We design and implement bespoke services for artists, working with them in rehearsals, providing an “outside eye”, supporting them to gain perspective of their own creative process and performances.
We also tailor educational workshops to suit schools and community groups using our academic and creative skills as dramaturgs’ to stimulate playful and dynamic activity around the chosen subject.
We specialise in devising theatre, drama and mental health and applied drama for autistic children. We are currently working on a large scale Arts and Humanities Research Council(AHRC ) funded project called Imagining Autism (www.imaginingautism.org) in conjunction with the University of Kent. Imagining Autism is a collaboration between the disciplines of drama and psychology that seeks to remediate the difficulties that autistic children have with communication, social interaction and imagination.
Gemma and Maryjane are Co-creative Directors of The Galloping Cuckoos theatre company and regularly perform and project manage outdoor and site specific theatre productions. (www.thegallopingcuckoos.com)
In 2011 we ran a series of workshops at Fulbourn hospital, a facility that provides mental health services in the Cambridge area. The workshop participants consisted of women and men from the complex cases unit, we worked with them to create a fictional community in which wellbeing, the social and physical environment and community characters/roles were explored through drama and improvisation. The workshops were part of ‘Plays the Thing: Creative Approaches to Wellbeing’ an EU funded project run by Escape Artists. For more information and photos see: http://web.me.com/c.chris.uk/Site/Plays_the_thing_workshop/Plays_the_thing_workshop.html
Wide Eyed Theatre: Red Threaders worked as dramaturgs’ for Wide Eyed Theatre who won the Marlowe Artists Development Award (MAD) 2011. The project was funded Canterbury City Council. The outdoor and interactive performance is called UP and was developed for various festivals around Kent for summer 2011. For further info see http://www.wide-eyed-theatre.co.uk/.
Threads and Yarns: Red Threaders were employed for as consultants and facilitators for Threads and Yarns, a joint project between Central St Martins and the Wellcome Trust, hosted by the V&A. The project involved weaving together various artistic elements with the reminiscences of elders from the Camden area about health and wellbeing since the inception of the NHS. Threads and Yarns was part of the Wellcome’s 75th anniversary celebrations. The final sound and visual art installation – combining local residents’ oral histories with the objects they crafted with CSM textile students during the project – was shown at a public engagement day at the V&A on Monday July 18th2011. http://wellcometrust.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/threads-and-yarns/
Public Attraction: Red Threaders have acted as artistic advisors for Nicky Bellenger’s company, Public Attraction, which is an associate artist at The Point in Eastleigh. Public Attraction’s latest piece is called The Bandstand Breakfast Tour and explores local young and old people’s connection to their urban environment – real, imaginary, historical and present. For further details see http://www.publicattraction.co.uk/
Mascalls School, Paddock Wood: Red Threaders have designed and Implemented bespoke workshops for pupils completing BTEC and A level drama programmes with a focus on devising and script work.
FAF Arts: Red Threaders provided dramaturgical support to FAF’s latest project This, That and T’other. The piece was been created from the real life stories of local older residents of Margate and is being developed as a walkabout act as well as a static performance with the possibility of a reminiscence workshop attached.