NEWS: Polka Theatre celebration ‘Write Here, Write Now’ features stars including Joanna Lumley & Michael Rosen

An acclaimed line up of talent including David Walliams, Joanna Lumley and Paapa Essiedu are coming together as part of Polka Theatre’s Write Here, Write Now initiative. This inspiring project seeks to support local schools in improving literacy, language and communication skills  in young children who have been identified as having low confidence and self-esteem. Tune in to for live readings from 11.30 am today or catch up on-demand at Polka Theatre’s website and social media platforms. 

Using drama workshops and creative activities, Polka has worked with five primary schools over the last year to boost their confidence and spark imagination. The schools involved are: Ashmole Primary School, Malmesbury Primary School, Kings Oak Primary School, Cranmer Primary  School, and Poplar Primary School. 

“Write Here, Write Now has been a  hugely successful project which has supported literacy development with Year 3 children. We are delighted to be celebrating this project by bringing the children’s stories to life with some wonderful readers including Paapa Essiedu, David Walliams, Joanna Lumley and Ade Adepitan.”

Peter Glanville, Polka Theatre’s Artistic Director

Other stars taking part in the project include Paralympian, TV presenter and author Ade Adepitan, actor Cerrie Burnell, children’s author Catherine Johnson, comedian Joe Lycett, and acclaimed author Michael Rosen. 

Creativity can be a constructive tool to combat loneliness, fuel curiosity, encourage self-belief, and improve children’s wellbeing. The project has resulted in a host of exciting creative stories showcasing the full power of children’s literary potential.  

Find out more at write-now/