Make Believe in Chigwell

August 18th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Make Believe in Chigwell

Many families move to Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford to make the most of their children’s childhood. If your child likes to sing, dance and act and if they are aged 3-18 a free trial at Make Believe in Chigwell could be for you or at least for your kids.

Make Believe is a leading children’s performing arts school. It has been recognised as one of the top theatre schools in the UK. Along with its performing arts schools, Make Believe boasts a production company, franchise network, talent agency and events division. Through August on Thursdays including Thursday 22nd August and, Thursday 29the August at Nuffield Health and Fitness in Woolston Hall, Abridge Rd, Chigwell Essex IG7 6BX free trials will be run. Infant’s try out from age 3-5 years will be held at 5.30-7pm and Juniors/seniors will be held from 5.30-8.30pm.

There is once again a return to the understanding of the importance of Performing Arts. It especially speaks to all those parents who feel that the growing emphasis on technology in education might be endangering children’s social skills. A performing arts-based education helps young people develop “empathy”, “imagination”, “general happiness and wellbeing”.

There is an abundance of expert opinion to support this. For example, Professor Maggie Kinloch, author of “The importance of Theatre and Performance to the Development of the Child”, is among many arguing the case for creative expression with a long list of its benefits, including the development of language and communications skills, stimulation of their creativity and developing their ability to understand.

While the pressure is undoubtedly on schools to concentrate on what the DfE calls “a core of academic subjects; English, maths, history or geography, the sciences and a language” there is undoubtedly an important role for Cultural Education within that context. Children can develop this though more make-believe in Chigwell.

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