Love is Underground

Love is Underground

A play devised by Young refugees and volunteers in partnership with YMCA Cambridge

Acting now has been running a drama group for Young refugees at YMCA Cambridge. We have been working together for 3 months using physical theatre techniques, drama games and exercises to empower a group of young refugees from different countries.

Together we devised a provocative theatre play based on the participant´s experiences and stories. “Love is underground” is a powerful play, showing different life struggles, challenges and joy. This piece takes on a journey through warn torn countries, feeling trapped, travelling, songs, hope, love and reaching our dreams We presented the final performance last week during Acting now´s Christmas gathering.

All the Acting Now team, students, members from the different community theatre groups and other guests enjoyed the performance and gave really positive feedback. The young people who were part of the group felt really proud of their achievement and wish to continue doing further projects together.

Keep Holding my Hand

Keep Holding my Hand

6-7 April 2017, Corpus Playroom Theatre, Cambridge.  

On Tour around Care Homes in Cambridgeshire during 2017-2018

Theatre shows often portray issues such as mental health challenges. But our play ‘Keep Holding my Hand’, premiered last week in Cambridge, has gone further by bringing in local people who have suffered with difficulties and portraying their stories realistically.

We were lucky enough to perform ‘Keep Holding My Hand’ in ADC Corpus Playroom theatre.  Given the amazing feedback from the audience and the repercussion of the play, now it seems quite common sense to show the piece from a “proper” stage with lighting and theatre facilities. But the truth is that is not easy to find an organisation ready to give an opportunity to an integrated theatre company like us. And this is why we are incredibly thankful to ADC theatre for trusting us and giving voice to whom often do not have one.

From both nights we had an audience of 70 people who left us amazing feedback such the one from Valerie:

This kind of theatre gives the actors a unique opportunity to be witnessed in their transformations. I feel it helps them acknowledge how far they have travelled, to be able to perform their stories in front of an audience, to be seen rather than to hide. To be part of, rather than excluded. It certainly helps them find confidence. Thank you for making such journeys possible!

Here is the video that That's Cambridge TV produced after attending the performance on the night of the premiere: 

 

 

A poster for the community theatre project made by people with mental health challenges showing a drawing of a face with red

You Are Not Going To Stop Me

An old church building with performers wearing black and the audience looking on captivated sitting in red chairs
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A poster for the community theatre project made by people with mental health challenges showing a drawing of a face with red
An old church building with performers wearing black and the audience looking on captivated sitting in red chairs
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YOU ARE NOT GOING TO STOP ME

“You Are not Going to Stop me” is an original play devised by people with mental health challenges in partnership with the charity Make, Do and Mend which makes us face the uncertainty of living without hope, and experience the beauty of loving without being judged.

During the process of 50+ sessions, participants dared to exceed their creative limits and understand the issues they wanted to talk about. They were active creators of their own theatre play, coming up with ideas, writing the script and finally performing it.

 

Performance details

Venue: Methodist Church (Cambridge, UK)

Dates: 8 March 2016, 6 pm

A poster showing hand-drawn illustrations to promote a theatre performance made by people with learning disabilities

The Princess Castaway and Other Time Machine Stories

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A poster showing hand-drawn illustrations to promote a theatre performance made by people with learning disabilities
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A poster showing hand-drawn illustrations to promote a theatre performance made by people with learning disabilities
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THE PRINCESS CASTAWAY AND OTHER TIME MACHINE STORIES

“The Princesses Castaway and Other Time Machine Stories” is an inclusive theatre performance made by creative people with learning disabilities who take part in Acting Now´s drama group at  Rowan. With weekly sessions since 2015, the workshops aims to help people with learning disabilities to discover their talents, learn new skills and gain confidence.

For this project, the participants worked from a handful of tales and ideas that they individually suggested. As part of the creative process, the group selected and connected the stories into an individual piece, applying a physical theatre narrative to shape the final play.

The performance challenges audiences with issues such as the pressure of ageing and the inner power human beings have to change their lives when they feel trapped.

This was the first piece devised by the group, which was performed during Chesterton Community Festival in 2016.

Performance details

Venue: St Andrew´s Church (Cambridge, UK)

Dates: 18 June 2016, 4:15 pm