Putting on a Pageant 1578

Putting on a Pageant 1578: Entertaining Queen Elizabeth I in Norwich (POP 1578) is a primary school literacy support programme which draws upon research conducted for the ‘Accessing the Records of Early English Drama in Norwich, 1540-1642’ research project led by Prof. Matthew Woodcock of the School of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing at UEA. 

In 2020 COVID 19 put a stop to delivering the POP 1578 programme in schools. However, with generous funding from Arts Council England, Anguish’s Education Foundation and Norfolk Arts Project Fund we have designed an easy to innovative, easy to use, FREE* online programme. 

The Programme

This 12-week online programme focuses on the extraordinary visit by Queen Elizabeth I to Norwich in August 1578, an occasion of colourful city-wide pageantry, festivity, and entertainments of many kinds. The methodology used in the POP 1578  is a blended approach of Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ with immersive storytelling in a method termed ‘Structured Stories through Immersive Adventures’. This approach makes use of Google Slides to be work through on school whiteboards and loads of downloadable resources including teacher guidance film clips, story maps and scripts, film clips of drama games and creative activities to stimulate imagination, confidence and active participation. 

Explore More at Home

To truly embed the POP 1578 approach, we ask that the parents/carers of your pupils become involved with ‘Explore More at Home’. This involves short, simple talking activities as ‘homework’ as well as 3 exciting filmed parent/carer and child ‘half day’ creative activity sessions, including; filmed drama games, animation and art sessions which can be enjoyed by children, parents and carers at home or as in-school session. Explore More at Home’ fosters good communication skills and parent, carer, school connectivity.