A co-creation project with schools on the fringes of Cambridge.
In 2019 we worked with young people during 6 months of workshops in schools and community spaces to explore and tell/write stories of what the future of their communities would be like in 50 years time, working with actors, musicians, an animator, a film maker, set and sound designers. The stories children wrote, told, recorded and drawn were transformed into a theatre show and exhibition, and presented back to them in the heart of the community at Clay Farm Centre.
In 2020, we worked with Cherry Hinton Primary School and The Galfrid to allow young people to explore and tell the stories of the communities and places they live in. This took the form of writing stories, maps, drawings and songs. Our plan was to then take away the ideas they created and transform them into a show to be performed at St Andrews church in Cherry Hinton.
Unfortunately, we were in the midst of preparing for our local production when lockdown began. However, we didn’t let this stop us! Instead, we sent in our Project Recovery Team to take their ideas and turn them into an online experience.
You can join them on their first adventure here as they explore a portal that has opened in Cherry Hinton Park!
We also sent out 300 Creative Activity Packs to local Cambridge food hubs. This included: Trumpington Pavilion, St Paul’s Church (Trumpington), Church of the Good Shepherd (Arbury), The Edge Café (Romsey), Chesterton Methodist Church, Hope Church (East Chesterton), Barnwell Baptist Church (Abbey) and St Andrews Church (Cherry Hinton).
Cast Martin Bonger, Jodie Davies and Richard De Winter
Director Michael Judge
Set and costume design Fiona Rigler
Musical Director Richard De Winter Additional music designed and composed by the company
Production Manager / Sound Designer Ash Day
Producer Maya Ellis
Animator Lizzie Hobbs
Workshop Leader Hilary Cox
Cherry Hinton Primary School Year 5s and 6s
Trumpington Community College
Natalie Evans from Trumpington Community College, Sally Haiselden from Cherry Hinton Primary School. Liz Pinchen, Alison Woods, Dominic Halford, Andy Ayling from Clay Farm Community Centre,Lego Club and Vicky Haywood, Sam Turton, Sabine Zieser, Dan and Eliza from ARU, Alex, Cat, Sarah at NIE.
Cast Martin Bonger, Rose McPhelimy, Abayomi Oniyide, Richard de Winter, Greg Hall
Director Michael Judge
Designer Rachana Jadhav
Music Greg Hall
Workshop Artists Sam Sutherland and Hilary Cox-Condron
Producer Emily Blackwell
Photographer Claire Haigh
All material co-created with children from Cherry Hinton Primary School and The Galfrid School.
Barbara Rodel, Sally Haiselden and Charlotte Wyn. Our funders Arts Council England, Cambridge City Council and National Lottery Awards for All and we acknowledge the grant we have received from the Marshall Community First Fund, a charitable fund managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
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