Theatre project ends with performance in Forest Garden

Theatre project ends with performance in Forest Garden

We completed a series of sessions  led by Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, of Brighton based theatre company, Periplum, exploring ways of animating outdoor space, using narrative from researched material about the lives of people during the First World War in Wimborne.

After experimenting in several town centre locations, we prepared a small scale experimental ’sharing’ of work-in-progress in a wild Forest Garden in the town centre for a small invited audience on July 19.

Also performing were students from Allenbourn School, who worked with Tony Horitz, to devise a scene about ways children were encouraged to join the war effort.

For dates and venues of workshops, click here. 



Exploring place and story

Exploring place and story

Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, of Periplum, have led three sessions exploring the indoor spaces of Church House,  locations around the Minster and the Priest’s House Musem garden, bringing to life research material collected by WCT.

Tony Horitz, writes:
It’s rare for me to have the opportunity to play and devise with a group, rather than having the responsibility to plan and facilitate activities overall. As in the first session, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was great to see how quickly strong images relating to the subject matter of the Great War came into focus.

I think a real strength of Periplum’s approach is how they guide participants through structured games and exercises into work that has the potential for performance and is fully grounded in the preliminary activities. They provide you with the tools, show you how best to use them and then leave you to shape the work yourself. This is both empowering and accessible for experienced participants as well as people new to this kind of approach.

Information about our new Theatre Project

Information about our new Theatre Project

Wimborne Community Theatre has been awarded £5000 from the BBC’s Community Theatre scheme, to work with Periplum, a theatre company producing ground-breaking site-responsive and outdoor performance.

Artistic Directors, Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, will lead a series of workshops, leading towards the development of a town centre based theatre production reflecting research about the lives of local people during the period of the First World War.

March 8 Creation Techniques for animating streets, green spaces, & historic buildings 
April 5 Site Specific Devising from Narrative & research material
May 10 Creating Trails from a chosen Overall Narrative
June 28 Devising Performance Trail / Site Animations
July 5 Outdoor exploration animating public space
July 19 Outdoor exploration animating public space

Sessions: 10 – 4pm:                                           Venue:  Sessions 1 & 2: Church House, Wimborne, BH21 1HT;   Saturdays: May 10 at the Methodist Hall, Wimborne BH21 1DY, June 28 and July 5 at Church House, Wimbore BH21 1HT, July19 – venue to be confirmed.

Further sessions led by WCT Artistic Director, Tony Horitz, will take place on Wednesday evenings: 7.30 – 9.30 pm,  April 23, May 21, June 25, July 9 and 16 at Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne (entry round the back by Wimborne Library)

Who is the project for?    We welcome artists, musicians and performers nterested in exploring ways of making theatre in unusual settings: including visual artists and musicians.  New and experienced performers welcome, anyone over 12 years

Cost:  For all sessions, to include one-year WCT membership: £35 (£20 – concessions: young people; over 60 yrs); Single sessions: £10 each (£8 – concessions:)

To book a place (pre-booking essential; book early as places limited) Email:   Phone: 01202 882740

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