Community Engagement Projects

Upcoming 

Clowning Around, The Waverley, Weymouth
 (Funded by National Lottery Community Fund, Frenetic Fox Theatre)

Having secured #CelebrateNationalLottery25 funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Paul will be partnering with East Boro Housing to facilitate Clowning workshops for adults with a learning disability alongside Bianca Bertalot (NOS Three Theatre).

Workshops will be hosted at The Waverley Community Hub in Weymouth. The Waverley is a fun, dynamic and integrated social hub and multi-purpose community resource for adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health needs, the elderly, carers, parents with young families, socially isolated and lonely people.

This project will be facilitated in 2021.


eLiGiBiliTy, Space Youth Project, Dorchester (Funded by Wessex FM, Dorset Council & Corwdfunder, Frenetic Fox Theatre)

Having been shortlisted for the 'Projects that matter: Dorset campaign!' which is part-funded by Wessex FM & Dorset Council, the company subsequently reached their target through donations via our Crowdfunder page. Paul is able to inspire, empower and foster the creative potential of LGBTQIA+ teenagers in West Dorset through meaningful theatre devising workshops.


These sessions will cover various styles of performance including Physical Theatre, Improvisation and Writing for Theatre.

This project will be facilitated in 2021.


Current

Creative Writing Group, Bishopsworth Library/Online, Bristol (Funded by Bristol John James Foundation & Bristol Library Innovation Fund, Brave Bold Drama)

Paul & Gill are making space online every Monday to explore a wide range of writing styles, build confidence, gain support, meet published authors and have fun at our new Creative Writing Group.


The group is for people who live in BS13 aged 14+ to adult and sessions are FREE to attend. This group will provide exciting opportunities to work with published authors. Absolute beginners to more experienced writers are equally welcome. 


Over the months we will explore working in a wide range of styles including:  poetry, writing for spoken word performance, scriptwriting, novels in various genres , journalism and song lyrics.

Sessions begin in October 2020.



Beside The Sea & Remote Audio Stories Project, Bristol, Dorset & Weston Super Mare (Commissioned by Activate Arts Performing Arts, with additional funding from Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Fund & National Lottery Community Fund, August 2020-onwards)

Commissioned by Activate Arts Performing Arts, as part of their Creative Communities in Quarantine micro-commissions fund, to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on communities throughout Dorset. This project seeks to engage those isolated from their family and friends, who are unable to access pre-existing activities and networks.

Paul & Gill will produce a sensory audio story centred around a ‘day at the seaside’ suited to those living with dementia. This will be accompanied by a ‘sensory tray’ incorporating a selection of multi-sensory resources, with Care staff taking on an active role facilitating the activity - incorporating textures, scents & smells, tastes and visual prompts which complement the story setting and punctuate specific moments in the audio journey.

Additionally, Paul & Gill will be collaborating with residents of Weston Super Mare based Care Homes on a completely brand new story or stories. Through phone calls, socially distanced workshops and written correspondence we will shape the audio story with them. Residents will be offered roles in the story. We will post simple audio recorders to them and they can record lines and post them back to us for editing. 

This is a Sister-project to 'Beside The Sea'. We will be working with non-dementia residents to cultivate this new material.

When touring a previous dementia-sensitive project to care and residential settings we encountered many residents not living with dementia that wanted stimulating and meaningful arts engagement. This latter project was born out of this feedback. 


The Hive Totem Collective
(Commissioned by B&NES Hospital Education and Reintegration Services, Brave Bold Drama, Summer 2020)

Paul & Gill worked with HERS to create a new digital space to celebrate the creativity of the young people they work with, creating an online gallery that will launch in early September 2020.

During a socially distanced Drama workshop the group discussed possible names for this new online gallery and The Hive Totem Collective was born! 

The Hive Totem Collective online gallery will celebrate the 'expressions of the heart' or creative expression of the young people, and will also be a space for the young people to learn new creative skills from each other.


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Expanded Performance: Bristol + Bath R&D 
(Commissioned by Bristol + Bath R&D/Watershed/Bristol University/Bath Spa University, May-December 2020)

Paul, Gill & Bristol University Student Intern Katie Chalk were one collective of the six industry partners selected by Bristol + Bath Creative R&D to run a research project on the theme of Expanded Performance.

Their focus was on whether the use of technology in performing arts opportunities means young people from less privileged backgrounds are more likely to engage. As part of this research they are researching projects from all over the UK that have used technology to help young people engage with performing arts.


CIA (Company of Indoor Artists)
(Funded by Quartet Community Foundation and Arts Council England, Brave Bold Drama, April-October 2020)

Between April and October 2020 Paul & Gill worked in partnership with two local primary schools Merchants' Academy and Fouracres Academy in Withywood to support 64 children aged 8-12 who were in receipt of free school meals to enjoy being creative at home.

