Nyree Kingsbury has been Swindon Theatres’ Community and Education Officer since 2007. We caught up with Nyree for a quick chat about her latest project, “Make-a-Magic Mirror”.
Tell us a little about your latest community project at Swindon Theatres?
During the Panto season we invite children and young people from Swindon and Wiltshire to create a model that encapsulates the essence of the show. This year as they pantomime was Snow White, they were asked to “Make-a-Magic Mirror”.
How many people were involved?
Four schools were involved this time: Westonbirt Preparatory School, Crudwell Primary School, Corsham School and Little Pippins PreSchool.
And what did it achieve?
The mirrors were amazing! The children have let their imaginations run wild and the results are spectacular! From hand held versions, covered in feathers and jewels, to ones that have shells, bark and baubles to huge ones made in mosaic and showered in glitter! There are also a couple that even light up – they have been so inventive! All the staff at the Theatre have been so impressed with the calibre of the children’s work; the Mirrors really brighten up the foyer space.
What does the Community and Education mean to you in regards to Swindon Theatres?
My role involves working with various groups and schools in the area. It is not only encouraging people to come and visit us for shows, but also, for example, inviting people to the Theatre to participate in Projects such as the Mirror one or the Summer Youth Project, creating a welcoming environment to come together for the Memory Café for the Alzheimer’s Society or helping people discover what it’s like backstage during a tour. I like to think that the Theatre is part of the Community and whilst we do put on great shows, we’re also there to encourage their interests and help people develop their engagement with the Arts.