We have been working with young people in care and care leavers since 2015 alongside the creation of Leaving by Paddy Campbell. They have taken part in workshops, learnt about different elements of theatre making, been on monthly group trips to the theatre including backstage tours. Now many of those young people will be doing work experience shadowing the artists in the creative process of staging the production of Leaving.
From 2017- 2022 we will be continuing to work with looked after young people and care leavers and will be recruiting a new group to start work later in 2017 to go through a similar programme. The new project will include learning about digital elements of theatre and will work towards creating a digital installation that will be inspired by seeing the production of Leaving.
We are keen to have conversations with individuals, charities, services and agencies who might want to work with us in supporting looked after young people and care leavers to take part.
Please contact us to discuss how to get involved:
Toni McElhatton, Project Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Golding, Artistic Director – email@example.com
Here’s what the group said:
“I just really enjoyed it. I enjoyed seeing a story onstage that was similar to my story”
“I’ve enjoyed coming to the workshops, you can be honest.”
“I’m proud of the contribution I’ve made in the sessions”
“I met my best pal”
“I’ve learned about recording binaural sound and playwriting and I created a character called Arlo”
What our partners say:
“We have loved working with Curious Monkey on the Leaving project. The young people have been really committed to the project and have been keen to attend. The project co-ordinators have built really positive relationships with the young people and have shown a good understanding of their needs. The reality of working with looked after children and care leavers and the difficulties they may sometimes have in group situations have not only been understood but also addressed in a way that has enabled the relationships to build and the trust to develop. The group have learnt so much about producing a piece of theatre from the development of an idea to the range of jobs on offer in theatre, such as set design and lighting engineering. Each session is well planned and enjoyable and is pitched at the right level for the group.”
Huge thanks to our funders Big Lottery Awards for All, The Newcastle Culture Fund, The Community Foundation, RW Mann Trust, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.