Making theatre shows that seek to challenge injustices in our society has always been at the heart of what we do, telling the stories that need to be told, to break down the barriers that divide us. We fight for equality whilst providing a space for people who have been subject to some form of social exclusion to have their creative voices heard. Our work so far has been made in collaboration with people who have first hand experience of the themes, often those who have been denied their rights, opportunities, resources or those who have been displaced.
Thanks to our recent Elevate funding success, from December 2016 we will be offering free monthly sessions bringing people together to develop new practical skills and to see how creativity can improve wellbeing.
Whatever your previous experience in the arts, Creating Together welcomes all. Sessions are open to anyone who would benefit from a boost in confidence, exploring their creative potential and have an interest in working towards a more inclusive society. If English is not your first language, don’t worry, we will support you. These sessions will be particularly relevant to:
– People who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness
– Refugees and asylum seekers
– People with mental health support needs
The sessions will focus on a new creative practice each month, while building ongoing skills. We will meet at 10am till 3pm (2pm at Camden People’s Theatre) with regular breaks throughout the day including enjoying a meal together. (Free lunch and refreshments provided every month).
The creative sessions will be guided by Jen and Mike (Co-Artistic Directors of Displace Yourself). With over ten years experience in the arts, they will offer professional training in a wide variety of specialised skills including acting, singing and movement- all delivered through a sensitive and holistic practice to aid recovery of those in vulnerable situations. The sessions will be an opportunity to improve self esteem and meet new people in a fun, safe and therapeutic environment. As we go along, the monthly sessions will be directly tailored to the interests of the group; this means that if people are keen to learn more about writing, film, costume or set design etc, we can begin to focus the sessions on these areas too, inviting specialists in that field to join our process.
Creating Together will run every month from December 2016.
Through Creating Together there will also be lots of opportunities to see shows for free, welcoming you to your local theatre or arts centre.
Creating Together is happening at:
ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Theatre in the Mill Bradford, The Civic Barnsley, York Theatre Royal, The Albany Deptford and Camden People’s Theatre.
Creating Together is part of a larger 3-year project supported by Arts Council England Elevate fund.
Through this project Displace Yourself want to effect change on what is seen on our partners’ stages so that they are more representative of the diverse communities they serve, through facilitating people who have experienced social exclusion to access the arts as Audiences, Participants, Collaborators and Makers.
Our Elevate project is about taking a holistic approach to developing and widening entry routes into the arts in a long-term and sustainable way. Over the three years we will increase the capacity of Displace Yourself by working with a range of professionals in company management, fundraising and touring in order that we are in the best position to continue to provide high quality arts provision for people who wouldn’t usually have the opportunity to engage with the arts.
Alongside this, Jen and Mike will hone their skills in somatic movement education- a vital and effective therapeutic practice when working with trauma victims in community groups. Through structured training with Movement Therapist Fabiano Culora, Jen and Mike will develop holistic processes that facilitate participants to trust their physical inquires, connect emotionally, deepening freedom and whole body responsiveness. Developing a physical collective language, our activities will be less reliant on spoken language, so that we can welcome more non-English speakers/ BAMER communities into our work and our processes.
To get in touch or for more information please contact Jen or Mike at:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 07949154514 / @DisplaceTheatre