Arts Team Blog

Posted on: 04 October 2014

Written by: Stuart Grey

Summer is usually the time when people unwind for a bit and put their feet up, or pack their bags for a holiday. But it’s been a pretty busy time for us at Cardboard Citizens; running workshop programmes, creating public performances, staging fundraisers, shooting part of a T.V commercial, and delivering training for the NHS – among other things!

Throughout the year, one of our major areas of work is in delivering workshops to our existing membership, and finding new people to join in. We tend to work fairly closely to ‘term-times’ and, knowing that people have more spare time in the summer, we packed out July and August with activity.

Choreographer Sarah Levinsky ran weekly dance workshops working on movement development and physical presence on stage. Playwright Jim Kenworth taught playwriting, and members also went to Newham City Farm to see his new play Revolution Farm, an adaptation of Orwell’s classic play. With Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson, there was more classics work – text-based workshops on The Cherry Orchard and its relevance to modern society.

Our ACT NOW group of young people finished their summer with an open mic night, sharing their spoken word projects – and everything that Artists Ty and Potent Whisper had taught them. And Associate Artist Terry O’Leary created five invisible theatre pieces – all responses to provoking debate about current issues of same-sex marriage, homeless exclusion from public places visibility within the arts (the fourth plinth).