NAYT Webinars: Challenging Old and New Normals and Voices From The Sector
These webinars took place on the 6th August 2021.
Challenging Old and New Normals
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the phrase ‘the new normal’ has become a standard way to describe the new circumstances. Meanwhile “when we return to normal” is a phrase used to talk about a worryingly uncertain future. In this webinar, artists share their thoughts for challenging traditional ways of thinking and offer insight into their own art, projects in making political, accessible and celebratory theatre and structures with, for, and by, young people.
Roxan's slides are available here.
Charlene Olaleye & Gemma Prangle, Strike A Light Theatre Company
Based in Gloucester, Strike A Light believe that the arts can change lives and that everyone, regardless of background and circumstance, should be given opportunities to watch, make and participate. They operate with a ‘seven ingredient recipe’, which consists of collaboration, community, investment in artists, amplifying underrepresented voices and sharing. They believe in empowering young people to create work that matters to them and their peers and inform and change the narrative. Representing Strike A Light are Charlene Olaleye, Youth Arts Producer and Gemma Prangle, Youth Theatre practitioner.
Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Talawa Theatre Company
One of the UK’s leading Black British Theatre Companies, Talawa champions Black Excellence in theatre and nurtures talent in emerging and established artists of African or Carribean heritage. Representing Talwa is Roxan Kamali-Sarvestani, Talwa’s Community Engagement Producer. For more than 15 years, Roxan has worked across the arts education field specialising in working with young people and those with additional needs. Roxan has previously worked as the Artistic Director and CEO of the East End Shed, an inclusive theatre company for young people. As a proud lifelong Croydon native, Roxan couldn’t be happier to be working in her own community and beyond with Talawa Theatre Company.
Irma Alimanovic Alihodžic, Sarajevo War Theatre
Sarajevski ratni teatar (Sarajevo War Theatre, SARTR), is a theater founded during 1992’s harrowing siege of Sarajevo. It is a testimony to the phenomenon of the spiritual and cultural resistance to fascism and aggression. SARTR not only preserves the memory of that period but even today strives to strongly affirm universal values: the richness of diversity, anti-fascism, the sanctity of peace, activism, internationalization, compassion for all those who suffer injustice around the world. From Sarajevo, Irma was a member of East West Theatre Company and Mostar Youth Theatre (eMTeeM). In 2014 she worked as a Coordinator of Fakat Drama Project-Youth Theater Workshops in cooperation with British Council and Sarajevo War Theatre.
Youth Theatre Now: Voices From The Sector