We believe the arts is a powerful educator. We work in community, educational, institutional and professional settings to create bespoke, immersive and meaningful projects.
No One is an Island was created to further enhance the learning around the themes in our touring show, Slug. Working with two experienced teaching artists, one class of primary school children spent half a day on a make believe desert island.
The class was split into 4 tribes and spent some time deciding on their tribe values and core skills. Then they set up home on their allocated quarter of the island, but as the session progressed various problems occurred – the sea level rose; the water supply dried up; the boat to the mainland broke; a volcano exploded, twice! The young people needed to creatively respond to the problems they faced, and they had to work with the other tribes to come up with solutions. Using the drama arts of storytelling, improvisation, visual arts, characterisation, creative movement and prop work – the young islanders were encouraged to use their imaginations to visualise the world they were creating. At the end of the day, all tribes had to share the same space, appreciate each other’s skills and learn how to get along.
Working in partnership with The Children’s Wood, Visible Fictions ran a week long residency with Cathy Forde (children’s author and facilitator) and director Jen Edgar to spend time with the young pupils of St Charles Primary School, a school situated in an area high on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. Using the beautiful outdoor space of the Children’s Wood, situated in North Kelvinside, Glasgow, the participants were encouraged to play, explore and create stories from their experiences. These stories were then transformed into a performed piece for friends and family at The Children’s Wood. For many of these pupils this was their first encounter with the wood, working with drama artists and performing. Over 50 people came to support our young participants who confidently presented a promenade performance around the wood.
The creative learning workshop was designed to prepare young people for The Hidden, by exploring themes from the performance and opening up discussion.
In a world of smartphones, computers and rapidly advancing technology, where facts are firmly at our fingertips, is there anything that we cannot find out?
How can we be so sure that our beliefs are true, and our sources can be trusted?
Is there still a place for mystery and the unknown? And can we ever know too much?
The workshop explored these questions through drama exercises, discussion and active learning. Participants used skills of critical thinking, group working and presenting to explore myths, urban legends and their own beliefs, and question whether their opinions are rooted in fact or fiction. The workshop gave pupils the opportunity to consider ideas and questions that related to ‘information’ and ‘trust’, prior to participating in The Hidden, with the aim of enhancing their experience of the performance.
Participants were encouraged to debate and consider how they access information, and question whether they really need to know everything, or if some things should be left a mystery.
FABricate was a schools and community project running alongside our touring production Friends Electric. The project took place before and after the performances and explored how we make friends, the importance of relationships and the role interaction plays in our day to day lives. Two drama artists worked with pupils and family groups to design their own robots, giving it both technological and human powers. The transition between design and fabrication was both exciting and challenging as they were asked to solve problems artistically and adapt ideas to translate into a 3D design. For example, how do we translate a human emotion into a functioning robot part? What would it look like? How do we make it? Participants worked within the disciplines of drama arts, design, visual art and movement to solve these problems.