We are hiring!


10th September 2021 We are excited to announce that we have a new job opening for... Communications Coordinator, Children & Families Network. Flexibility between at-home, in office and in local communities working, offered on a part time basis working out at £26,000 - £28,500 (0.5 FTE). Deadline for applications: 9am 30th September 2021 About us Licketyspit is a pioneering Scottish early years theatre company which has rooted its work in transformational drama-led children’s rights-based practice for twenty years. Our work springs from the connection between actors and children as ‘play experts’. Learning to consult children through play has led to a series of highly successful projects on a trajectory of discovery, which has coalesced as - Storyplay – a powerful and flexible children’s rights-based approach & methodology based on shared intergenerational imaginary play. Storyplay is being used in education, community and arts and cultural contexts; to support refugees and asylum seekers; and as a child consultation methodology through ‘Have Your Say Through Play’. Licketyspit’s Children & Families Network (CFN) is at the heart of our practice. The CFN is an 850-strong community of families who share Licketyspit’s children’s rights ethos and want continuing connectivity and opportunities to take part in Storyplay. Licketyspit's work is open to all, but the company prioritises its work in areas of high socio-economic challenge. About the role We are looking for a Communications Co-ordinator (Children & Families [...]

We are hiring!2021-09-10T18:11:45+00:00

New Porridge & Play Hubs!


7th September 2021 We are thrilled to announce that Licketyspit has been funded by the New Scots Integration Fund to set up two new Porridge & Play Hubs in Glasgow!  Porridge & Play Hubs - Castlemilk & East End will be delivered in partnership with Storyplay Champion partners, parents/carers and children from these communities, with open sessions starting in the new year. The project has been designed in consultation with the Licketyspit Children & Families Network and draws on Licketyspit’s highly successful and well-evaluated intergenerational imaginary play project Big Porridge & Play Glasgow. We chose Castlemilk and the East End for this expansion because of the high numbers of asylum-seeking families living in and around these areas who have joined Licketyspit’s Porridge & Play Online sessions and further, because of the enthusiasm of our local partners to learn about and use Licketyspit’s Storyplay approach. Thank you very much for the opportunity to learn and play with my child. It has been a magical experience. They're like your best friends Like a big family round a table! Don't know where we'd be without this...no one's judging there's lots of acceptance, feels like we're being brought into the community. We learned a lot of new games and we keep on playing them during daytime as well and we both enjoy it. We are [...]

New Porridge & Play Hubs!2021-09-08T07:58:26+00:00

Family Art Voyage


30th July 2021 Exciting opportunity for Artists to deliver workshops for Licketyspit Children & Families Network Licketyspit children’s theatre & play organisation seeks 6 artists to deliver 3 online workshops for 3-12 year olds and their parents/carers. Developed in close consultation with our Children & Families Network (CFN), Family Art Voyage seeks to take families on a shared voyage of creative discovery, in the familiar, supportive setting of their Licketyspit Porridge & Play group. We are looking for artists from a wide range of disciplines who have exuberance, strong social skills, a commitment to children’s human rights and a passion for social justice and equal access to the arts. CFN Children have expressed a particular enthusiasm for rap, chalk art, collage, dance and music but we are open to all artforms & workshop proposals that can be delivered effectively to this intergenerational age-group via Zoom. Successful applicants will receive a 2-hour training session in Licketyspit’s Children’s Rights-based ‘Storyplay’ approach to child and family engagement and Licketyspit’s Children’s Rights Guide for Artists. Session delivery must be rights-based and you will be supported by 2 of Licketyspit’s experienced Actor-Pedagogues. Please email shona@licketyspit.com for full job description & application. Deadline for applications, Monday 30th August at 11pm. Funded by Awards for All. Previous Feedback Feedback from Family Art Voyage [...]

Family Art Voyage2021-07-30T08:48:08+00:00

Margaret & Magnus at the Museum!


28th July 2021 In May 2020, we were meant to be running a Picnic & Play session at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Unfortunately, when the Pandemic hit, this was one activity we couldn't take online...at least not immediately. Ever the innovators, the Licketyspit team starting to hatch a plan with the Engagement Team at the Museum of Scotland to create a virtual alternative. After some time (and a few more lockdowns) at the start of July 2021 we finally got to the museum with Aaron Films and the NMS Engagement team... "Margaret & Magnus at the National Museum of Scotland!" We're so excited to be making this Storyplay film introducing you to the magic of imaginary play at the museum. Drawing on the Margaret characters in LicketyLeap and the Exploring with Jack series, the film stars Margaret (Taz) and Magnus (Andre) who find themselves transported to a strange and ancient land in the Magic Map. There they find some fabulous Storyplay Champions from our Children & Families Network, who joined the set via Zoom with the wonderful Iona. We're so excited to share the adventure they had with you once the film is ready. In the meantime, here are some photos giving you a sneak preview! Survey: [...]

Margaret & Magnus at the Museum!2021-07-28T12:51:06+00:00

Wild Adventures of the Wednesday Crew


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. We have spoken the language of seagulls, And eaten our way out of jelly, We’ve rocked our way out of the teacup house, And soared on the back of our Lily! We’ve sipped the juice of the Ugly Bug Fountain, That tasted a lot like pizza and pie, We met Bella Spears, And John Mackay, Who go to bed with strange things, On their noses and eyes!! We are the Wednesday crew, WOHOO! We go on the wildest adventures! So sit tight and we’ll tell you the tale, of 3 weeks of extraordinary fantasticosical ventures!! Big Wednesday June Blog In the MAGIC BALL we fly, And fall, Into places you might never find….. In Week 1 we landed on the longest beach we’d seen in our whole life! A flock of seagulls appeared out of nowhere and pecked at our feet! Shoo! Felicia spoke in Seagull language to get them to fly away! ‘Caw caw!’ She cried as we ran and ran until we jumped in the sea - it was lovely and calm, yippee! But [...]

