The Marbleous Route Home, Intro to Theatre and Something to Declare | YV Taking Part Summer update

It’s been an incredibly busy few months for the Young Vic’s outreach team, Taking Part. We’ve shared the playful, non-verbal production The Marbleous Route Home with SEND schools and young people over two weeks of performances, our YV Young Associates created an installation for Refugee Week, Something to Declare and Intro to Theatre, our week long programme of free workshops for young people interested in a career in theatre was attended by hundreds who enjoyed the talents and advice of some incredibly exciting artists.

The Marbleous Route Home

Our playful, non-verbal production, The Marbleous Route Home was our new Young Vic Taking Part production created as an original response to Fun Home aimed at children and young people who attend special schools.


Conceived by Natasha Nixon and Kirsty Harris, and devised by the company, Natasha Nixon’s production received some beautiful and excited reactions from audiences throughout our two weeks of performances set in our open and relaxed performance environment.

Intro to Theatre

Our week long programme of workshops for Young People got even bigger in May 2018. We hosted hundreds of Young People across 26 workshops held by exciting artists including directors Roy Alexander Weise, performers Yolanda Mercy, Serafina Bey, London Hughes and Michael Balogun, writer Luke Barnes and photographer Helen Murray as well as our very own Kwame Kwei-Armah and Nadia Latif.


If you’re interested in finding out more about the next Intro to Theatre then send an email to youngpeople@youngvic.org and they’ll let you know how you can sign up.

Something to Declare

The Young Vic Young Associates are local young people from Southwark who work at the YV, each joining a different department for 9 months of the year. Towards the end of their time at the YV they are given the opportunity to come up with some work on a theme of their choosing. This year’s team of Lanikai, Sandra and Patrick chose to create some work in response to the refugee crisis during Refugee Week.


Their installation, Something To Declare was developed through a series of interviews and workshops with LGBTQI+ refugees. Visitors were invited to listen to different narratives on headphones while inside the installation room, composed from interviews with workshop participants about their experiences in their home countries and in the UK. The second room offered a chill out space with music, films and food, and later featured moving performances from poets Belinda Zhawi and Tamara McFarlane. It was a great evening and we had a fantastic response from our audiences – big thanks to everyone who contributed to the project and to all of those who came.

All photos © Leon Puplett

 

HumanMe – a response to the refugee crisis

Once a year our Young Associates have the opportunity to create a performance in response to a topic they want to explore. This year they chose to create something that represented the human side of the refugee crisis, going against what the stereotypical negative story of groups of migrants the media tends to portray. They created a multi-discipline performance entitled, HumanMe.

YV HumanMe rehearsal

The production featured three different elements; a short video documentary, a ‘Syrian lounge’ and a performance by a cast of 9 young people from our neighbourhood, directed by Diyan Zora and Fiona Sowole.

YV HumanMe rehearsal

The cast of 9 devised short scenes exploring new and different relationships forged between strangers as a result of the crisis. Many of the stories which featured were influenced from one of the participant’s own experiences living in Calais. The group focused on sharing stories from individual refugee’s perspectives in an attempt to humanise the crisis and the positive relationships that can form in difficult circumstances.

YV HumanMe rehearsal

The video documentary the Associates created featured two interviews with a 16 year old Syrian refugee who discussed his journey and his family who are now spread across Europe and Andrew Connolly, a journalist who helped contextualise the crisis and the issues and hardships refugees are facing day to day.

YA HumanMe - Syrian Lounge

The ground floor of the community art space Platform in Southwark was transformed into a Syrian styled lounge. The audience were invited to enjoy the space after the performance and to encourage them to talk about what they had watched over some Syrian food and music.

When asked why the refugee crisis was chosen one of the Young Associates, Fiona explained, ‘We wanted to do something that we cared about and something that was important to us. When we heard about the Good Chance Theatre closing down we knew that we wanted to express how important this crisis was to us. We care about what is going on and wanted that to show in our work.’

HumanMe was created by our four current Young Associates. Our associates are young people from Southwark who are learning the ropes for a year in different Young Vic departments, arming them with transferable skills for future employment. Our Young Associates are:

Kate Clement Production
Teniola Osholoye Finance and Fundraising
Fiona Sowole Taking Part and Directors Program
Helen Spincemaille Press & Marketing

Our Young Vic Young Associates take a trip to Sweden

Daniel Harrison, the Young Vic’s Taking Part and Administration Assistant tells us about the Young Associates’ trip to Sweden. 

At the Young Vic we have four Young Associates on our team; Rassin in Press & Marketing, Nassy in Producing, Scarlet in Production and Adrian in Taking Part. These four young people were recruited from our surrounding borough of Southwark, and are cutting their teeth and learning the ropes here on The Cut at “the best theatre in London”. Rassin, Nassy, Scarlet and Adrian may have long careers in the arts ahead of them but most importantly, our aim is to arm them with transferable skills for whatever the future may hold.

The Young Vic Young Associates scheme is generously funded by Southwark Council, Berkeley Homes, The Creative Employment Programme and Karl-Johan Persson, the CEO and President of fashion company H&M – we are all immensely grateful for their involvement in the scheme. One of the funders, Karl-Johan Persson, kindly invited us to H&M’s headquarters in Stockholm to meet him, so Rassin, Nassy, Adrian, Sharon (our Participation Projects Manager) and I set off to Sweden to say thank you, personally.

In Stockholm we were met by Beatrice Bondy, a member of the Young Vic’s Development Board, friend of Karl-Johan, and sister of Young Vic International Associate Luc Bondy, who showed us the sights and sounds of the city. We tucked into a traditional fish supper, took a boat to an island and wandered about the streets of Stockholm in glorious Swedish sunshine. Huge thanks to Beatrice for her excellent hospitality.

 

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The Young Vic team with Karl-Johan Persson

Sandwiched between our meeting with Karl-Johan we visited arts venues which share the Young Vic’s ethos of inclusion and outreach. Fryshuset is the world’s largest youth centre, offering arts and sports projects for young people, ranging from preventative initiatives for those at risk of social exclusion, basketball tournaments and skateboard parks to music concerts and theatre performances. It was inspiring to see so much incredible work and this reenergised us in terms of understanding just why we do the work we do at the Young Vic.

Uppsala Theatre, in Sweden’s fourth city, is an old friend of ours. They came to visit the Young Vic last December. It was great to reconnect with our colleagues in Uppsala, and see first-hand the community and education projects that they run.

Our time in Stockholm and Uppsala was brief but great. Two brilliant cities with five brilliant colleagues, visiting three brilliant venues and with one brilliant host. All in all, brilliant – or in Swedish, lysande!

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The Young Vic team in Sweden

To find out more about Taking Part, visit www.youngvic.org/taking-part