Just A Little Longer

Just A Little Longer

13th & 14th March at 7pm

Acting Now - 47-51 Norfolk Street Cambridge

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‘Just A Little Longer’ is an original play devised  by LGBT+ young people in Cambridge in collaboration with LGBT+ charity The Kite Trust and directed by Acting Now director Marina Pallares.

We’re not just one issue, we’re made up of multiple issues that overlap. If we work together, we can make change happen.

Through a collection of stories, join us as we learn how to keep strong as a community and to smile even when we cry. We’re done with waiting. It’s our moment, it’s our escape, it’s our hope. All we want is just a little longer.

Date and Time:

7pm, Wednesday 13th March 2019
7pm, Thursday 14th March 2019

Location:
Acting Now
47 – 51 Norfolk Street
Cambridge,
CB1 2LD

BOOKING REQUIRED (Free booking with donations on the day of the event) - Get your tickets through our Eventbrite page or emailing us at hello@actingnow.co.uk

Refreshments and drinks on sale from The Box Café before the event. 

The Kite Trust
The Kite Trust is Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people. For 25 years the charity has proudly promoted the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating the local community.

Acting Now
At Acting Now we believe theatre is a catalyst for social change and should be for anyone and everyone, not limited by gender, sexuality, physical ability, condition, language or background. Our projects use the language of theatre with disadvantaged groups of varying abilities to enable them to find their voices in a safe and encouraging environment. Throughout the workshops, we also build social and emotional skills, self-expression and self-esteem and address the stigma attached to certain conditions. The projects culminate in original theatre performances based on the stories that emerge from the group.

Monstruas (Monsters)

Monstruas (Monsters)

Date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 7.30 pm

PlaceBilborock - Muelle de la Merced 1, 48003 Bilbao (Spain)

 

‘Monstruas’ (Monsters) is a provocative piece devised with a group of lesbian and queer women to reflect about issues around gender, identity and diversity.

The dictionary tells us that a monster is a large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature. A thing of extraordinary or daunting size. Then, why are lesbian and queer women called monsters? Approaching the notion of the 'monstrous' from a critical perspective, this piece gives voice to powerful women who want to fight against lesbophobia and all discrimination.

Directed by Marina Pallares-Elias, this piece is the result of an intensive three-day project working with la Sare Lesbianista in Bilbao, as part of Bilbao’s International GayLesboTrans Film and Performing Arts Festival, Zinegoak.

About Zinegoak:

Bilbao’s International GayLesboTrans Film and Performing Arts Festival, Zinegoak, was conceived in 2004 as tool to raise awareness of queer culture through culture, films and the performing arts. This annual event has become a benchmark of LGBT festivals internationally. It is held in February in the city of Bilbao, and in a large number of Basque towns in March.

Learn more about Zinegoak

Side Roads

Side Roads - Documentary Performance

Tue 20th and 27th November; Sat 1st and 8th December 2018

A documentary Physical Theatre performance by Acting Now's group Drama Unlimited, in which participants with and without mental health challenges have devised "Side Roads", a play about different journeys we take: on the road, down memory lane and in our imagination. We explore the anxieties, fears, unexpected discoveries as well as the immense sense of freedom of travel. At its heart, this piece is about each participant, their life journey and the future hopes for this journey. This project is kindly supported by A14 Community Fund and Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

The creative process:

Theatre practitioner Judita Vivas has been directing the group’s weekly sessions since February 2018, training the participants and coordinating the collaborative process of devising “Side Roads”. During the first two months the group spent the sessions meeting each other and creating a safe space, while working on different levels of communication, creativity and physicality, skills we need to communicate in a Physical Theatre language.

Prior to the devising process, participants took part in a research project in which they interviewed different people about their life experiences and memories about being on the road. With a selection of stories from the interviews and those collected during the group sessions, we put together a collage of personal experiences that served us as raw material and inspiration for the creation of “Side Roads”.

The performances:
Tue 20th Nov 7pm - Judith E Wilson Drama Studio Faculty of English CB3 9DP
Tue 27th Nov 7pm - Judith E Wilson Drama Studio Faculty of English CB3 9DP
Sat 1st Dec 6pm - Huntingdon Medway centre Medway Road, Huntingdon PE29 1SF
Sat 8th Dec 6 pm - Burleigh Hill Community Centre 6pm Constable Rd, Saint Ives PE27 3EQ

About Acting Now:
Acting Now is a social theatre company based in Cambridge (UK). Our goal is to transform lives through theatre. We put social, political and civic causes at the forefront of our work and devise creative drama projects that breathe life into the important social challenges facing participants and audiences alike.

At Acting Now we believe theatre is a catalyst for social change and should be for anyone and everyone, not limited by physical ability, condition, language or background. Our projects use the language of theatre with disadvantaged groups of varying abilities to enable them to find their voices in a safe and encouraging environment.
Throughout the workshops, we also build social and emotional skills, self-expression and self-esteem and address the stigma attached to certain conditions. The projects culminate in original theatre performances based on the stories that emerge from the group. Volunteers and actors often join our groups as enablers and work alongside our participants, helping them to participate fully in the activities. To scale our impact, we work alongside community organisations, charities and local authorities to empower their service users to take action and transform their lives.

About the director:
Judita Vivas is a Lithuanian actress and physical theatre artist. She is a Physical Theatre Practitioner with Acting Now, Associate Artist of DUENDE, and Research Collaborator on Icarus Performance Project (Malta). She is also Founder and Co-Director of Foxtale Ensemble (international female theatre collective) as well as Double Trouble (female theatre-duo with Miriam Gould).

Polyphonic

Polyphonic at Cambridge Festival of Ideas

21st October 2018 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets

Acting Now and Polygon Arts, in association with the MEITS Research project, present an original, devised theatre performance about language and identity. This is a story of fitting in and falling out, speaking up and not being heard, finding one voice and losing another. If who we are is connected to the language we speak, who are we when we speak more than one?

The Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals Transforming Societies (MEITS) research project is a major interdisciplinary research project funded under the AHRC Open World Research Initiative. Through six interlocking research strands we investigate how the insights gained from stepping outside a single language, culture and mode of thought are vital to individuals and societies. For more information visit www.meits.org

Alongside the various research programmes, MEITS has commissioned a community theatre production to bring stories of everyday multilingual lives to a wider audience. Acting Now and Polygon Arts have been working with community groups and individuals drawn from a dozen linguistic backgrounds to explore how speaking more than one language affects their lives. Through workshop and rehearsal, we have devised an intimate and interactive portrayal of the many identities the participants perform at home, at work, with friends and with family.

Acting Now and Polygon Arts are both Cambridge-based theatre companies that work with a wide variety of community groups and organisations. We put social, political and civic causes at the forefront of our work and devise creative drama projects that breathe life into the important social challenges facing participants and audiences alike. Please visit www.actingnow.co.uk and www.polygonarts.org.uk for more information.