Projects from 2004 - 2008
Originally set up to deliver the Children and Young People's events as part of Glasgow 1990 City of Culture, Giant developed into one of Scotland's most respected professional children's arts organisations. The company vision was to create inspiring, curious and unexpected arts experiences for children under 12 and their families. At the heart of the company was a commitment to accessibility with the recognition that every child is different, with different needs and different ways of experiencing the world we all live in. Children were therefore at the centre of all the work, respected as artists in their own right, full of ideas, essential nonsense and talent. After 21 years of fantastic projects, Giant closed its doors in Autumn 2011.
From October 2004, I worked for Giant as a Freelance Artist on a number of projects, invariably combining a range of artforms such as drama, movement, performance, storytelling, writing, music, prop making and visual art. Here are a few examples:
STORYTELLER + WRITER
For 2 - 4 year olds
These Early Years storytelling projects developed out of a pilot project that I ran during my time as Giant's Drama Officer. Between November and December 2007 I delivered afternoon storytelling sessions in Giant's Workshop Space, experimenting with different forms of storytelling, storymaking and storyreading with a small group of early years children, toddlers and parents. For the most part, these were original stories that I wrote in response to the children's interests. We explored these stories through movement, visual arts and creative play.
In March and April 2008, I developed this further with outreach storytelling in four nurseries and community centres in Glasgow's East End, in partnership with Platform.
In October and November 2007 I ran three practical Twilight Training sessions entitled Making Story-time Interactive for nursery workers, primary teachers and support workers from both mainstream and special education settings, play workers, and other professionals who used creative approaches in their work with children.
PROJECT LEADER + DRAMA ARTIST
For 7 - 9 year olds
Avenue End Primary and Croftcroighn School for children with Complex Needs moved to a combined campus in April 2007. The Giant Jungle aimed to integrate the two schools through a joint arts project that Autumn where, over the course of seven weeks, the Creative Team worked with a mixture of Primary 3 / Middle Years pupils from both schools using movement, music, drama, storytelling and visual arts to explore the theme of the Jungle.
The project culminated with a Celebration Event before the October holidays where the three groups were able to share their work with each other and a small audience of children from the Nursery. We rounded the Celebration off with some Jungle-themed nibbles and juices.
For 2 - 11 year olds
From April to October 2007, I worked with Giant three-days a week to develop and deliver a range of projects:
August - October, After School Drama - an 8-week project (extended to December 2007)
August - October, Giant Saturdays - an 8-week cross-arts Autumn workshop programme
August - September, Early Years Story-Time - a 5-week project
August, Secret Gardens - storytelling as part of a weekend event at Tramway
July, Summer Activities - a 3-day and week-long programmes of activities
May - June, Outside In - an 8-week cross-arts Summer workshop programme
STORYTELLER + WRITER
For 3 - 11 year olds
In July 2005, Giant commissioned me to write and perform a site-specific Storytrail, The Red-Haired Boy and the Roaring Dragon, incorporating the architecture of The Lighthouse and a stretch of Glasgow's Buchanan Street, in a fully inclusive, sensorial journey programmed to coincide with the Special Olympics.
THE MUSICAL GARDEN WORKSHOP LEADER
For 1 - 11 year olds
I ran various workshops between April 2005 and January 2007 using Giant's Musical Garden, a specially created collection of musical instruments which I used to explore the environment, stories and imagination with children from age 1 - 11.
LEAD ARTIST + ASSISTANT ARTIST
For 3 - 8 year olds
In early 2005, I collaborated with a dancer to deliver food-themed Munch Day workshops which combined drama, story, improvisation and movement.
January, Soup Story (Lead) + Where's my Supper? (Assistant)
February, The Trail of the Turnip King (Assistant), Around the World on 80 Plates (Assistant) + The Enormous Pancake (Assistant)
March, The Giant Picnic (Assistant) + The Giant and the Rumbly Tum (Assistant)
For 3 - 11 year olds
My first contract with Giant was as part of the creative team for the Big Arts for Wee People Festival, which was a week-long festival which travelled to various venues in North Ayrshire in October 2004. During the week I assisted with the delivery of a number of workshops, including drama, visual arts, chinese drumming and juggling.