We ran a set design session as part of IntoUniversity’s Holiday FOCUS programme: Creative Careers. 20 Secondary age students discovered creative jobs they didn’t know existed, and had a go at making their own puppets and sets with support and expertise form a member of Nottingham Playhouse Company Creative Team.
“I have heard glowing feedback from the staff involved, and reading through the student evaluation forms they seem to have really enjoyed themselves, grown in confidence in themselves and in their creative capacities and learned a lot too. The puppets seemed to be a particular highlight, as well as the chance to design their own costumes”. IntoUniversity Education Worker.
The In House project provided a series of workshops that gave local vulnerable and disadvantaged adults the opportunity to engage with the theatre and performing arts, often for the very first time. The project, which was supported by the generosity of the public; gave people the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of all aspects of the performing arts but also helped to build confidence and improve overall wellbeing.
At the end of the term, we shared what was created with an audience of family and friends. The performance was a huge step for some, putting participants a long way out of their comfort zone. But what was so fantastic about In House is that people overcame personal barriers and felt the excitement and pride of having done something they never thought they could.
We worked with people who had all sorts of things going on in their lives, from experience of homelessness, substance misuse, difficult family situations or mental health problems. No-one was obliged to talk about it, they could leave these issues at the door and focus on what we we’re doing. In House provided a social, supportive and creative space where people could feel comfortable and express themselves. In some cases this was the only experience of social interaction or just getting out of the house they had each week. For others it was the first step towards re-engaging with their community and other people within it – it can really be life changing.
We are delighted that In House will be returning – check back soon for more details.
Your support can make such a difference at Nottingham Playhouse. The Nottingham Playhouse 50:50 Appeal provides free tickets to local people for whom a trip to the theatre would not ordinarily be possible, helping to ensure that we remain accessible to as many different people as possible. It costs just £8 to provide one ticket. To find out more or donate please click here.
Working with the community
At Nottingham Playhouse we pride ourselves on our work in the community. If you have a project that you would like to work on with the Playhouse, please contact Diversity and Participation Officer Nathan Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org