We create opportunities for local community involvement in all of our projects. This takes different forms depending on the aims of the project, including:
Take On Me included over 70 people in Surrey as guest performers. Some were core ensemble members who toured to seven different leisure centres, whilst some performed for just one or two performances. Members of Dramatize, for example, joined us at three leisure centres. Everyone took part in workshops, conversations and training sessions during the project. Some members of the guest cast continue to work with us, such as Sophie Gunn who will perform in the new tour of Take On Me, embedding BSL into the production. Sophie has also been funded by Michael Grandage Bursaries to collaborate with us as an Access Associate on embedding captioning into User Not Found. Others have begun their professional careers, are in drama training schemes or making their own projects happen.
The role of sixteen year old Miki was played by a local young actress everwhere we toured Handle With Care. In I Do, the role of 10 year old flower girl Kitty, was also performed by a local young actress at each touring location.
In 2014 we collaborated with the V&A Museum to create a show directed and performed by professional Dante or Die associates with members of Pimento Group in Westway. Treasure was inspired by Handle With Care, exploring what objects are treasures to you. Director Clare Dunn and performer Stuart Barter delivered workshops at the V&A alongside Dante or Die's Associate Artist Anna Woolhouse, creating stories and characters for a brand new promenade performance through the corridors of the V&A.
University or schools workshops often invite students to be part of our development of narratives, form, scripting or choreography. We offer a range of site-specific creation workshops from 2 hour devising sessions to day and week-long residencies. Using directors Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan’s unique blend of space, movement, text and music the company will tailor their workshop programmes to your participants’ needs. Recent workshops include Belltable:Connect in Limerick Ireland, University of Reading and Central School of Speech and Drama.
Workshops are available to outreach and community groups as well as students and professional actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and artists. Projects include:
Daphna and Terry are also available to direct performances, or to mentor students and companies. For more information please contact Terry at email@example.com.