Our Narratives of Empathy and Resilience new artform development programme engaged a diverse range of freelance artists who spent three months collaborating and creating theatre for young audiences.
What started as a public call-out in March 2021 (that yielded over 600 applicants) quickly progressed to a collective of 17 dynamic artists, from a range of disciplines, who created 9 powerful scratch performances for different age ranges within the Theatre for Young Audiences sector.
About the Programme
Inspired by similar Half Moon programmes to develop new plays for young people (the three-year Exchange for Change platform), Narratives of Empathy and Resilience is a continuation of our long-term ambition to create stories that reflect our diverse community, as well as support underrepresented artists in developing their practice.
At the end of the project in July 2021 our artists presented an exciting and new body of work, that has provoked conversation around inclusion and representation as well as left the artists inspired and committed to including young audiences in their artistic practices.
The performance day opened up exciting potential, not only for the artists, but also for the Theatre for Young Audiences sector. Though we were unable to welcome delegates in-person, the showcase was professionally filmed. We plan to continue the programme in the autumn, where we will invite our friends in the sector to engage in the digital performances, with hopes to create new and provocative work for young audiences in the future and keep them at the forefront of our minds.
We charted this exciting journey with some behind the scenes content of our artists’ creative journey, including a series of blogs, photos and videos.
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