Immersive theatre piece teaches children values of road safety

12.00 | 16 March 2017 | | 1 comment

A new road safety theatre in education production aimed at children aged 3-9 years is on tour in September and October 2017.

‘Ready, Steady, GO!’, described as ‘a live creative musical storytelling art show’, is produced and presented by A Line Art and supported by Arts Council England.

During the show the children enter ‘The Driving School’. Each participant is given a cardboard car and a tool kit containing felt tip pens, giant crayons, jumbo ink pads and sponge rollers. They decorate their car while being entertained by three performers through storytelling, music and movement.

The children are then taken through the Driving School, past a zebra crossing, through a green light, then along a hazardous snowy road, and even stopping to let an old lady cross the street.

At the end, as the children pass their driving test, they can take their decorated cardboard car home with them.

The show has been described by Timeout magazine as ‘an amazing idea’, and the West Yorkshire group  Yorkshire Tots, who have experienced it, said: “It was a day out and unlike any other one we’ve done and something we would definitely do again.”

Ready Steady GO! is self contained with a 7.5m x 12m floor mat which acts as an illustrated driving course and freestanding road signs. Each show lasts 50 minutes, with an audience capacity of 50 people per show (children and parents/guardians) and a maximum of three shows per day. The cost for three shows is £900.

For more information contact Anna Bruder by email or on 07974152253.

Want to know more about children and road safety?
Online library of research and reports etc – visit the Road Safety Knowledge Centre
Key facts and summaries of research reports – visit the Road Safety Observatory


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    Learning to cope with traffic is a practical skill. Just like swimming, children learn how to cope by being in that environment.

    Would we teach a child to swim in a classroom, by singing songs about swimming, drawing pictures of themselves swimming and then put them in deep water alone?

    The way we teach children to cope with traffic needs to be the same as we teach swimming. With that practical skill, the child is taught in that environment, being supported and encouraged by an adult with them. It requires lots and lots of practise. As the child demonstrates they can cope, the adult moves the child on to more challenging conditions – until the child has demonstrated they can do it safely themselves. It’s the same with learning skills to cope with traffic.

    Julie Jones, Oxfordshire County Council, Road Safety Education
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