Wild Adventures of the Wednesday Crew2021-07-13T10:21:11+00:00

Porridge & Play in Kelvingrove Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Saturday 26th June Do you know what to do if you ever find yourself stuck inside a dinosaur’s belly? Tickling it until it burps you out usually works a treat! And if you are at this side of the Seine river in Paris and fancy a snack after a refreshing swim, we very much recommend you visit the great wee cafe run by this brilliant lady who does French bread sandwiches, milkshakes and the best ever cake! The sky's the limit with a magic ball Have you ever been caught up floating in the galaxy but needed to move faster instead of slowly?Then you should have a shot at Adesiree’s fast flying shoes to move fast in space! And you may be interested in visiting Magic Land were unicorns can make you big and fast dancing, or turn you and your friends into unicorns or where, as Tobi discovered, there’s a science fair run by fairies who talk and bake tiny cake and brew tiny tea that makes so tiny you could take a lift on the back of a butterfly! All [...]

Porridge & Play in Kelvingrove Park!2021-07-02T08:23:53+00:00

Porridge & Play in Elder Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Saturday 19th June Larks in the park! Outing number 3 was at Elder Park! Elder Park is a park in Govan, just a short walk away from the River Clyde which is the river that crosses our city. ⛴️ The park has Elder Park Library, a boating pond, the original Fairfield farmhouse, the remains of Linthouse Mansion portico or ‘porch’ and a two small but lovely children’s play parks! 🏦 Elder park was gifted to the people of Govan for "healthful recreation by music and amusement" in 1885 by Isabella Elder, in memory of her husband, the shipbuilder John Elder. Ruby, Effie, Shona & Taz found a lovely flat bit surrounded by gorgeous trees where we could set up our picnic blankets and made a nice big circle with our cones and get everyone together safely for some imaginary play. Many locals from Govan came over to say hello and find out about what we were doing and they were very happy that we were visiting and enjoying their local park - with some families coming from as far as Drumchapel and Tollcross! And we [...]

Porridge & Play in Elder Park!2021-07-02T08:24:21+00:00

Porridge & Play Children Say Hey!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Children take the lead! Last Saturday we were delighted to take part in the Refugee Festival. 10 of our Lickety Storyplay Champion Children led a Porridge & Play Taster session online with 8 new families!   Saturday 19th June 2021 8 brilliant Storyplay Champions led a session for 7 brand new families as part of Refugee Festival Scotland - sharing their play culture! The Storyplay Champions planned the session with Taz & Ruby at consultation and prep sessions. During Thursday's prep, Storyplay Champions Mahek, Emmanuel, Felicia, Agyei, Gyan and Princess were fabulously creative working through the plan. We also had our wonderful Parent Storyplay Champion, Lawon, Princess’s Mum, supporting the session. At the start, our Storyplay Champions had mixed emotions among the group, with some of us super excited about sharing our games and the way we play together but others among us a little bit worried. Emmanuel put his point across excellently, saying “it's a bit scary, but I’ll give it a shot.” And give it a shot they all did! Before you knew it our super Storyplay champions gave amazing speeches [...]

Porridge & Play Children Say Hey!2021-06-24T11:28:00+00:00

Porridge & Play in Linn Park!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. What a day for outdoor play! Our second Saturday outing this year was to the 3rd largest park in Glasgow: Linn Park. 🌳 With beautiful woodland and river walks, it also has an equestrian centre, an orienteering course and a public golf course so it offers a lot of opportunities for fun, exercise and learning too. You can also admire and walk the "Halfpenny Bridge"over the White Cart Water or look out for Cathcart Castle or Linn House Mansion! 🌊 Linn Park is surrounded by the neighbourhoods of Cathcart, Muirend, Simshill, and Castlemilk so if you live in one of those you are not far away from this exciting Glasgow park! 🗺️ Saturday 12th June Virginia, Andre, Iona and Taz were not only very happy about meeting more of our families in person on Saturday, but also very excited about welcoming back our friend & fantastic actor-pedagogue Effie to the Licketyspit Team and to tell her everything about our Zoom adventures with our friends. 👩‍🦰 We set up our playing & picnic areas and told Effie so many things about you all and your wonderful [...]

Porridge & Play in Linn Park!2021-07-02T08:24:43+00:00

Playing together outside is back!


Welcome to the Porridge & Play Online blog, where we share the stories of all the adventures we've had during our virtual play sessions on Zoom! Get in touch to find out how to join. Park Life! Do you know how sometimes when we play we tele transport ourselves places on the Magic Ball? Or sometimes we jump into paintings or video games? Or we slide down chutes into other worlds?  Well, after months and months playing together on Zoom it felt like we all had jumped out of our screens to gather in person at Tollcross Park for an outdoors Big Porridge & Play session! Saturday 5th June Glasgow is home to Licketyspit and many of our families and it is also known as ‘The Dear Green Place’.🌿🌻 The name Glasgow means 'place of the green hollow' or 'dear green place' derived from the ancient Brythonic language words glas meaning 'green' and cau meaning ‘hollow’ and it is a very fetching name because our city is full of great parks huge and small and green areas for everyone to enjoy! So we had the brilliant idea to choose some fabulous Glasgow parks to meet up with our friends for a play and ‘hang out’. 👋🏼 For our first outdoor Saturday session we chose the gorgeous Tollcross Park which is internationally [...]

Playing together outside is back!2021-07-02T08:24:35+00:00

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