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By Teatro Vivo
We'd like to create three community theatre groups (one in Evelyn Ward, one in Downham and one in Forest Hill) - providing workshops for two years and free performances for each of the areas.
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We want to create a revolutionary way of developing high quality professional work: Commissioned by the local community and enabling engagement from idea to completion. This project would take three stages: • Develop and sustain regular work with groups in our local community • Create commissioning panels made up of community members of these groups – including consultation with the wider community • Develop full scale professional productions with and for the local communities. Firstly we’d like to hold regular sessions in three Lewisham wards (Evelyn, Forest Hill and Downham) for community participants to attend. Each area would have fortnightly theatre workshops led by a professional theatre maker, as well as a free outdoor arts event for locals to attend in each area. After 4 months of this work we would establish a commissioning group within each ward – these would be members of an ongoing community chorus who would help develop and shape future projects.
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Why it's a great idea:
For people who are already disadvantaged by income and educational opportunity, the arts are often considered to be ‘not for me’. We seek to challenge this perception, because the arts can bring joy, broaden horizons, help build social networks, and support broader educational outcomes. We believe that great art is for everyone and that if cultural capital is kept by the few, then the majority becomes dispossessed. We know that our work in Lewisham can have a long-term impact in the lives of our community participants: “Working with Teatro Vivo and community chorus colleagues has improved my self confidence, my self esteem, my speaking voice and I feel a small part of a group that is seeking to achieve something I have long wished for. I’m humbled for what they have done for me and I’m proud and delighted to see what they’re doing for the community” Community participant, Hunters Grimm 2018
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