So after many weeks of planning, writing, shooting, editing and much more – here is the finished film:
Buxton Project eARTh did a project from January – March , called ‘What’s in a Box?’ with artist Katy McCall. After exploring with a wide range of media, each participant started with an empty box…and then created anything they wanted.
To inspire us, we visited the First Cut Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, where we also held our own workshop in one of the gallery’s studios. We finished with a wide variety of art work – from a Dragon’s nest to pop up universe..
We will be making a film of the boxes, as well as holding an exhibition….. watch this space !
From January through March 2013 the New Mills Project eARTh group have been creating their own blog.
On 2nd November three audiences were taken through the chambers of the cavern, led through a dystopic world of uncertainty, panic and thoughts of the future. The performers have been on a journey which began in early September.
After a tour around Pooles Cavern, Fairfield DreamScheme and Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre were full of ideas! They met up, talked through everything and came up with the two themes – Trapped and Lost & Found.
Kaleidoscope Youth Theatre, from Buxton Opera House took the Trapped theme, and after some research Sian Dudley found the poem Darkness, by Lord Byron and loved it!
“As a bit of a Zombie super-fan anything apocalyptic is a winner with me!”she says.
They tried out loads of ideas in the rehearsal stages like throwing water around, writing in chalk on the floor (the floor will never be clean again) and lifting each other in the air. In the end it was just a case of asking ‘what looks the coolest, what makes sense and what can we do in a cave?’. Sian was also able to work with sound designer, Sam Woolstencroft, to produce some original soundtrack for elements of the show.
“Music has played a big part in shaping this piece. There is something extremely visceral about the modern British Drum and Bass music which really captures the essence of panic.”
Sam also worked with the idea of bird cry building as the light drops.
Meanwhile Fairfield DreamScheme had run with an idea for a mysterious disappearance, and more mystery when the group is reunited. Some worked on the script, some wrote the joke sequences and then Britney came in with a rap! DreamScheme first worked with High Peak Community Arts on We Make Our World last year, working with drama worker, Tammy Foley. This year they’ve taken on the creative direction themselves, under DreamScheme member Tamara Lacey. Who says
“I’ve enjoyed taking more responsibility this year, but it’s been hard having one of the main parts as well – it is quite stressful.”
Sian from the Opera House came in to one of their last rehearsals to work on the grand finale, a piece for both groups to perform together. Sam also took pre-recorded voice overs to feed into the mystery of their dialogue scenes.
Then lines had to be learned and costumes produced by young people from two local children’s homes. Manchester-based theatre and costume designer, Nerissa Cargill Thompson, spent 4 evenings on steam-punk customisation of a range of jackets, and a double costume for the character of Eve, who ages 50 years during the story.
After an afternoon of rehearsals to get used to the challenging environment of the cave, the whole show was ready to open for it’s three consecutive runs. Audiences quickly got used to being part of the action as they were asked for help and pushed around into new positions.
After all the shocks, the laughs and the drama closed, Eve delivers her message about the future of planet earth, and the audience were asked -
what would you do if you only had one year left?
Hadfield, Padfield and Tintwistle Intergenerational project
Intergenerational poetry: The poems were part of a final day for the HPTI project which was all about different generations working and learning together, film work, games, challenges were all part of the process of this project and participants put in a lot of work, ideas and energy. The upshot was that stereotypes were challenged and young and old got to learn and develop thier skills together. The poetry created reflects both the project and ideas about generations, thanks to everyone that took part, the project was a real inspiration.
Young and old come to meet
Session 1 was a real treat
Introductions who am I?
Quizzes, games no one was shy
As time went by relations grew
People joined together to learn something new
Valued others shared their knowledge
Is this an intergenerational college?
