We're in the midst of an exciting film project with our friends at Let's Play Banbury, who do wonderful work with young people with additional needs.
Over the weeks participants are creating a short film with lots of dancing, acting and more costume changes than a Lady Gaga Concert!
We'll co-host a red carpet event at Rock the Atic Banbury in January to premiere this wonderful piece, produced by Fresh-FX.
‘We had no expectations leading into this project as it’s the first of its kind that we have run at Let’s Play. The young people have responded better than we could ever have anticipated. They arrive every week with a huge smile on their face ready to get to work which is a million miles away from where we started. During the first week our amazing CTC facilitator Diana started with a warm up game as a gentle introduction. The young people seemed self-conscious, nervous, and a little unsure of what to do. Fast forward to week five; they are in costume, following instructions, confident, focused and having a huge amount of fun. We can’t wait to see the final film and enjoy sharing it at our celebration red carpet evening in January.'
Tracey Owen, Operations Manager, Let’s Play Project
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This summer CTC undertook a community theatre project involving 35 participants, a professional creative team of 7 and a combined audience of 1,500.
Our members came up with the idea of creating an outdoor performance exploring Greek mythology, designed to inspire and bring together communities. Every young person who wanted to get involved in this free activity was encouraged to and participants explored acting; devsing; puppetry and costume; assistant stage management and directing.
In devising ‘Myth’, young people examined classic tales and considered their modern relevance, supported by Artistic Director Tristan Jackson-Pate and Movement Director Emma Webb in classes from April-July. In August, participants were joined by three professional actor/facilitators, stage management and designers and undertook a two week intensive rehearsal process before embarking on a six date community tour.
“I like the way the actors work with you, it’s not just “I’m an actor, you’re a child”
“I think it’s made me a lot more confident because we had to perform to people I’ve never seen before. It’s the first time I’ve done that.”
"We particularly like that CTC is so inclusive. The professional actors were such warm friendly and enthusiastic people. They got on so well with the young people and they were very encouraging, giving gentle nudges to try out new things in a way that empowered people."
Parent of MYTH Participant
“Some of the houses around our village green can seem imposing, and I think we claimed the space. We took it over from the construction crew and made it fun, which we’ve been waiting a long time to do!"
Chair of Residents Association, Heyford Park
This project was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Cherwell District Council, The Victoria Wood Foundation, Doris Field Charitable Trust, The Ormonde Foundation, The Lynn Foundation and Bartlett Taylor Trust