Imagine If Theatre: #MakeThatChange

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#MakeThatChange is a legacy to Imagine If’s latest production You Forgot the Mince which toured throughout 2016 and 2017 to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, twelve theatres and ten prisons across the UK reaching audiences of over 2000 people. #MakeThatChange is a youth arts project which has worked with young people aged 15-20 year old, dealing with social, housing, and educational issues. Offering a barrier-free introduction to the arts, #MakeThatChange has engaged with young people who have not had any other engagement with the arts. Looking into types of abuse and how they can be reflected in the arts, Imagine If provided workshops across multi disciplines.
After seven weeks of workshops in rap, spoken word, physical theatre, film and photography, these young people have created pieces that were showcased in a caring event at Carriageworks Theatre. The result was quite remarkable with the participants clearly reveling in the opportunity to work creatively on subjects that meant a great deal to them. The theatre production focused on bullying and in particular homophobia and the misunderstanding on LGBT issues. They did this through a variety of means, from naturalistic to physical theatre and made excellent use of the theatre space and acoustics. What also was clearly evident was just much confidence and self-assuredness the actors had gained.
For more information see @imagine_if_co or  Thanks to Imagine If’s Artistic Director Chesca Joy.

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About richjevons23

Rich Jevons is a freelance journalist based in Leeds. Just a quick intro: thirty years' journalistic experience (I was published in the Yorkshire Post at the tender age of fifteen!); a decade as Arts Editor at Leeds Guide; freelancer including work for Big Issue in the North, Metro Newspaper, Artscene, Northern Exposure, AN, AJ, BJP, Hotshoe International, National Drama, Plays International... And edited until its demise at the end of 2013. Now writing predominantly for,,, and

One response to “Imagine If Theatre: #MakeThatChange”

  1. Maria Cholewa says :

    An amazing production in such a short time with young people who dealt with issues to perform to their best! Much applauded and respect for the young people and production team! Let’s see more of this, working with young adults to mark an impact on their future!

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