Wednesday 12 February 2014, 07:09
Take a minute to find out how the BBC PAF Community Theatre grant will make a difference to the Young & Talented Rep Company
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 14:51
Lung Ha's is an Edinburgh based theatre company that provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to become actively involved in the performing arts. They are currently rehearsing for a collaboration with National Museums Scotland and will be performing in the Ediburgh Festival Fringe in another co-production with Stellar Quines. Find out more about this busy theatre group...
1. Who are Lung Ha's Theatre Company?
Started in 1984, Lung Ha’s Theatre Company consists of a maximum of 25 performers with learning disabilities from across Edinburgh and the Lothians, who attend a weekly workshop to develop theatre skills and work to create two professional theatre productions a year. Previous productions have toured extensively across Scotland, and when possible, internationally. Lung Ha’s Theatre Company has a growing reputation for performance quality and artistic achievement. Our vision is to be a leading theatre company for people with learning disabilities, in Scotland and internationally.
2.Tell us about the project the BBC PAF Community Theatre grant will fund?
The BBC Performing Arts Fund is helping to fund The Hold, an exciting collaboration with National Museums...
Tuesday 25 February 2014, 10:46
Emily DeDakis was born in the USA, completed an M.A. in English and a PhD in Creative Writing in Queen's University Belfast, and was awarded a BBC Performing Art Fund Fellowship to work and train full-time as a dramaturg with Accidental Theatre.
Her first full production this year see's the work of debut playwright Donal O'Hagan in theatre venues across Northern Ireland. O'Hagan's The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave, which is a multimedia exploration of homecoming, brings brings candid insight to issues of family and identity in Northern Ireland. The play, which asks how far a person can author their own life cuts to the heart of core questions we face as individuals: nationality, sexuality, and responsibility for family.
Emily says “I’m bowled over that the BBC Performing Arts Fund has given me such a generous and thoughtful chance to develop new work. It's fantastic to be involved in work that is capable of bringing national issues to the local stage and engaging local people through the powerful medium of drama, especially given the concerns expressed about everyone accessing the arts.”
Here is Emily recounting her experiences of the fellowship so far...
Wednesday 12 February 2014, 07:09
The Young & Talented Rep Company was created by Suzann McLean and David Fielding in collaboration with Oxford House to give young actors a chance to perform and to express themselves with realistic and honest material that is a true representation of what it is like to be a teenager in society today.
We asked the group to answer some questions, so take a minute and get to know Young & Talented a little better…
Who are Young & Talented?
The Y&T Rep Company is dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities for young people.
The plays they create are a reflection on topical and current situations that teenagers face today with subjects covered including underage pregnancy, gun and knife crime, rioting and incarceration.
Whilst being topical it is by no means a way to shock but just a need to give a voice to what the youth of today are witnessing and experiencing. Thanks to the BBC Performing Arts Fund Y&T Rep Company have partnered with Spotlight, a brand new £7 million youth centre in Poplar. Spotlight isn’t a youth club, or a youth centre - it’s a multi-million pound creative youth space designed to inspire. It has been shaped by young people, for young people.
Tell us about...
Thursday 19 December 2013, 08:53
What do you get when you mix rock experts with rock enthusiasts? We're glad you asked...
1. Who are Rock It! Collective?
Rock It! is a youth-led community organisation representing teenagers from Greater Manchester aged between 11 and 21 with a passion for music and the arts. Formed in Bolton in 2009 by young musicians, Rock It! has helped over 100 young people of all levels of ability create new music and pass on their skills to others.
Rock It! also runs a comprehensive volunteering programme, providing Arts Awards accreditations through practical music industry training. We provide positive...
Wednesday 18 December 2013, 08:17
ReSound Community Choir are a singing group based in Ormskirk in the North West of England. Their Community Music grant was put towards staging a war-time themed performance at their local Civic Hall with audience invited from homes for the elderly. Here’s a little more about what else the group get up to!
Who are the ReSound Community Choir?
ReSound Community Choir are a group of singers in the North West of England, and were formed to provide an opportunity to meet and sing together. A registered charity, the choir is a broad mix of people, from professional musicians to people who just...
Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:01
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 16:02
Dacorum Community Choir already has a 70-strong membership since founding in 2009 who meet in Hertfordshire. Their Community Music grant was put towards new rehearsals and workshops resulting in the coming together of professional forces with amateur forces of all ages.
Who are the Dacorum Community Choir?
A community choir with no auditions; open to everyone in Dacorum over the age of 16, bringing all kinds of music to audiences right across our local area.
How did the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?
It kick-started our project to bring a community opera to Dacorum...
Tuesday 22 October 2013, 14:03
Stranraer African Drumming Group, based in Scotland, is an inclusive and informal group of drummers who put their Community Music grant towards workshops that would provide a range of experiences to suit all members.
1. Who are the Stranraer African Drumming Group?
Drum for Fun are an inclusive community group led by volunteers. We have been running for over 10 years and our aim is to enjoy playing and learning African rhythms in an inclusive and encouraging environment; we believe everyone can have fun drumming.
2. How has the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?
Thursday 5 September 2013, 11:56
Internationally acclaimed 25 piece Soul and Funk, band Wonderbrass have used their Community Music grant towards a commission, expanding their highly eclectic repertoire. The grant allowed three new pieces to be showcased at Wonderbrass’ Summer Party back in June, but what else do these party people get up to?
1. Who are Wonderbrass?
Wonderbrass are a 25+ strong ‘explosion of sound’ from Cardiff, bringing a mixture of New Orleans jazz, ska, funk and fun to audiences nationwide. The band are led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and top drummer Mark O’Connor and provides...
Tuesday 13 August 2013, 16:27
With the deadline of the Community Theatre scheme approaching, our year of Theatre is in full swing. Here at BBC PAF HQ we want to celebrate this wonderful sector so we asked community theatre enthusiast, Hollie Wimpenny, to share a little list of what makes it so great.
1. Building Communities
Getting involved in a community theatre project is a great way to meet new people and feel a part of your local community. The theatre process offers a fantastic platform for people to develop meaningful relationships, creating an opportunity for a network of lasting friends.
2. Personal Development