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The Wishing Cupboard: A Teacher-Led Adventure is a creative project for Early Years co-created with a group of sixteen Nursery and Reception teachers.


About the Project

If a thing sighs the sad words
“I wish I knew what I were supposed to do”
The cupboard hears this whisper and opens its moonlit doorway. 

The introduction of a beautiful poster in class signals the beginning of an inspiring story. It is followed with the arrival of a magical cupboard that needs the help of your class. ‘Lost’ objects start appearing inside, but only the pupils’ imaginations can support them to find their true purpose. 

Could the stone be having a bubble bath? Or does it want to be a maths lecturer? Perhaps a hot water bottle for a rabbit? The children must help the objects find their destiny! 

Learning outcomes 

The Wishing Cupboard aims to:

  • Raise standards in literacy, oracy and communication skills in Early Years Foundation Stage through engagement with a magical cupboard that needs the pupils’ imaginations to help objects find their true purpose.
  • Inspire and develop imaginative teaching practices within the classroom whilst placing the teacher at the centre of the creativity.

What is included in the project 

  • A one day CPD to immerse teachers in Punchdrunk Enrichment practice and to share advice and tips on how to best deliver the project.
  • A toolkit of handmade props, posters and materials for simple design installations that bring The Wishing Cupboard to life in your school.
  • A detailed teacher resource pack.

These materials can be used to repeat the project for future year groups.


The Wishing Cupboard partnership opportunities

We have worked with partners across the UK and internationally to bring Teacher-led Adventure projects to schools in their regions. These partners include Imaginate, Royal Opera House – Thurrock Trailblazers, Z-Arts and Baboró International Festival.

We’re really keen to hear from arts organisations working with primary schools regionally across the UK who would like to hear more about bringing The Wishing Cupboard to schools in your area.

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Communication was definitely one of the most amazing outcomes, but the social skills as well, and also, they just wanted each other’s wishes to come true.

– A teacher involved in the creation of ‘The Wishing Cupboard’
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Creative Team

  • Director & Writer

    Tara Boland

  • Designer

    Kate Rigby

  • Illustrator & Graphic Designer

    Lucy McCullough

  • With thanks to The Immersive Learning Collective teachers who co-developed this project with Punchdrunk Enrichment.


Development Team – Phase One

  • Assistant Designer

    Amy Pitt
  • Design Assistant

    Charlie Myers
  • Design Assistant

    Lydia Reed

Development Team – Phase Three

  • Assistant Designer

    Lydia Reed
  • Design Assistant

    Natalie Kynigopoulou
  • Buyer

    May Clyne
  • Project Manager

    Francesca Cross

Development Team – Phase Two

  • Assistant Designer

    Caroline Dunning
  • Design Assistant

    Natalie Kynigopoulou
  • Buyer

    May Clyne
  • Project Manager

    Joanne Skapinker


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