Our tenant theatre company – The DIY Theatre Collective – is embarking on their second devised theatre project, this time working towards a performance for City Housing’s Christmas celebrations in early December. Their work will explore the question: What sustains us?
Voice Arts Trust has been invited to travel to the Cook Islands to deliver a devised theatre project with young people at risk of exclusion in the educational environment. This project will happen in September over an intensive nine day period. We will also be running a number of professional development workshops for those working within inclusive education.
This community engagement performance project is designed to connect, celebrate and surprise your community. It brings together people from a range of diverse agencies and organisations that work with and for community. They are staff, volunteers, and clients. They are guided and supported to create a collection of one-minute stories inspired by their own life and their work in the community. Engaging, surprising, and challenging audiences can expect the unexpected when they come to an In A Minute performance – it is intimate and thoroughly unique. We are delivering this project in Hutt with support from the Hutt City Council.
This project is a series of workshops with community volunteers from City Housing. The focus is on speaking publicly and presentation skills. For many volunteers speaking to groups of people is part of their role in the community, and it is a challenge for the best of us at the best of times. We will be building confidence, capacity and skills in this area, and preparing some participants to present at the annual Neighbours Day celebrations.
The first half of this year we will be working with our Tenant drama group to create a performance exploring the theme “Who Are We!” We will be using spoken word, drama and song to capture stories that explore blood lines, ancestors, those who have gone before. The group will be performing for the wider community as part of Matariki celebrations.
Working in partnership with the CAP Team at City Housing, we are creating a tenant theatre company – an open group for any city housing tenants with a burning desire for, or gentle curiosity about performance art. Having worked over the years with a number of city housing tenants on various projects, we know there’s a huge wealth of creative talent out there and we intend harnessing that talent on and off stage. The Company will be perform twice a year – a fun family show for Christmas and a devised theatre production mid year.
We are partnering with the British Council and the Goethe-Institut on a community based, devised theatre project exploring the role of women in WW1. This project will begin in May and will involve a diverse group of 6-8 women who will be supported in the creation of a performance piece that will premiere on November 11th, Armistice Day, in the Grand Hall at Parliament.
We are delighted to be partnering once again with Ryman Healthcare on a 2nd short film project, this time engaging not only Residents but families as well. Similar to our first film project “Facing Change” we explore the often challenging time of transition from independent living or family care into an aged care facility.
A creative storytelling project with city housing tenants aged 75 and over; using the historical Nairn Street Cottage as ‘home’ for the project, and as an inspirational starting point, participants will be supported to reflect on and share histories, experiences, cultural identities, ideas and beliefs; participants will craft the telling of selected stories that will be captured on film and audio and compiled into a documentary that will become a permanent exhibition at the new Nairn Street Cottage Visitor’s Centre.
This project represents a unique 3-way partnership between:
- City Housing
- Wellington Museums Trust
- Voice Arts Trust
City Housing will promote this unique opportunity and identify participants from within the tenant community.Wellington Museums Trust has provided Nairn Street Cottage as a home base for the project and will exhibit the final film on site at the visitor’s centre. Voice Arts Trust will lead the development of this project and manage the delivery.