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 es una compañía de teatro aplicado que nace de un proyecto personal de Marina Pallarès-Elias en Cambridge (Reino Unido) en 2013 y opera a día de hoy en todo el mundo. Se caracteriza por un fuerte compromiso social y la manera rigurosa, creativa y colaborativa con la que trabaja temas de profundo alcance social como la inmigración, la soledad o la exclusión social.

En Acting Now creemos que el teatro es una poderosa herramienta para explorar problemáticas cotidianas, trabajar estereotipos e impulsar el cambio social de manera significativa y a través de la creatividad.
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).

I Deserve a Better Chance

I Deserve a Better Chance

Thu 12th and Sat 14th April 2018 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm 

Whatch the performance:

 

'I Deserve a Better Chance' pictures a mosaic of personal experiences where actors take us to a past moment of their lives when everything changed drastically. All stories are based in participants' true facts and have gone through a process of collective imagination and creation. With great honesty and courage, participants share their reflections about their own challenges and existence while they claim a better chance, all seen through the powerful lens of Physical Theatre language.

This work is the result of 6 months of weekly sessions where participants have been dreaming and growing together whilst creating a play collectively.

The group started in 2015 as a project aimed at people with and without mental health challenges in which devising a Physical Theatre play was both the ultimate goal and also the path for engaging with each other, developing skills and improving their self-esteem.

Making Changes created two other plays in the past and performed in different venues in Cambridge such as ADC Corpus Playroom, where they performed the heart-breaking "Keep Holding My Hand", in which actors portrayed their own stories around suffering mental health challenges realistically.

Join us for a powerful performance and contribute to the continuity of the drama group.

Through The Cloud I Can See You

Thu 15 March 2018, 6 pm @ The Cass Centre, Cambridge University Press CB2 8BS

Watch the performance:

Through the Cloud, I Can See You & The Dramatic Relationship are original plays devised by students from local charity Rowan and directed by Acting Now theatre practitioners Marina Pallares and Rose Clark. After six months of busy weekly sessions, both drama groups have created beautiful performances regarding the subjects of transformation, choices, growing, forgiveness and love.

Rowan is a local charity and arts centre that helps improving the lives of people with learning disabilities through the provision of services and meaningful activities that improve health and wellbeing, as well as break down issues of social exclusion. They run a number of art studios one of them being dedicated for their drama group which is where all the magic happens.

As a part of the Acting Now team, we have had the honour to witness this bunch of creative minds transforming their thoughts into a story that will change the way we see this world. One of these stars includes Emma Anderson whose recent short film The Sky is the Limit has been picked up by festivals around the world. She said in one of her interviews that “Your only limits are what you cannot imagine.” This quote describes perfectly the process we have been involved in making Through the Cloud, I Can See You. To show your support, pin the date down, join us, and you contribute to the continuity of the drama group.

ACTING NOW INCLUSIVE THEATRE PROJECTS:

En Acting Now creemos que el teatro es una poderosa herramienta para explorar problemáticas cotidianas, trabajar estereotipos e impulsar el cambio social de manera significativa y a través de la creatividad.

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.

What you don’t see

What you don´t see
February 22 nd 2018  7 pm @ CB2 CAFE
5/7, Norfolk St, CB1 2LD Cambridge 

 

We have been working in partnership with The Kite Trust for over 5 months developing QUACY (Queer Art Cambridge youth) a drama group for young LGBT+ people. Trough months of hard work, fun and discoveries we developed the group´s first production. 

“What you don´t see” a devised theatre play made from the young people’s own stories, dreams, fears and desires. This is a powerful and unique performance combining physical theatre language, poetry, music and dance. The young people have discovered how they can express themselves through their bodies and how theatre can help them raise their voices.

The QUACY young people are ready to share with the audience this provocative journey where feelings, thoughts and hopes are presented.

We will be performing at the Kite Trust’s 25 th anniversary event, and we’ll have a second show on February 22 nd at CB2 Cafe.
Come and join us!

What you don´t see
February 22 nd
7 pm @ CB2 CAFE
5/7, Norfolk St, CB1 2LD Cambridge