Crystal's Vardo has been performing to a wide range of audiences since 2012. Since then, we have performed to schools, colleges, youth offending units, prisons, festivals, theatres, conferences, libraries and museums.
Crystal's Vardo has visited almost 60 schools around the country, teaching pupils about the histories of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Crystal's Vardo is an engaging and exciting resource for settled and nomadic students to learn not only about different cultures, but also valuable life skills including empathy and tolerance.
Crystal's Vardo has developed resources to promote cultural affirmation for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils and to educate settled pupils about the contributions of the Gypsy Roma and Traveller communities have made to British society. The performance can be followed with a discussion and a teacher's pack to provide an opportunity for the themes to be discussed.
When 45 teachers were asked, 89% said that their knowledge of the history and culture of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities had increased significantly as a result of seeing Crystal's Vardo. Of those, 58% said that they knew little or nothing about the histories of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures beforehand.
Find out more about the experience of education for pupils from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the Policy & Publications section of the website.
It was such an amazing performance, well written and delivered. The children have benefitted enormously from this experience - Headteacher, Carden Primary School
I was incredibly impressed with the performance and the level of acting talent. I would highly recommend the play to other schools and youth groups - Equalities & Diversity lead, Cambridgeshire
Gave a very powerful message to children with regards to appreciating the impact of discriminatory language towards other children and how we should all fight to ensure that all children are valued and cared for and that difference should always be embraced! - Stockton Heath Primary, Warrington
Crystal's Vardo raises awareness about issues of racism and discrimination both in and out of the criminal justice system. Crystal's Vardo is a unique performance experience for prison audiences. It instils a sense of pride and recognition among inmates from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
To all the Crystal’s Vardo team, I absolutely loved it! Thank you so much, the whole story is enthralling and the acting was fun and entertaining. I am really glad you visited us and I hope you continue to break down barriers between people. - Prisoner, HMP Grendon
The performance was excellent! I think it gave the Travellers a better understanding of their heritage and the non-Travellers have an understanding of Traveller beliefs - Prison Officer, HMP Oakwood
Crystal's Vardo has successfully taken to the stage for theatre-goers and families. It's a thought-provoking performance for friends and families, to explore their understandings of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Crystal's Vardo hopes to take a theatre tour in 2020. Follow our social media for updates.
Crystal's Vardo is also available to book for conferences, libraries and festivals.
Cracking good theatre - The Source magazine, Rialto Theatre performance, Brighton
Crystal’s Vardo was brilliant this evening, should be shown to educate all! - Jo Jo Keogh MBE, Rose Theatre performance, Kingston
Outstanding performance; Crystal’s Vardo was enjoyed by everyone, young and old - Audience response, Forest Arts Centre performance, New Milton