Athol Fugard's Playland is the inspiration behind a tailor-made project developed by East Midlands leading rural touring theatre company, New Perspectives in collaboration with the Nottingham Academy.
Over twenty young people from the Nottingham Academy will take part in the 6-week writing and performance project culminating in a performance presented to over 200 year 9 pupils invited from local primary schools; who will also take part in a workshop as part of their Nottingham Academy welcome.
The project began this month with eleven year 10 and 11 Nottingham Academy pupils attending the first rehearsal day with the New Perspectives team at the Nottingham Academy. Meeting actors David Carr and Ben Cutler, alongside the creative team: Director Jack McNamara, Designer Hyemi Shin, Lighting Designer Azusa Ono and Sound Designer Adam McCready and the full New Perspectives staff team introduced the young writers to the elements of the production process, to help their decision-making in shaping and writing a response piece to Playland. As part of the project the young writers will visit the New Perspectives base for a rehearsal session and see a full performance of Playland at the Academy as part of a wider New Perspectives tour. Under the guidance of New Perspectives Trainee Director Theresa Keogh the group will create an original response to Playland which will be performed by Year 9 pupils to an audience invited from local primary school pupils on 4 March 2015.
New Perspectives Executive Director, Sally Anne Tye says,
"Playland presents a rich source of inspiration to create a project involving young people across 3 key stages. Through this pilot we hope to develop a model we can link to our touring productions to inspire creativity and collaborate with a wide range of partners, developing imaginative projects that offer long term benefits.
Mr David Tungate, Academy Principal added,
"We are thrilled to be working with such an ambitious theatre company on a playwright as powerful as Fugard. It is important that our pupils have a relationship with global politics and they are already sensitively engaging with the play's post-apartheid themes.
"We highly value the support of local organisations like New Perspectives to
help provide extended opportunities for our young people at the Nottingham
"This experience will help the 20 pupils involved to realise their personal potential, develop their creative skills and help them develop capabilities to achieve in life."
This project is a natural extension to the Emerging Perspectives programme which offers career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging East Midlands which features mentoring, masterclasses, writer attachment and practical performance opportunities.