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HFC Youth Theatre Drama Days workshop 23 & 24 Oct

This Autumn half term, join the HFC Youth Theatre team for an exciting two day intensive workshop!

During the two days, participants will increase their skills and confidence with support and guidance from trained and experienced practitioners, whilst working together to create a new piece of drama.

Dates: Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 October

Age range: 11-14 years old

Price: £36 for the two days

Timings: 10am – 3pm (supervised lunch break 12 – 1pm)

Booking details: Book online here or by calling Box Office on 01872 262466

For further information, please contact Isobel King at Isobelk@hallforcornwall.org.uk

Places are limited so book now for this two day intensive by calling Box Office today!

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Solstice Shorts- call for submissions of poetry, story & song – deadline 5 Nov

KEAP & The Writers’ Block have been approached by a lovely project called ‘Solstice Shorts’ run by a small publishing company in Greenwich, Arachne Press.

Solstice Shorts is a live literature and music event, happening on the shortest day of the year. This year, it is going nationwide with events from Cornwall up to Scotland. These live events will each start at dusk and finish at full dark, so will create a ripple of events across the country. On 21st December, Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are. We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Shetland had almost finished and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings.

The Writers’ Block is very pleased to be hosting the Cornish event!

We are now looking for the content for each of these events. Arachne Press would like submissions of new and unpublished poems and stories, plus new or traditional music/song all on the theme of DUSK. Please note that they are welcoming submissions in Cornish (with accompanying translation) Submissions are shortlisted anonymously, so DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR STORY – only on the form/covering letter.

The submissions will be short listed, and those which are chosen will be read at the events (different ones at each event), and also published into an anthology. Due to the length of each performance – 40 ish minutes – there is likely to be only time for 2 poems, 2 stories and 2 songs at each event. We expect that our Story Republicans will read the poems or stories, but the musical elements will need to be performed by the musicians who created them, so it is really important we get some local musical submissions! If the projects gets Arts Council funding, performers will be paid an hourly rate. Writers will not be paid for their work (unless they read it at their local event), but it will be published, and they will receive royalties from the book.

The deadline for submissions is 5 November. The link to submit, and more info on restrictions on length etc is here https://arachnepress.submittable.com/submit Click on the MORE button, next to the orange SUBMIT button for full requirements.

More info about the project itself is at https://arachnepress.com/solstice-shorts/

 

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

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image by Helen Oxenbury

Ever wanted to step inside your favourite children’s adventure?

We can’t go under it,
We can’t go over it,
We’ve got to go to it!

Swash your way the long grass
Sploosh through a river
Stumble through the dark wood
Then tiptoe into a gloomy cave…
…and rub noses with a great big friendly Bear

The hands-on, interactive experience, with hidden rooms, a bear’s den and giant chocolate cake, was designed by Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, London. The installation features twenty-five-year-old children’s classic book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by former Children’s Laureate and well loved author Michael Rosen and award winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury. This brand new, pop-up style installation is touring the UK and Cornwall College Camborne is its debut location. Visit us from 14 May to 24 July 2016.

Funded by Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn, Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things truly reflects Michael’s energy and passion for education, creativity and writing. Younger children will be able to participate in a Bear Hunt trail whilst older children can go on a fun fact finding mission and create poems of their own to takeaway. Michael has collaborated on the project, and the exhibition will feature hidden rooms where clues can be found that reveal the inspiration behind Michael’s writing, including his Grandparents’ sitting room and his childhood classroom.

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things

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Writing Squad Kernow

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WRITING SQUAD KERNOW 2014-15

The Writing Squad Kernow is a group of talented, enthusiastic, committed young writers aged between thirteen and nineteen from across Cornwall.  The group is managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) and the lead writer is poet, playwright, short story writer and cultural creator Annamaria Murphy who works regularly for BBC Radio, Kneehigh, Rogue Theatre, c-scape dance and The Story Republic.

The aim of the group is to create an environment in which creative writing is the norm and where the young writers have the chance write in a variety of genres and work with a range of different writers.  We are also very linked up with Cornish cultural events and activities and we seek commissions for the young writers so that they are writing for a purpose and also that their work is being seen by a wider audience.

This year the writing squad will be meeting several times in the year and taking part in half and full day activities.  Each session will involve workshops with professional writers and the work is often read or performed as part of local festivals and events.

We will be recruiting in September 2015 for new members to take us into the following year.

For further information contact Amanda Harris 07712331421 amanda.harris@keap.org.uk

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Cornwall College

The Cornwall College Group is the county’s largest education and training provider.

KEAP’s office is now based at Cornwall College Camborne, and they recently partnered with us in hosting two amazing travelling installations based on top children’s authors Oliver Jeffers and Michael Rosen.

www.cornwall.ac.uk

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Emma Wilson – visual artist

I am freelance visual arts practitioner living and working in far west Cornwall.

Since 2000, alongside my own studio practice, I have been planning, managing and delivering art workshops within community, education and gallery settings.

