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.

Periplum Workshops

Periplum Workshops

In Spring 2014,  Wimborne Community Theatre was awarded £5000 from the BBC’s Community Theatre scheme, to work with Periplum,  who performed Arkuiem in Wimborne in 2007, as part of the Inside Out Festival.

More about Periplum
Brighton-based Periplum is one of the UK’s foremost site-responsive & outdoor performance theatre companies. Besides producing ground-breaking performance they specialise in heritage, participatory & educational projects. Accolades & nominations for the company’s work include The Guardian Critics’ Choice and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe First.

Artistic Directors, Claire Raftery and Damian Wright, led 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

The series of six all-day Saturday workshops was followed by five evening sessions led by WCT Artistic Director, Tony Horitz, at Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne.

See a letter trail devised by Periplum which formed the basis of our work at the Creating Trails from a Chosen Overall Narrative workshop on May 10th.

Who was the project for?    Primarily we hoped to develop the skills of WCT members but we also welcomed artists, musicians and performers interested in exploring ways of making theatre in unusual settings, including visual artists and musicians.

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