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Taking Part

Taking Part: Start at Rosehill

Start, created by Children & the Arts, is an engagement programme of arts activity between cultural organisations and local schools that tackles inequality by working only with the children who need it most, who are at risk of missing out on a creative and cultural education.

It has been running nationally for 10 years and has involved more than 130,000 young people aged 4-16 years old. The programme is proven to raise the aspirations of young people, building confidence and helping with learning and development in school.

Start at Rosehill Theatre explores the heritage of Rosehill and its unique connection with Oliver Messel, a 20th Century British theatre designer and the designer of Rosehill’s Grade II listed auditorium.

We have been working with Whitehaven Academy, Moresby Primary School, Montreal Primary School, Arlecdon Primary School, Thornhill Primary School and St Bega’s Primary with a focus on costume and character.

Students attended performances at Rosehill and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick to see different types of theatre design in action, taking part in drama workshops to bring characters to life and visual art workshops to develop their critical eye, creating their own costumes, and sharing their achievements with each other at the celebration event.

This project is supported by Children & the Arts Foundation and Curious Minds and delivered in partnership with Theatre by the Lake.

To find out more, contact Anne Timpson at Rosehill on 01946 692422 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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