We want to create a love letter to Folkestone: For those who live here, after a period when we could only enjoy the seafront by ourselves or in small groups, we want to create a piece of theatre that [safely] brings people together to celebrate our wonderfully creative community again. Working with local schools we aim to developing a passion for community action and 'giving back' from a young age. Our aim is to create a piece of theatre that raises awareness of & action change towards the environmental impact that plastic has on the beaches & seas of Folkestone whilst creating a community event for all ages. We will build the capacity of the young people through skills-building in public speaking, active research, community sensitization & theatremaking. After a mentally challenging year these sessions will support young people's mental health, improving the whole community’s quality of life and bringing the arts back to the community after a period of closure.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We want to create an outstanding theatre piece for family, friends, locals & visitors to Folkestone’s seafront after a period of little live performance to enhance their wellbeing & local connections. The message of the devised theatre will be focused on voluntary action - inspiring our community to get involved in beach cleans and other ecological activities. We have been inspired by the impressive work of our voluntary Mutual Aid Groups and want to keep this appetite for helping each other (and our environment) alive! The young participants will learn new skills,creatively interact with their peers & facilitators and enjoy being by the sea. We want to improve their mental health by working, laughing and performing live again after a period of isolation and leave them engaged and passionate about volunteering and the power of community action.
Steps to get it done:
This creative & innovative project will utilize Folkestone-based facilitators [theatre director Matthew Hahn, playwright Kerry Ryan; puppeteer Andre Verissimo], young people & volunteers.The participants will be sourced from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College,Canterbury College & social media requests.Volunteers will be sourced from the friends of the Folkestone Performing Arts Centre facebook group & local mutual aid groups.They will serve as stewards at the performance to keep it Covid-secure & promote the performing arts centre’s work.The performances at the Lower Leas Amphitheatre will engage with an audience of friends,family,locals & visitors of Folkestone. As this project involves in-person collaboration,we will continue to be guided by government safety restrictions regarding the pandemic.We will update this page with any required changes or rescheduling of the project along the way.
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Folkestone's First Summer Panto on the Beach: May I introduce you to our Dame Victoria, fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing plastic punk and recycled fashions to Folkestone. OH, YES SHE IS! We are busy creating a piece of 'guerilla panto' throughout the Lower Leas Park. We will be popping up with our show throughout the day but will certainly be at the Amphitheatre at 1pm on Saturday 14 August. So, if you want to make sure to see the show, please do come at 1pm! Bring your water pistols and warm up your voices: Prepare yourself to cheer on the Goodies and 'Boooooo' the Baddies!!! Summer Panto in Folkestone! OH, YES IT IS!
Yesterday marked the beginning of #FolkestonePlasticProject with a brilliant puppet-making workshop led by Andre Braga. We will begin rehearsals this Tuesday at the Lower Leas Amphitheatre. We are still looking for participants, so if you are in primary or secondary school and have an interest in the environment and the arts, please do be in touch!
Just a quick message to say that we are looking forward to beginning our rehearsals in 7 days time. Thank you so much for making this project happen. We still have a couple of remaining spaces for anyone [12 to 25 YO] who may want to participate: If you or someone you know is interested in using their creative talents to raise awareness of the environmental impact that plastic is having on coastal towns like Folkestone, then the Folkestone Performing Arts Centre needs your help! No experience is necessary. All rehearsals and performances will happen on the Lower Leas Amphitheatre in Folkestone. Learn New Skills and Meet New People. Beat those Lockdown Blues with Folkestone’s First Drama Project in over a year. For more information, please contact Matthew at email@example.com. #FolkestonePlasticProject. https://www.facebook.com/FolkPAC. www.fpac.info.