The week flew by we’ve almost done
And yet as always this session is fun
We celebrate, write poetry and rhyme
I hope we’ll meet again another time
Fixed in monochrome
Preserved for the future
No colour film then
Intergenerational working in theHighPeak
Based on wartime- memories to seek
Two generations to bring together
During summer holidays, despite winter weather
Older and younger, never met before
Offer a warm welcome to all at the door
Lunch is served at the start of each session
Before fun activities and sharing of treasured possessions
Start with an icebreaker to get to know names
Followed by a series of competitive games
Activities that all can participate and share
Regardless of age, ability or cares.
New friendships and relationships start to develop
Trust, respect and understanding of each
A sharing of knowledge, life and culture
Expectations, hopes, future dreams to reach
Week 5 already end of the project
Did we achieve what we hoped to achieve
We’ve made new friends bonded and gelled
Explained wartime objects, stories told
We’ve captured the sessions in sound and vision
We’ve recorded the memories in picture and film
Thanks to the techies Jordan and Sam
Two of the most friendly, talented men
It’s a pity to finish, a real shame to end
We hope you’ve enjoyed the time that you’ve spent
With us here on Fridays during the summer
Making new friends, having fun and in charlotte and Morgan’s case
“Being quiz runners.”
There was silence in the air
The wind and rain had stopped
The thought of Christmas sad
Away from home and family
The food we had was bad.
No longer guns were heard
No smoke, no screams, no mud
We played the game with the enemy
Shared food and drink and love
Now the day is over the
Guns and smoke begin
The killing and the maiming
How stupid it all seems
Why must we war and fight
Can talk and reason be?
Let people live in harmony
Good friends respect and love
Maybe then we will learn to respect
The power above.
Fun Relay Quizzes
Racing against each other
Running towards Lynn
BEING 15… in
Left school in ankle socks to start work at the Pan Yan Pickle factory £2 per week. Nightmare of mouldy clogs and overalls. Still played out at night
Got my last doll, not grown up yet but after that no more Dolls.
Got my first job £14 per week, had to give £10 to Mum.
Mobile phones, laptops, hair dye, make up, clothes,
Boyfriends, parties, family and friends. Girls like cars and money.
Here’s a little teasy taster from Tuesday’s rehearsal!
Performances are at 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm on Friday 2 November 2012, Peak Cavern, Castleton. Tickets can be booked through Buxton Opera House Box Office, 01298 72190.
Find High Peak Community Arts and Youth Arts Network High Peak on Facebook, and read more on our website: www.highpeakarts.org
Please note – The paths of the cavern are uneven and sometimes slippery. If you use a wheelchair please get in touch before booking your ticket. We are also planning to use some strobe lighting effects, again please get in touch to let us know if you are unable to view this technique. Call Sophie at High Peak Community Arts on 01663 744 516.
On Friday 2 November 2012, Youth Arts Network High Peak came together for their second joint performance, inspired by the atmosphere of Peak Cavern and their own fevered imaginations. The show featured young people from Fairfield Dreamscheme and from Buxton Opera House’s Youth Theatre, who had worked together to set up the story. They had then taken their own sections of narrative to develop separately, before coming back together again in the final rehearsals. Meanwhile young people from College Road Children’s Home had been creating Steam Punk costumes to conjure up a futuristic, dystopian world. Others were learning stage make-up and developing the sound design.
We had a good turn out for cartooning and animation with Jim Medway when we opened up at Low Leighton Methodist Church in Ollerset.
And here are some of the contributions from the people who came in:
Hope you like them!
JULY 15th 2012
This event was a great one to be involved with, not only because it was a celebration of all the hard work that people in Padfield had done to create a fantastic play park, but also because it was the first Yurt event so far this summer where the sun shone!
Local Storyteller Gordon McLellan provided some fantastical stories inside the Yurt adding another dimension to this fun filled family event. There were games, races, circus skills, acoustic music, treasure trails and much much more. There was also a great sense of achievement and community. people living locally had not only organised the event but had worked to create the play park, it really was a smashing event to be part of and well done to everyone that took part in the play park project and the day.