved the children  working creatively to develop a narrative structure, characters, dramatic action, songs and visual art (place setting)

These were woven together and presented in a celebratory performance to parents and the rest of the school.

The children began the exploration by joining storyteller Pyn on an improvised; narrated journey along the beach uncovering and discovering objects. The objects, sound and recorded music were used as a basis for the creative work. Using the children’s ideas, improvisation and games the story begins to unfold. Sessions were planned responsively to the children’s suggestions and all decisions were made collectively.

Script Extract – The Storm (all words from Year 2)

Narrator               That night the thunder came,

Bringing with it the fog and the rain

It was dark and it was spooky.

The children tried to use torches to light the way

But the storm went higher and louder

The waves were crashing over the sides of the boat

The children felt as if they were drowning

ACTIVITY: On the boat in a storm.

Narrator               Then just as the storm was at its darkest

The clouds cleared and for a moment the moon shone brightly

And the children could see an Island

Boy                        We’re saved,

Girl                         There’s the Island  

Narrator               But the moon was replaced by a sudden bright blue and white light that dazzled their eyes.


And from somewhere there was an awful, terrible wailing.

The children didn’t know what to do

The boat was out of their control and they were crashing into the rocks.

The boat broke and the boat fell down and the children swam for shore.

How Does Your Garden Grow –

How does your garden grow was developed with over 60 children from Rookery Primary school foundation in collaboration with musician Ann Jones and visual artist Hatty Sutton.


Funded by Rookery Primary School and Local Network fund

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Since its creation in 2005 ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ has continued to tour to a range of Early Years Settings, Schools and Community Venues. It is suitable for up to 30 children (max age 6) who will all be involved throughout as they sing, interact and work with performers, props and puppets as they journey through the garden and the seasons of the year.


 If you would like to book a performance please contact Pyn Stockman on 07828 766714 or email

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Lordswood Girls School Mask Making

The masks in this gallery were all created by students studying for the design diploma at Lordswood Girls School. Through practical demonstrations and hands on experiences the students were introduced to a range of mask making techniques. There was an opportunity to discuss their ideas and guide them through a design process, before working to realise the designs through their chosen making technique.

Venetian Inspired Mask

Venetian Inspired Mask Lordswood Girls School Diploma Course Module

Most students chose to use the gum strip and tissue paper technique as it suited their designs. But two were keen to explore the further possibilities that were offered by creating a design in clay and making the mask using a papier mache technique.

Spirit Mask

Spirit Mask Lordswood Girls School Diploma Course Module

All students  worked independently to develop the masks between sessions but I know that the two made from a clay design put in a lot of extra time.

All the results are fantastic and show a real understanding of the medium. Most of these masks were made as artifacts rather than for use in performance


Macbeth Murder Mystery

Macbeth Murder Mystery at Rookery Primary School. An end of year production and event including workshops led by the children.

This ambitious event was developed with year 6 and their teachers.  As director and creative facilitator I worked with the students to develop an understanding of the plot, characters and text as well as rehearsing selected scenes .

These were performed in various settings  in the Sports and Arts Centre (transformed by the design team into Macbeths castle) and a range of  outside spaces  (including half way up a fire escape).It was sometimes easy to forget that the performers were still in primary school as they reached such a genuinely high level.

Particular note to the wonderful witches who took their parts with the seriousness of professionals, working independently to develop their characters and shadow work that formed the Witches Room Installation featured here. As well as being part of the main body of the action.

A Macbeth Murder Mystery – Rookery Primary School Year 6 Event – July 2010 by marcreck

Hall Green Mask Making and Performance

Masks were created as part of the design diploma course where students would also incorporate elements of textile work. The masks were made to be worn in a performance that would be taken to Fox Hollies School (link to fox hollies project).We  particularly explored characters that are rooted in the animal kingdom and that could exist in a fantasy world like Narnia.

The project involved working over two terms. Term one focused on creating the structure of the masks and painting techniques this was achieved in 3 half days with students also working independently between sessions.

Term two focused on masks into performance with 3 half days to devise and create a 10 minute piece. The students  although not from a performing arts background created a truthful and beautifully comic piece. I was also able to draw on my experience and training with link famiie floez . to help them develop their ideas and work with the masks . The performance was well received by staff and students at Fox Hollies. I have an interest in developing more work that links in this way.