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Examples of previous outreach projects:

SUSPENDED IN A SUNBEAM

Following the success of previous film projects; Smashed (Alcohol awareness) and Error 404 (Internet Safety). I was asked by Eastleigh Borough Council’s Community Safety Team to develop a product to help raise awareness in schools of Child Sexual Exploitation. This project involved research of the topic, writing an original screenplay, producing and directing the film, working with external partners (Hampshire Constabulary, social services and charities) to develop an accompanying educational resource pack, and planning and managing the distribution of the final product. 

THE LEGEND OF SIR BEVIS

This project involved commissioning a new play of the medieval tale of Sir Bevis of Hampton. The production was split into 4 sections, each were rehearsed and performed by 4 different primary school classes coming together for one epic production on a professional stage. The project started with providing training for teachers in staging, directing and puppetry to enable them to direct each section of the production, we also supported the teachers with lighting sound and costumes to help enhance the production and give them ideas how to use these techniques in future drama projects. 

EASTLEIGH FILM FESTIVAL (2014 - 2017)

Curating an annual week-long programme of film screenings in site-specific locations across Eastleigh Borough. This involved liaising with businesses and organisations to secure and facilitate the screenings, programming and licensing all films for each location, organising and directing theatrical wraparound elements for each event as well as managing all health and safety and budgetary requirements.

 

Festival Screenings included:

Airplane in Southampton Airport, Blair Witch Project in the Woods at Itchen Valley Country Park, Die Hard 2 in an Aircraft Hanger at Southampton Airport, Toy Story in a The Entertainer Toy Shop, Sister Act in a Church, Dawn of the Dead in the Swan Shopping Centre, Hot Fuzz in Eastleigh Police Station

THE IMAGINARIUM

The project started with a series of creative writing workshops with 90 primary school students from 4 schools, who learned how to write a play from scratch using only their imagination. These plays were collated into an anthology that was printed for all the schools to have. A selection of these short plays from each of the schools was then produced and rehearsed by a professional cast and creative team.  Rehearsals took place in the schools so pupils could come and watch the production process. The final performance was held at The Berry Theatre for students and parents, giving the young writer’s the chance to see their plays brought to life in a professional venue. 

SHAKESPEARIENCE

Working with pupils from up to 10 schools to produce a 40-minute version of a Shakespeare play. The project involved engaging with local A-level students to produce a 5-minute version of a Shakespeare play, which was toured and performed to Year 9 students from each participating school.  Two to four students from each school then attended weekly rehearsals over an 8 week period to produce a 45-minute version of a Shakespeare play that was presented as part of The Berry Theatre’s professional programme, including a post-show discussion with the pupils involved. The A-level students acted as mentors for the Year 9 students during the rehearsals. Alongside this, schools received workshops which Year 9 students took part in to use theatrical techniques to help better understand the text.

STORY SHUFFLE

A year-long programme working with 10 libraries and 10 primary schools across multiple projects, linking with the curriculum and with the aim of encouraging children to engage with their local libraries. Activities included commissioning an original story to provide a linking thread for the various projects; co-delivering a series of creative writing workshops using drama to enhance Key Stage 2 English curriculum requirements; managing the development of a mobile app to hold pupil’s creative responses to the story; provision of training for librarians and primary teachers; producing and directing the professional tour of a specially commissioned play to all libraries; delivery of Arts Awards for over 500 primary school pupils; and finally evaluating and monitoring the budgets and outcomes of the programme.

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