The participation, learning and outreach work feasible with a project like Snow Queen roughly breaks down into:

  • Providing a skilled facilitator to lead planned sessions with groups
  • Providing advice and guidance in an education/outreach pack
  • Creating digital participation & outreach content, such as ‘How to’ videos

Digital storytelling work can be used in participation, learning and outreach sessions that are: Digital-focused; Show-focused; Writing-focused; Theatre-focused.


Creating a character by pinboard – show Gerda’s pinboard before or after – can be about Gerda, any other character in Snow Queen or about a new character that participants create during the session

Thinking about character in terms of likes, dislikes, friends, family, etc (see Appendix 1/LINK). Group discussion, writing and theatre/improvisation exercises can all be used here.

Improvisation and acting work around Gerda and her online portal creation – when did she create it? Why did she create it? How did others respond to it? Is it really the truth about her? Devising and writing monologues or group pieces around the creation of the portal , as well the subjects she shares on there, such as her hobbies.

Exploration of the key them of being a ‘crybaby’ – writing, devising and acting around this.

Sharing, discussing and responding to the ‘Crybaby’ video talk. Participants could write or devise their own talks or scripts – for Gerda, for themselves, for other characters in the show, for other characters they create.

Making your own portal – creating the work offline first (as I did) and then online. Learning the process.

Making your own video – planning it, writing it, team work, working alone and then how to film and publish it.

Online Safety – throughout all these exercises, this is a great opportunity to talk to children and young people about online safety in a real and practical context.