The project addressed a lack of provision for the production of local high quality new writing work, a low rate of participation in arts activity and investigated alternative, creative ways to tackle low levels of literacy amongst Gainsborough residents through the production of theatre. Over the project we worked with over 70 young literacy learners from across Gainsborough to co-produce four new plays which were performed at The Trinity Arts Centre. Participants attended the theatre, wrote short stories, undertook research, developed characters, learnt about play structures and forms of theatre, learnt how to write and approach dialogue, how to edit scripts, the use of conflict to drive drama and how to create character objectives through use of verbs and transitive verbs. Once the scripts began to take shape the young people took a key role in bringing their productions to the stage by casting their plays, creating marketing materials, working with the production designer to create and build the set and attending rehearsals to give feedback to the company of professional actors.
Lincolnshire County Council, DJS Arts, The Mighty Creatives, Community First, West Lindsey District Council, Awards for All
A short film about the project can be seen here
Our external evaluation report can be downloaded here