VARIOUS OTHER PROJECTS
LYCEUM YOUTH THEATRE
Project from 2008
YOUTH THEATRE TUTOR
For 11 - 18 year olds
In January and February 2008, as part of my Masters in Arts in Social Contexts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I worked with actress Amanda Beveridge on a 'Theatre for Youth' project with the Lyceum Youth Theatre in Edinburgh. This five-week project was designed to give twenty young people who were on the waiting list to join regular LyT classes the opportunity to take part in a series of five drama workshops created exclusively for them.
Over the course of the project, we explored themes from the Lyceum's co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Citizens' Theatre of Six Characters in Search of an Author, by Luigi Pirandello, in a new version by David Harrower. Though the project the young people developed skills in building a character, improvisation, devising and creative writing, and at the end there was a small Sharing in which the young people were able to show their final work to each other.
PITLOCHRY FESTIVAL THEATRE
Projects from 2005 - 2006
DIRECTOR + PROJECT LEADER
For 12 - 16 year olds
In August 2006, I spent five days working with a group of young people at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, devising a detective drama - Murder In The Manor - which was then performed in promenade around Explorer's Garden. Through the devising process we explored text, radio drama, character development and working in a site-specific context.
OUTREACH DRAMA TUTOR
For P4 - 7 pupils
Between October and December 2005, I worked as one of a team of three arts workers writing and delivering PFT's first Hiper Outreach Project, widening access to the arts for 8 - 12 year olds in the surrounding areas of Blair Atholl, Blairgowrie, Aberfeldy and Kenmore.
SCOTTISH YOUTH THEATRE
Project from 2007
For 6 - 7 year olds
Between January and March 2007, I wrote and delivered a ten-week drama project for 6 - 7 year olds, as part of a Scottish Youth Theatre Saturday Workshop programme, in which I focussed on developing group skills and individual confidence through games, improvisation and storytelling.
Projects from 2010 - 2012
Toonspeak Young People's Theatre is a registered charity based in the Royston area of North Glasgow who provide free drama and theatre workshops, trips and training opportunities for young people from the area. Young people are at the heart of Toonspeak and make many of the decisions about the company and their artistic work.
DRAMA WORKSHOP LEADER
For 10 - 16 year olds
Between September 2010 and June 2011, I led weekly workshops in Springburn for Toonspeak involving games, character development, improvisation and theatre trips. Over the winter term the class also devised an original performance for North Glasgow Arts and Regeneration Network’s Carnival of Winter Things, which took place at the end of January 2011. Their performance, Scrudge, was a modern-day reworking of the classic Scrooge, transported in to the 21st Century streets of Springburn. It included some seasonal songs and a few jokes.
In the run up to Christmas, I also had the opportunity to work with Toonspeak participants in some additional workshops to develop their directing and design skills.
From September 2011 to March 2012, I led weekly workshops in Blackhill - a group which was mainly comprised of 10 - 12 year olds. Over these few months, I explored new ways of generating material with the young people, including movement-based tasks, creative writing exercises and an exploration of poetry, text and music as stimulus. The group developed at a pace and they rose to the challenges presented to them with enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence. My workshops with this class concluded with a new devised piece, A Time to Dance, performed as part of Toonspeak's Spring Cabaret.
In Autumn 2011 I also led taster workshops in Drumchapel, as well as delivering the drama portion of a new partnership arts project between Toonspeak, Theatre Modo and Depot Arts, exploring drama, circus skills and urban arts with young people in the Townhead area of Glasgow.
For Toonspeak, I also worked as an Arts Award Adviser, a UK-wide scheme which supports young people in developing their creative skills and ambitions.
YOUTH THEATRE ARTS SCOTLAND
Project from 2010
Based in Edinburgh, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (formerly Promote YT) is Scotland's national organisation for promoting and developing youth theatre locally, nationally and internationally. At the core of the company is the belief that the provision of quality youth theatre across Scotland is of vital importance in not only nurturing the theatre artists and audiences of tomorrow but also in providing an accessible form of social and cultural development to young people. Promote YT is therefore committed to working with the sector to ensure that every young person in Scotland has access to a safe, inclusive and rewarding youth theatre experience.
For P1 - 7 pupils
In April and May 2010, I worked for Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (in collaboration with AttFife and Fife Council) to deliver a programme of performance creation workshops and in-service training to primary schools across Fife with the view of enhancing the annual Fife Schools Drama Festival.
Over the course of the project the team worked with over 600 young people from several schools, devising original performances in response to the question 'Where are you from?'
I co-facilitated/directed five short performances:
Here We Are / Primary 1 - 2
Our Future / Primary 1 - 3
Dreamers Dreaming Dreams / Primary 4 - 7
They'll Name a City after Us / Primary 3 - 7
Crash / Primary 7