Bertarelli Creative Minds Festival Diary: Friday 5th July
Grace Cooper introduces the evening
Birches Head High School
Birches Head High School’s “Bouncing From A Boombox” are a collective of students, staff and parents from Birches Head High School and the local community. Members of the group have vastly differing levels of musical experience, encompassing those who are well-accustomed to performing in public to those who have never set foot on stage before. We are influenced by a wide spectrum of musical genres including R n B, Hip Hop, Grime, MCing, Pop and Emotive Ballads. We are aiming to perform 3 songs which will showcase the different tastes of the collective, incorporating vocal and instrumental performance. Our original material draws on each member’s personal experiences and musical talents, and creating it has provided us with a daunting but exciting challenge!
Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College
Jude’s Young Drama Group
Fresh from their victory in this Springs Newcastle-under-Lyme Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, Jude’s Young Drama Group are very excited to be back at this years Creative Minds Festival.
This Community Youth Theatre present their take on the inspirational tale of Lidice, a small village in Czechoslovakia which was rebuilt with the help of Stoke Residents following it’s devastation during WWII.
Based in Cross Heath, Jude’s Young Drama Group has been facilitated by Jude Theatre Company for over 5 years and provides professional tuition for local young people aged 7-14. Held every Tuesday evening, the group uses fun drama exercises and performances to teach theatre skills as well as transferable life skills and boosting confidence.
St. Mary’s Primary School (Mucklestone)
Read All About It, St Mary’s CE (A), Primary , Mucklestone debut performance, is about the news stories that should have been printed. Coming from a small place that rarely makes the news the dancers felt they had a story to tell and this was their opportunity to tell it!
The children from St Mary’s have all written headlines and news stories about things that have happened in their local area. The piece begins with a ‘STOMP’ influenced sequence followed by contemporary movement that has been inspired by the dancers own headline ideas. The dancers have been involved in the choreography and have really enjoyed creating movement that tells their own news stories.
The group are the pupils from year 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 at St Mary’s C.E Primary School, Muckleston, a beautiful hamlet, 4 miles from Market Drayton. 23 children are taking part from the 39 in the whole school. We have 2 classes, 2 teachers and a head teacher.
What do we do – well we learn in as creative a way as possible using our school grounds, working with visitors in school and going on visits. We have specialist teachers for music and french and have our own Forest school. We all work together and are great friends.
This is our second experience of The Creative Minds Festival, last year we produced a visual arts piece using the technique of cut paper. We are excited to be taking part again especially the opportunity to perform on stage.
Dance was identified as an area of the curriculum where the children needed more experience and we are delighted to be working with Briony Martin-Foster, a contemporary dance practitioner. For the majority of the performers this will be their first experience of contemporary dance and performing to an audience.
Elite is a ‘User Led’ organisation whose aim is to promote Independent Living and Social Inclusion within the community, for all disabled and non disabled people and their carers throughout Staffordshire. Our vision is of an inclusive society in which disabled people are fully integrated by leading full and independent lives.
To this end Elite holds a range of classes and activities throughout the Newcastle and Moorlands areas, which will help to equip people to become more self-sufficient; from Gardening, Cookery, Drama, Dance and more.
Our Monday Drama group get together between 1pm and 3pm each week where they learn ways to improve communication skills, self-confidence and team work. We have great fun during these sessions which include drama games, music and dance and improvisation skits.
We hope you find our performance within Creative Minds Festival both enjoyable as well as insight to living with a disability.
Arch Young People’s Services
Arch Young People’s Services is comprised of: Stepping Up Youth Support Network; a programme for care leavers which aims to assist them in developing skills which are essential to make the transition to independent living a positive and successful experience. The Stepping Up Youth Support Network is supported by a team of volunteer mentors.
Independnece1st offers a tenancy training as well as resettlement support helping young homeless people to access suitable accommodation.
In Supported Lodgings young people are placed within a host home; receiving emotional and practical support in a safe and nurturing environment to work towards having their own accommodation.
Wise-up! supports vulnerable young people who are drinking dangerously or excessively.
Our group is made up of some of the customers of Young People’s Services at Arch North Staffs.
New Vic: Borderlines
The New Vic Theatre’s Young People’s Theatre Company (YPTC), is a group of young people coming together to make theatre happen! Made up of participants from projects gone by, the YPTC is made up of talented young people with a keen interest in the creative industries. Meeting once a week the group’s previous experiences include taking part in the ‘Without Frontiers Festival’ in Poland.
YPTC have worked tirelessly with director Matthew Bowden, delving deep into the key issue of injustice that runs through David Vazdauskas script, A Proper Defence. The group have explored the emotional impact of injustice on each of their characters, and developed sophisticated techniques for analysing and performing complex characters.
The group of students from Stoke-on-Trent College who will be participating in the festival are all studying within the Media and performing arts area. They are First Year students on a two year extended Diploma course in Art and Design, Interactive Media and Photography.
The age of the students range from 16 – 19 and all live locally within the Stoke-on-Trent area. The interest of the students are varied with some specialising in illustration, 3D, mixed media, web design and photography. The students are currently working on their end of year show which will showcase the best of their work.