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Lynx Theatre in Education Projects

   
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www.lynx-trust.org
t : 01284 - 749 895
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
England

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Lynx Theatre in Education Projects is part of Lynx Educational Trust for Animal Welfare.

We are a theatre in education company that emerged from the campaigning organisation, Lynx, commissioning and touring pieces about animal welfare / conservation to schools.

Our patrons are Sir Peter Hall, Sir Derek Jacobi, Anton Lesser, Mark Rylance, Harriet Walter

Lynx was the organisation that successfully changed UK public opinion towards fur in the 1980’s through high profile advertising campaigns supported by top photographers and models including David Bailey, the late Linda McCartney and Yasmin Le Bon. In 1990 the charity decided to concentrate on theatre in education projects.

Lynx Animal Welfare Trust

 
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Productions and Projects

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Almost Human
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2002
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Almost Human follows the story of 'Tarzan', a chimpanzee captured in the wild and then passed from a circus to a zoo to an advertising agency and finally to a research laboratory where a momentous act of human kindness waits for him.

A piece of physical theatre, the performance uses no props or costumes, relying instead on the skill of its four-person cast. Kelvin Goodspeed, who played 'Tarzan', studied the work of Dr Jane Goodall and visited the chimps at Colchester Zoo to enable him to 'become' a chimp for his role.

Goodspeed met Dr Goodall and delighted her with his chimp behaviour. They also indulged in some mutual chimp grooming.

"This excellent play will help the plight of the thousands of chimps being exploited by Man...I have no doubt that audiences will be enthralled and inspired," said Goodall.

Almost Human combines humour and pathos and embraces all aspects of animal welfare as well as human attitudes towards animals and the preservation of habitat. It is about the inhuman condition.

Almost Human played at the Edinburgh Festival before touring.

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Jane Goodall and Kelvin Goodspeed

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Norah's Ark
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2000
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Originally commissioned by the Natural History Museum in 1992, Norah's Ark follows the struggles of a modern-day 'Noah', for whom time is running out if she is to save the species that have survived since Noah's day from becoming extinct.

A play originally commissioned by the Natural History Museum in London in 1992, Lynx's production was aimed at younger children (6 - 10 year-olds).

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Saving Energy
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1999
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Saving Energy follows the story of Eddie, a teenager who wastes energy until the spirits of Energy and Conservation take him on a whirlwind trip, first to the past to see what life was like before energy, and then to a bleak future when the human race has wasted all the planets resources.

Eddie comes back a changed boy and is able to change the world as a result.

Saving Energy was commissioned by Suffolk County Council for Years 7 and 8 pupils.

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Dance to My Tune
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1998
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Dance To My Tune is set in the future, but written in the style of a Russian folk tale. It is the story of a journey taken by a young Russian woman and the last brown bear in the world. The impoverished woman plans to sell the bear to the highest bidder but her quest for fortune becomes a journey of self-discovery as she is forced to confront her own weaknesses and prejudices.

The play raises the issues of extinction and the use of animals in entertainment. The play toured schools and was followed-up by student drama workshops on vulnerability and exploitation.

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  Lynx Theatre in Education Projects
www.lynx-trust.org
t: 01284 - 749 895

47 Queens Road
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
IP33 3EW
England

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