Both co-designed a range of themed creative activities presented as Creative Missions. These included opportunities to make visual arts, music and creative writing at home. The kit boxes we delivered provide teh children with all the materiansl the need to complete the missions and the missions did not require access to the internet. 


Short films to introduce each mission were shot and disseminated. Children without digital access at home were able to watch these films at school before starting their missions.


The Butterfly Effect
(Commissioned by Ginkgo Projects and Keepmoat Homes, Brave Bold Drama, Autumn 2019/Winter 2020)

This project explored what Hartcliffe residents enjoyed about being in natural spaces. Residents talked to Paul & Gill and designed, built & decorated willow butterflies to express their relationship with the natural world. This expression informed the development of a new natural space to be created within some new housing on a Hartcliffe site.

These butterflies were shared and celebrated as part of a community procession event in February 2020.

Photo taken & Butterflies constructed by
Sophie Howard:

www.sophiehoward.co.uk

Cracking the Egg Conundrum (Commissioned by Parson Street Primary School, Brave Bold Drama, January 2019)

Commissioned to design and facilitate a week-long, pop-up residency in Parson Street Primary School. The school suspended their entire timetable for a week to focus on their creative writing skills. Paul & Gill created a series of walkabout characters who were investigating the sudden appearance of glowing eggs on school grounds, leaving the children to speculate as to what the eggs were and explore this through creative writing. 

A Song for Knowle West
(Commissioned by Knowle West Media Centre, Brave Bold Drama, May-November 2018)

Paul & Gill were involved with an 8-month residency at Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol to collaborate with the community on a song project. Having visited many community groups of all ages in Knowle West to gather lyrics, riffs and rhythms inspired by their experiences living in the ward, this became a new three-part song which we recorded and transferred onto an interactive 'Song Station'. This device enabled people to not only listen to the song, but also remix and upload their own versions to SoundCloud.

Easter Parade, Creative Workspace, Bristol
(Funded by National Lottery Community Fund, Brave Bold Drama, Easter 2018)

Collaboratively Paul worked alongside group members on their very own reimagining of the lavish Hollywood classic 'Easter Parade'.

Making costumes, choregraphing dance routines, designing show invitations and working on clowning skills, this play-in-a-week series of workshops culminated in a showcase of their devised show for friends, key-workers and family members to enjoy.

The Investigators Bristol Bright Night (Commissioned by Bristol University Department for Public Engagement, Brave Bold Drama, Spring/Summer 2015)

Bristol Bright Night was part of a huge international European Researchers Night in September 2015. Paul & Gill were commissioned to direct four short pieces of street theatre that illustrated current scientific research happening in Bristol, and to write and direct a fifth new piece, called "Do Not Disturb." "Do Not Disturb" illustrated a research project which was happening in Bristol in 2015 about how sunflowers synchronise their internal biorhythms. They took the key elements of this research project and presented it through metaphor as a yoga class for sunflowers.

Facilitator for Say So Drama,
Dorchester Arts Centre

(Employed as a Freelancer, Summer 2014)

Paul faciliated a 'play-in-week' series of workshops inviting people aboard the ol’ ship Blackbeard for 'A Pirate’s Life For Me' a devised, untold story of a crew of bandit Pirates.  

Scurvy sea dogs boarded the vessel for a week-long, pirate-themed summer school to search for pirate treasure, mermaids and discover new foreign lands.

Sessions incorporated various aspects of Drama, Dance and Music – including physical theatre, tradtional folk dance and writing & performing original sea-shanties. 


The Avona Project, Festival of Nature (Commissioned by Bristol Natural History Consortium, Brave Bold Drama, Spring/Summer 2016)

A mid-scale community festival commission, Paul & Gill worked with over 200 local people aged 3 to over 80 alongside five community choirs, sculptor Sophie Howard and St Peter's Primary in Bishopsworth to create 'Avona' a processional wicker-sculpture representing the Goddess of the Avon River and her song, The Avona Shanty. The Avona Shanty was created from people's personal connections to the Avon River. These stories were turned into a song performed by a massed community choir of over 70 voices at the Bristol Harbourside, by local Bristol band Red Ray & the Reprobates in Keynsham, and by community choirs in Bath.

Photo taken & Avona figure-head constructed by Sophie Howard:

www.sophiehoward.co.uk


Facilitator for Say So Drama, Dorset
(Employed as a Freelancer, February 2013-December 2014)

Paul was a Facilitator for Dorset based arts provider Say So Drama.
Say So deliver weekly fun and engaging creative workshops for children and adults with learning disabilities. These workshops are person centred, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the individuals within the group. Providing an encouraging and supportive environment to increase confidence, motivation and self-esteem to all that attend. Paul ran the Wareham and Blandford Forum groups. During this period group members devised/reinvisioned shows based around Commedia Dell'arte, Sit-Coms and Musical Theatre.