Imagine If Theatre: #MakeThatChange
#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 https://imagineiftheatre.co.uk/ @imagine_if_co or www.facebook.com/imagineiftheatrecompany/ Thanks to Imagine If’s Artistic Director Chesca Joy.