Wonder Fools' Positive Stories for Negative Times
Thursday 20 August 2020
Positive Stories for Negative Times
Wonder Fools are in the process of launching an exciting new national project for 8-25 year olds called Positive Stories for Negative Times. The project offers community groups, youth theatres, young people's performance companies, schools and colleges access to a selection of 5 specially commissioned rights-free plays by some of the UK's leading playwrights.
Phase Two: Plays and Performance (August 2020 – March 2021) involves offering organisations and groups a selection of rights-free plays to rehearse and perform, and a training that pack provides a 10-part framework of how to lead young people through the process of rehearsing and recording a play remotely from their own homes. The framework will be suitable for everyone from organisations experienced in working with plays to organisations who have never made theatre before and will be adaptable for each group’s particular needs. The pack will also contain guidance on how to deliver the project in total lockdown, blended learning or completely live in the space.
The playwrights involved in Positive Stories for Negative Times are:
The specifically commissioned plays will be between 15-30 minutes in length and explore mental health. We are looking to create a broad programme of work and the stories will reflect the world that young people live in today with each play targeted at a different age group between 8-25. The commissioned plays will compliment Wonder Fools’ wider programme and consist of stories that are politically urgent, stand up against oppression and share unheard voices.
Wonder Fools say “collaboration and forming new relationships is more important than ever before, and for arts in the UK to survive we must learn how to adapt and move forward digitally for the sake of the young people who so massively benefit from working with organisations like yours.”