TROUPE Theatre Group

TROUPE Theatre Group

TROUPE is a new theatre group for young people in care and care leavers aged 16 – 21. Troupe was inspired by our last project ‘Leaving’, a play by Paddy Campbell that shared the true stories of young people and staff who have lived in, worked in or left the care system.

From June – September 2017, Curious Monkey will deliver workshops that focus on performance and theatre making skills to encourage confidence building and increased self-esteem. Workshops are free and there is no previous experience is required, just a curiosity and willingness to join in.

The project will include:

* Drama workshops for those who want to develop their performance skills

* Masterclasses in theatre making with professional artists

* Games and exercises to help build confidence and self-esteem

* Six free theatre trips to local venues to see a range of professional touring shows between July and October. Dates TBC

* Snacks and refreshments for participants at each workshop

* Contribution to travel costs available

If you’re interested in finding out more, we will be running taster sessions

for young people on:

Wednesday 21st June 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Wednesday 28th June 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Email jenny@curiousmonkeytheatre.com to reserve a space

We ask that a support worker/carer accompany young people to workshops

Tasters will be held at Greyscale Theatre & Studio, Floor 2, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6BH.

Those interested in joining us for the remainder of the programme will sign up for sessions through a follow up email sent by Curious Monkey staff.

The group workshops will happen from 5pm – 7:30pm on:

• 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th July

• 2nd, 16th, 30th August

• 6th September

After the Project: Troupe will be invited to join the Freedom City Project – a city wide project run by NGI and Northern Roots that will engage members of the community in a large scale outdoor theatrical event in November. Any participants at the end of the Troupe course wanting to bring their skills to Freedom city will be supported by the Curious Monkey team to engage in the rehearsals.

Young people in our last project ‘Leaving’ said:

“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”

“It’s been fab, I really hope it can carry on”

“We’re just a big family when we come to the group, we have a laugh”

“I met people I’ve never met before, I now know their story and how it’s

different to mine”

Troupe is free for the young people who participate. The project is supported by the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund through the Tyne & Wear Community Foundation.

There will be a maximum capacity of 20 in the group including support workers/carers. All of our staff hold enhanced DBS certificates

For more information please email jenny@curiousmonkeytheatre.com

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.