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Exchange for Change 2011 culminated in a Festival Day on 30 June at Half Moon for an audience of industry professionals and the children who had been part of the creative process. There were two ensemble companies and a new piece of writing by poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze who presented scratch performances each developed over a period of six days, including encounters in local schools.
The day culminated in a provocation session that saw guest hosts – Dr. Martin Welton (Queen Mary University of London), Ola Animashawun (then the Royal Court) and Nina Birch (then the Drama and Literacy Advisor, London Borough of Southwark) – and delegates discussed artform development and how meaningful engagement changes practice.
The 2011 artists and plays were:
A world of two beginnings and two endings. The piece explored young people’s ability to exercise choice in their lives when experiencing abuse.
Raymond Antrobus – Poet/Writer
Christine Cooper – Musician & Storyteller
Sean Corby – Musician
Saif Osmani – Spatial Designer
Shalini Peiris – Theatre Maker
Partner Centre for Development – Marion Richardson School, E1
Caught in the Middle
Poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze was commisioned to write her first play for young people.
‘To be a girl, a girl in the middle, is double misery. It’s like nobody sees me, or what I want.’
The play charted the life of a teenage girl through puberty, who is forced to confront the challenges of being ‘caught in the middle’ between her younger brother and older sister. The actors who featured in the rehearsed reading were: Rachel McKenzie, Anna-Maria Nabirye and Divian Ladwa.
Partner Centre for Development – Mayflower Primary School, E14
Album. Memory. Migration. The piece contained reflections of what a certain place meant at a certain time and the powerful influence of memory.
Kayo Chingonyi – Poet
Luke Grant – Composer
Tuan Ly – Theatre/Dance Practioner
Rashmi Munikempanna – Visual Artist
Partner Centre for Development – George Green’s School, E14
Watch the 2011 Documentary below: