Bedford Creative Arts, in partnership with The Place Bedford, have invited Andy Field and Beckie Darlington to Bedford to bring a news show with a difference – it’s news presented by local school children.
News News News is a television news show made by children for adults, recorded in front of a studio audience and broadcast live on the internet. It is created by the artists in collaboration with ten primary school children from a local Bedford school.
Andy and Beckie will work with the children for three weeks in January 2022, helping them to decide what kind of news they want to tell and taking them out into the city to record and present it. The final performance will be a site-specific, interactive theatre show to be performed at The Place on Saturday 29th January 2022. The audience will assist the children in gathering some last-minute news for their show, before watching the show itself being filmed and broadcast from a child-size television news studio on stage.
The piece uses the grammar of news to enable children to share their view of the place where they live; to tell stories about their town, and even their local neighbourhood. At the same time it is a reflection on the value of journalism itself, and on the trust which can feel, in this era of fake news and aggressive partisanship, to have been irreparably eroded. ain at the places we live and the stories that we tell about them.
News, News, News is a companion piece to Lookout [link], presented by Andy Field with BCA and Shortstown Primary School in 2017.
If you are a Bedford primary school keen to be involved, please contact us to express your interest in the project.