Horsecross Arts

Projects from 2011 - 2013

The award-winning Horsecross Arts Creative Learning team runs drama, music and dance activities both at Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall, as well as in schools and the wider community. The programme is designed to inspire creativity, fire the imagination and help participants of all ages and abilities to discover, explore and develop new talents and skills.

Between September 2011 and October 2013 I led on a number of year-round projects for Horsecross Arts, as well as bespoke projects as required. My core projects were:

For 4 - 11 year olds

In September 2011, we launched a new strand of the Youth Theatre programme for Primary children and I ran both the P1 - 3 group and P4 - 7 group. Following the success of that first year, demand for places was so high that we increased our provision of two primary-aged classes per week to five, and I led on three of these groups until June 2013. Throughout the year, we explored a range of skills including devising, improvisation, storytelling, creative writing and performance, with the aim of developing imagination, confidence and ambition. We celebrated the results of their creative work every June in our Youth Arts Festival, which included work by all Perth Youth Theatre groups, Glee, Street Crew, the Gordon Duncan Experience, and Horsecross Young Creatives (Playwrights, Songwriters, Composers and Choreographers).

For 5 - 16 year olds

In Summer 2012, I launched a Youth Theatre pilot project for children on the autistic spectrum who engaged with the services provided by a brilliant local charity called Perth Autism Support. At the time, this was the first Youth Theatre of its kind in Scotland.

Following a successful pilot, we secured funding from Children in Need and expanded provision from two groups to three, to enable us to keep groups small, to have a high adult to child ratio with a number of volunteer support workers, and to also be able to successfully engage with every child. Each term focussed on developing skills in team-work and co-operation, whilst being creative, using imaginations and having fun. I led this project until October 2013.

For anyone over the age of 18

Between September 2012 and June 2013, I set up and led a new drama group called Horsecross Act which ran on Monday evenings and was for anyone aged 18+ who had an interest in community theatre. The group was very relaxed and informal with no pressure to perform and this enabled us to focus on skills development in devising, improvisation and script work.