I am passionate about the role of creativity and the arts in a child’s learning and development. I believe that the Arts reinforces and supports the five outcomes of the Every Child Matters Agenda.

I have used the arts to engage unmotivated, vulnerable, at risk children and young people as well as work with young people and adults with a broad range of learning difficulties and special needs.

My role as an artist within education has varied greatly from being asked to deliver a very specific workshop using certain materials within a class, being placed into a school as an artist in residence or working with groups in art galleries.

I am experienced in responding to curriculum needs and particularly enjoy using an art-focused, cross-curricular method of teaching.

I have been responsible for setting up a successful model of working based on Room 13 (http://room13international.org) within the charity Trelya.

I am very keen to share this model of working and would love to see other Studios successfully up and running within other settings, as I believe the results can be both rewarding for young people and staff alike.

Contact: www.emmasaffywilson.com

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Kernow Tales: Tall and Small – Cornwall Secondary Drama Showcase

Hall For Cornwall

Monday 19 January 2015

Matinee 2pm; evening 7.30pm

In a celebration of Cornish minority status, local secondary schools are using drama to explore the cultural distinctiveness that is unique to Cornwall.  Eleven schools and two youth drama groups will create a matinee and evening programme exploring that distinctiveness through myth and reality, heroes that have shaped the way we look at ourselves and taking the plays of our great playwright Nick Darke as a starting point.

Into the mix will go North Cornwall giants, West Cornwall mermaids, miners, pirates, Tregeagle, Hell’s Mouth and Humphry Davy alongside Rick Rescorla.  Add in a large quantity of talent, enthusiasm and youthful energy to create an explosive programme of theatre and entertainment.

Showcasing young Cornish talent, each school has a ten minute slot to perform their piece. “This may seem like a short time but in fact you can create a whole world in ten minutes and explore complex stories and emotions,” says producer Dave Hunter. Some will be challenging, others hilarious, some moving – none will be the same.

The showcase is produced by KEAP and Hall For Cornwall and is now in its sixth year.  “This event is one of the highlights of our year, as we are invariably amazed by the ingenuity and talent of our young people and their teachers. They deserve a huge audience!” said Amanda Harris, director KEAP.

Tickets are £9 or £6.50, with concessions and school rates available. Your ticket price includes a £1 Theatre Fund for the preservation of the theatre for future generations. A £1.50 handling charge is added to each transaction.  Call the Hall For Cornwall Box Office on 01872 262466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.

 For further information contact Helen Reynolds.  helen.reynolds@keap.org.uk 07771981094

 Participating school:  Humphry Davy, Helston, Cornwall College St Austell, Bodmin, Wadebridge, St Ives, Penrice, Looe, Redruth, Callington and Treviglas.  Also Cornwall Youth Theatre and Monster Theatre from Hayle.

 

 

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Dena O’Brien – Kiwi Print Studio

Dena O’Brien has a Masters from The Royal College of Arts and fifteen years of teaching printmaking. From primary age, families and higher education. Dena has established her own business ‘Kiwi Printmaking Studio’. She can deliver workshops covering monotypes, screenprinting, collagraph, linocuts and drypoint.

Dena can travel to any venue with all materials of if preferred use of the studio for groups. Dena’s expertise and imagination can create exciting projects and workshop from large collaborative artworks, community events to printed products and specific skills teaching.

Dena believes that magic of printmaking can provide the ‘wow’ moment to any project for any age. See Dena’s website for examples of school projects and events and print workshops to suit your ideas and group.

www.kiwiprintstudio.co.uk

Contact:

kiwiprintstudio@gmail.com

07976 018401

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Lucy Gordon-Clark – theatre director, tutor, facilitator

I am from Cornwall originally and moved back from London in 2005.  I have worked extensively during the last twenty years with young people, at Hopeful Monsters Youth Theatre in London and in Europe. I have worked with disadvantaged children, also having devised and run workshops for youth theatres and schools. Since moving back to Cornwall I have been teaching Trinity exams at St. Josephs School and running After School Clubs in North Cornwall Primary Schools. I also work as a director at Sterts Community Theatre and as a facilitator for one-off events, (such as with the People’s Theatre Company at the Plymouth Theatre Royal).  Lucy has a diploma from Exeter University in Applied Drama.

Alongside this I work as a professional theatre director.

I am passionately committed to learning and development through the arts.

Email   lucygordonclark@yahoo.com

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Artsmad – Swindon

Artsmad provides high quality arts opportunities for young people in Swindon which range from dance to drama, music to creative writing, digital art to visual art.

Artsmad partners include Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Dance, Swindon Music Service, Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People, Swindon Museums & Heritage, Swindon Libraries and Create Studios.

Specialist cultural education is hugely beneficial for children and young people. Clear national evidence for this is shown in the Culture, Young People and Swindon: Arts Make a Difference report and is backed up by real life examples from Swindon. Produced by Artsmad, this document aims to help decision-makers prioritise activities and acts as a briefing document for those with Culture and Education in their portfolios.

More info about Artsmad

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