A Small Tale Punchdrunk

Sign Up for a Storybook Adventure for Your Classroom

Deadline 08 June 2022

The application deadline has now passed. Should you have any queries please contact our Outreach Projects Manager, Bryony Hussey, at outreach@baboro.ie.

Bring magic to your classroom with A Small Tale, a storybook that comes to life!

A Small Tale: A Teacher-Led Adventure
is a magical storytelling experience which aims to ignite and inspire a passion for writing whilst raising standards in reading, speaking and listening. This in-class adventure is suitable for Senior Infants - 3rd class.

Baboró, in partnership with Punchdrunk Enrichment, are seeking primary school teachers to take part in this project, which will begin with a 1-day teacher training during our 2022 festival.

If you would like to take part in the training on Saturday 22 October, please submit the short Google form at the end of this page. We will contact you at the end of June to confirm your place.

Form Submission Deadline: Wednesday 8 June 2022

What is A Small Tale?

The teacher and their class read a mysterious old picture book about two mischievous and messy tiny people with a love of stories. But when they return to the book the following day the pages are all blank, except for two sets of tiny footprints… they discover that the tiny characters have escaped. Will the pupils be able to get them back to safety, before it’s too late?

A Small Tale
aims to:

  • Ignite and inspire students’ passion and motivation for writing
  • Inspire a love of reading and writing
  • Raise standards in reading, speaking and listening skills
  • Inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices for literacy; placing the teacher and the students at the centre of the creativity

The project takes place across seven days which can be broken up over two weeks. It can be delivered year in, year out , to several classes, with the same set of assets and resources.

Please note: Due to the highly imaginative nature of this project, we ask you to not post or share anything on social media that may ruin the illusion of the project. Help us preserve the magic!

Want to find out more? Email outreach@baboro.ie for access to a Q&A video with Punchdrunk Enrichment, Baboró, and a Galway teacher who has recently completed the project with her students.

Who is eligible?

Primary school teachers who expect they may be teaching Senior Infants to 3rd Class students for the 2022/2023 academic year.

This experience is open to schools across Ireland however the training day will take place in person in Galway City on Saturday 22 October 2022.

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in taking part in the project, we ask you to register your interest in the form below.

You will be contacted at the end of June with an offer of a place on the project. Participating teachers will receive an invoice at the start of the new term in late August.

What is included?

This programme (€418 value) is subsidised by Baboró and costs €50 per participating teacher (€35 for DEIS Schools).

This includes all you need to deliver A Small Tale, including:

  • One day in-person training.
  • Toolkit including handmade props and materials needed to deliver the project.
  • 60 minute instructional video.
  • Day-by-day instruction manual with lesson planning ideas.

Key dates

Tuesday 24 May - 30 minute online information and Q&A session.
Wednesday 8 June
- Deadline to submit the Google Form expressing your interest.
End of June
- Interested teachers/schools will be notified of an available place.

End of August - Participating teachers will receive an invoice.
Saturday 22 October
- Teacher Training Day in Galway City
October - December
- Delivery of A Small Tale in your classroom

Tuesday 13 December – Legacy/Evaluation Follow- Up Workshop. This is an opportunity for teachers to come together, to reflect on the project delivery and think about how to continue to use it in legacy projects.

Supported by

To ensure equality of access to the arts for schools and children, the cost of participating in the programme is subsidised by Baboró with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland.

For further information contact outreach@baboro.ie.

Registration form

Please submit this short form to register your interest in A Small Tale.

Punchdrunk Enrichment creates transformational theatre for education, community and family audiences. Their work makes a powerful impact and takes you on an unforgettable journey. Originally founded in 2000 by Felix Barrett, Punchdrunk are celebrated as pioneers of a new form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. The company created award-winning shows including Sleep No More, Masque of the Red Death and Faust.

In 2008 a founding company member, Peter Higgin, established Punchdrunk Enrichment to take the company’s innovative practice into communities and schools, creating performances and workshops with and for children, young people, families and communities. Today Punchdrunk Enrichment is an independent charity dedicated to creating experiences for as wide an audience as possible.

For more information and to sign up to Punchdrunk Enrichment's newsletter, please visit www.punchdrunkenrichment.org.uk.