Full of Energy
The ‘Full of Energy’ education programme was a collaboration with 4 Corners Music Network, a Newcastle-based arts and music group. Together we found creative ways to commemorate NEA’s 35th anniversary through three strands of community arts work. The activities were focused in Newcastle but provide a legacy for the future and resources that can be used on a UK-wide basis.
The programme built upon NEA’s existing education outreach work and you can download a set of resources that can be used by NEA’s project officers, members, partners, teachers and parents to help inform and stimulate interest and action on fuel poverty.
The activities started in Autumn 2016 and ran until Autumn 2017 with key performances including a ‘Big Sing’ event in Newcastle’s historic Tyne Theatre with a massed choir of 420 children, and a tour of ‘Hey Piggy Piggy!’ to KS1 children. Finishing with a North East choir and band concert ‘Laggin Behind?’ at the Tyne Theatre.
Key resources from the project, some of which are downloadable, include: a schools ‘Full of Energy Assembly Song Book’- a resource for primary schools, nationally, for use in assemblies; a video of ‘Hey Piggy Piggy!’ (with song tracks, lyrics and teachers’ notes) showcasing the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ play which can be watched in classrooms and other settings as a focus of educational material; and later in the year, the published and recorded suite of eight songs for choirs to sing which can be distributed nationally. and a full length film of the choir, band and film concert to watch and reflect upon which examines fuel poverty and North Eastern housing in post WW2 Britain to the present.