These are the projects where we have the funding in place and we’re all hands to the pump.
BUT I KNOW THIS CITY! (50)
Project MeHeLP India
Following on from our work with DeMontfort University in Pune we are now working, again with DMU, on a large scale project that will use theatre to explore issues around the stigma of mental illness in Kerala. In partnership with Lokadharmi we will create first of all a series of intimate performances in a range of clinics in both the rural and urban areas of the state, and then develop a larger scale performance which will be shown in a range of community settings.
This is a large research project funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, and after an extensive period of research the theatre work will begin in earnest this September at the Lokadharmi base in Cochin.
A website for the project can be seen here.
THE RUTLANDERS RETURN - A COMMUNITY RADIO PLAY
After a highly successful and sold out tour of The Rutlanders Return, a community play based on the lives of four different families in the years following the end of the First World War, we are now working with Arts for Rutland on an audio version of the play that will be broadcast on Remembrance Sunday.
Alongside this we will also be publishing the script of the play, the first time that any of our plays have been made available in this way.
Once the recording is ready we will make sure that it is available for download, free of charge.
KENELM DIGBY AND THE 1620'S HOUSE
We are currently part of a larger project that is being run by Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Arts that is using the wonderful 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath as a stimulus for creative arts projects with school groups.
Our contribution has been to devise a tour for the house that uses the life story of the 17th century explorer and scientist Kenelm Digby to introduce ideas around early Enlightenment thinking to Year 10 pupils. Working with Stephen Jon we have also created a residency at a Loughborough primary school that resulted in a performative exhibition and a masked ceremony.
The project is ongoing and alongside running the tour again we will be performing an interactive lecture about Kenelm at a secondary school.