Everyday Heroes Project: Ashton
Over the summer 2014 Pip ran a week-long summer school at New Charter Academy Community School in Ashton. The summer school was aimed at young people aged from eight to sixteen. Within the week the participants took part in various workshops exploring different art forms, such as improvisation, storytelling,drumming and movement. The main focus of the summer school was to create a piece to feed into a bigger performance event being run by Chol theatre in collaboration with New Charter Homes and the Royal Exchange Theatre who had previously been working together to provide opportunities within the community of Ashton Under Lyne. The community performance was a celebration of a three-year project coming to anend. My main role within the project was to collect ideas from the young people of Ashton about how they fell within their community. This was then scripted and developed as the finale of the overall performance Everyday Heroes. Chol worked closely with a guest director and writer to come up with the innovative,community performance presented outdoors in the heart of Ashton’s Broadoak estate. As well as running the summer school, Pip ran two extra rehearsals close to the performance date in which the young people’s performance came together using all the skills learnt in the summer school.