THE BANNER PROJECT //
Partners: The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster Sewing circle, East Meets West International women's group, funded by The Artichoke foundation and Arts Council England [Jan - June 2018]
Project outline: A series of drop-in workshops held over three months at The Dukes Theatre, the assembly of two major banners designed and created by the community. Participation in a national march to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, Edinburgh.
Aims and outcomes: To build genuine and lasting relationships between the community and the theatre. To foster a relaxed and creative environment and facilitate weekly engagement sessions in sewing. To empower members of the community step into producing and project-management roles, through bespoke training and nurture.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Partners: The Dukes Theatre, Global Link [Refugee & Asylum seeker support organisation, June 2018]
Project outline: Facilitating a platform to showcase local talent from the Refugee/asylum-seeker community. Providing a safe and supported space for participants to explore their creativity and express their voice.
Aims and outcomes: To identify those interested in theatre and performance. The project attracted a large group of male refugee and asylum seekers, who were supported to write, devise and perform their first piece of theatre; 'Nanji' written by Ali Mogwali was a dark comic about the experience of being a refugee and asylum seeker in 2018. The event attracted a number of audiences from the refugee and asylum seeker community, many of which has never engaged with the theatre before.
Partners: The Dukes Theatre, East Meets West [International women's group], Ongoing Nov 2018 - 2019
Project outline: Monthly all women's dance session at The Dukes lead by one of the participants in the community. These sessions were designed to be sensitive towards faith and cultural needs.
Aims and outcomes: To create a relaxed and culturally sensitive space for women and children to express and celebrate themselves through dance and movement. To empower leadership. To continue building and strengthening existing relationships with this community and fostering interesting in performance; as a result we saw an increase in families from this community enquiring about our schools and young people's programme.
Partners: The Dukes Theatre, Director Kristine Landon-Smith, funded by The Granada Foundation and Arts Council England, Feb 2018
Outline: working with renowned headphone verbatim director Kristine Landon-Smith to train and produce a show exploring education on a local and global level. Artists and community leaders are introduced to this accessible and effective tool for theatre making.
Aims and outcomes: To facilitate and deliver bilingual workshops in headphone verbatim. To identify and nurture performance; as a result one of the women from this community was employed professionally to perform in the show 'One book, one pen'. To engage with artists of colour in the north west and create work that reaches new audiences.
STILL I RISE
Partners: The Travelling Heritage Bureau, Community Arts North, Manchester Art Gallery, The Dukes Theatre, Sept - Oct 2018
Outline: As Manchester marked the centenary of women’s suffrage, a powerful collective of international women artists based in the North West came together to create a pop-up, interactive trail around Manchester Art Gallery. The women led audiences on a joyful journey of resistance, creativity and hope using interdisciplinary arts.
Aims and outcomes: Assistant producing; liaise closely with artists and partners for planning and delivery. To facilitate a stimulating and enjoyable experience for participants. To strengthen and empower female artists and challenge the representation of diverse voices within National galleries.
THE VIET CAFE
Partners: Anna Nguyen, Forvil community (Vietnamese elderly partnership), Deptford Lounge, The Albany Theatre, from 2014 - 2017
Project outline: Empowering the Vietnamese community to produce and lead on cultural celebrations and events. Supporting the community to set up a pop up cafe selling delicious homemade Vietnamese food, to promote culture and fundraise. To find out more click here
Aims and outcomes: to break down isolation, to build genuine and long lasting relationships between the Vietnamese community and local organisations; The Albany Theatre, Deptford Lounge, New Earth Theatre. Using artistic activities to increase visibility and encourage social integration. To create employment and support with funding and commission opportunities.
Partners: The Dukes Theatre, Funded by Light up Lancaster, Nov 2018
Project outline: Through a series of artistic workshops, two highly skilled artists worked closely with the Chinese community of Lancaster and Morcambe to design and create a light sculpture reflecting the South East Asian identity. The outcome resulted in a visually delightful sculpture called the 'Firemoon Dragon' made from recycled oil tins from local Chinese restaurants and silhouettes designed by the children.
Aims and outcomes: To continue building relationship with the local Chinese community and encourage further engagement with the theatre's programme. To build and implement performance based work with the communities language and education programme.