Slow Theatre Company has provided expert classes in acting and stage techniques to children and young people since 2011.
In 2015 the company was registered as a company limited by guarantee to become a Social Enterprise. This move was to represent Slow's founder, Danny O'Hara, personal belief that social good can come from business; that this not-for-profit theatre company can offer excellent services whilst also providing opportunities for people and communities that face challenges.
Founded on an ethos of cooperation and team building, Slow Theatre combines laughter and fun with concentration and group work to help people develop in confidence and communication skills either in community projects, bespoke workshops or in our weekly classes. Slow Theatre teaches the techniques of stage craft and communication. We strive to be inclusive, tolerant and always treat people with respect.
We work with social purpose, initiating, and working with community projects for people both young and old. It is important for us that we feed our profits back into the local community, we are not-for-profit theatre company.
At Slow Theatre we plan to be mindful of what we are doing when we come together. Being mindful about whom we are as people and our environment allows us to take on roles fully, we learn to know when we are ourselves and when we are in character.
We work hard and believe it is fun to work hard & push boundaries whilst exploring a character or a play.
We believe it is important to do the best we can, to commit to the process and to take the time it takes to finish our work to ensure we do a thorough job.
Slow Theatre Company follows the ethos of the Slow Movement trying to take care of our journey as well as the final product.
At Slow Theatre Company the ethos will be about cooperation, team building, and developing confidence, developing skills and performing at a high level.
Laughter, fun, concentration, bravery and ensemble work will always be central to the way we work.
Members will be encouraged to voice their worries, thoughts and triumphs and take a central part in their own production.
Members will be encouraged to take risks, be helped to explore the world they live in whilst supported to produce a high standard of artistic work in a safe and comfortable environment.
Members will be welcome regardless of their:
My name is Danny O'Hara, I am passionate about the creative arts in the community. I have conducted theatre workshops with refugees fleeing violence from Kosovo; helped with health-care campaigns in Nicaragua and directed a group of adults with learning difficulties in Denmark, in Danish. Returning to Norfolk I set up the Worstead Entertainers and have directed several pantomimes including two charity challenges to put on a whole pantomime in 48 hours.
In 2010/11, I was employed at Wymondham High as the Youth Theatre Director where I worked with a cast of young people from Wymondham and Norwich on a play called Bassett by James Graham for the National Theatre Connections Festival. Since then the National Theatre's Connections Festival is a regular in our youth groups diary.I set up Slow Theatre in 2011 and have taught and directed children age 4 - 19 every year since.
I now perform exclusively with DogFace Improv in Norwich (www.dogfaceimprov.co.uk).
In the past I have performed street theatre at the Worstead Festival, Norwich Christmas Lights Switch On and Wymondham Steam Punk Festival. Whilst a member of the Theatre in the Mill Theatre in Bradford, I was part of a devised piece that performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2011, Slow Theatre produced a performance duo, Velvet Canteen which performed two devised shorts at The Birdcage pub in Norwich. In the summer 2012 I joined the Theatre Company The Greenwood Theatre Company in their outdoor Theatre in the Park. In 2012 I performed in The Disappearing, a spoken word piece using Helen Ivory's new poetry looking at domestic violence based on the fairy tales of Bluebeard, commissioned by Wymondham Literary Festival, this was nominated for the Ted Hughes Award for new work.
I have worked in production with community TV in Denmark, the US and BBC Voices in Norwich. I have filmed and edited three short educational films in Central America, India and Pakistan. In 2012 I filmed and edited a short film in celebration of Norwich Synchronised Swimming Club, for the London 2012 build up. I have filmed and edited countless news articles for local TV in Denmark.
As well as an artistic background, I have years of experience as a support person, working with people with alcohol and drugs addiction, mental health problems, homelessness and social anxiety. I am a Dementia Champion.
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art - Diploma (Level 5) Communication, Speech and Drama Education Grade Pass with Merit
LSE - MSc - Gender and the Media
UEA - Certificate in CBT
UEA - Certificate in Person Centered Counselling
Our wonderful volunteers:
John has been volunteering at the Saturday classes since 2015.
"I want to study to be a primary school teacher and was able to gain valuable experience working with children whilst being at Slow Theatre Company. I have also enjoyed being part of the tech team when we have shows and particularly like sound. I have trained in safeguarding with NCC."
Nathan has been our light technichian since 2015
"I really love being part of the tech team at a show and have enjoyed the experiences I have gained at Slow Theatre Company. As well as being light technician at the end of year shows I have gone on tour with Slow to The Garage and Sewell Barn Theatre in Norwich. This was really great fun. I am completing my GCSE's in 2017"
My name is Bjørk, I was a member of the youth group between 2015 and 2017.
I would recommend volunteering with Slow Theatre Company.
I am trained in safeguarding with NCC.
We offer DofE volunteer placements all year round.
Helen has over 20 years experience working with as a primary school teacher. Helen's special interests at Slow are early years learning, creative arts for children with ASD and safeguarding.
As well as being Artistic Director, Danny O'Hara is a Director of Slow. Danny is the Designated Safeguarding Officer for Slow with Core safeguarding training.
After Seven years at Slow Justin moved on to set up his own creative arts company is now working on his first feature film.
Hi my name is Justin. I have been working for Slow Theatre Company since 2012. Outside of Slow Theatre Company, I work all over the UK as a professional actor and my credits include work in TV, Theatre, Short Films and Advertisement. I trained for 4 years in Acting and Musical Theatre.
I first started out in acting from a younger age at The Secombe Theatre in Sutton, South London. My theatre credits include Our House, Guys and Dolls, King Lear, Macbeth, I was a good girl until, Monsters, Dreams of Anne Frank and Teechers.
I absolutely love my job at Slow Theatre Company. I love watching the young people learn new skills, grow in confidence and most importantly, have fun doing something that has been a passion and profession of mine for years.
For further information about me and my experience, feel free to visit my website – www.justineade.co.uk
Helen is a local Award winning writer.
Mark has many years behind him working in the private sector.
If you'd like more information about our classes or projects, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org