Tailor made to suit the requirements of your school / college and the age of your pupils (year 5 upwards), Sam and Julia will actively engage with your students (and parents) in a lively Q & A format.
Explaining the basics of mounting a show from school plays to Opening Ceremonies, Sam & Julia will seek to stimulate youthful minds with stories, exclusive video footage and direct interaction.
Topics included in their talks include: equality, diversity, inclusion, the importance of working as a team and realising every individual person’s potential.
And this is not just for those interested in theatre or live events; it’s for everyone. Whatever path any pupil or student may choose to take, the life skills discussed in these forums will help shape their approach to working with other people and also to work itself, whichever direction they’re heading.
This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight from prominent industry professionals whilst enjoying tales of backstage life that could open doors previously unimagined.
"The entire audience for our Olympic Newton Forum on Monday was gripped by our speakers Sam Hunter and Julia Whittle as they described their pivotal roles in bringing the most impressive ceremonies on earth to our screens.
Nearly three-quarters of the earth’s total population watched
the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, but only our audience got to hear the backstage stories behind the vast vision and spectacle of the ceremonies: 15,000 volunteers, 12,000 athletes and THAT helicopter drop-in by the ‘Queen’, described as ‘The Scene Change of the Century’ by Sam and Julia.
“Listening to the countdown to the opening while also hearing Julia’s incredibly calm voice teeing up all the moving parts was absolutely extraordinary,” said one parent as they left the auditorium. “Both my son and myself were super impressed with yesterday's talk,” said another parent in an email the next day, “We found it extremely interesting and it really helped us understand all the work behind an event like London 2012 opening ceremony – amazing to get such a privileged glimpse into what really goes on!"
“Their Deaf awareness and understanding of working with me and my sign language interpreters and overall disability awareness was crucial to the success of our show and our performing team. They were behind our vision of human rights, diversity and inclusion and supported us in various battles when others did not ‘get it.”