The Jenny Lind Creative Community Arts Project is taking place during 2017/19 in the Jenny Lind area of NR2, Norwich.
This project aims to engage and inspire local people of all ages through creative arts to promote social cohesion and pride in the space we live, in the area known as the Jenny Lind district, within Town Close, NR2, Norwich.
Based upon the principles of asset based community development, we will develop a range of creative ideas and services in collaboration with local residents culminating in an outdoor theatre production, through one residential block of flats, Suffolk Square, in April/May 2018.
Open to all, all venues are accessible - all workshops are Free; funded by Slow Theatre Company and Awards For All. Supported by Norwich City Council and Bignold Primary School.
May 2018 - July 2019
We will grow on phase one, build on relationships within the community to improve and enhance the quality of local community life , deepen positive associations and work on long term, sustainable opportunities through the arts for all local people, even the most disenfranchised. Culminating in a larger theatrical and visual arts project, throughout the Jenny Lind area during April/May 2019.
Follow the facebook page: Jenny Lind Arts Project to sign up, find venues and get the latest updates.
You can get involved by joining one of the below:
A free Bignold primary school after-school creative arts club will focus on writing and acting - every Friday 3.15 - 4.30pm
With local published writer Molly Naylor and Slow Theatre Theatre Professionals
For school pupils.
Molly Naylor is a scriptwriter, poet and performer. She is co-director of True Stories Live, a live storytelling show and community storytelling project. She is the co-writer and creator of Sky One sitcom After Hours
Masterclasses in writing ALL FREE:
Poetry with Patrick Widdess
Jan 14th - 2.30 - 4.30pm at the People’s Palace Cafe, 26 Suffolk Square, Norwich NR2 2AA
Jan 18th - 7pm - 9pm Poetry Venue tbc
Patrick’s poetry and prose has appeared in Agenda, Cake, The Interpreter’s House, The Guardian and Orbis among other publications. He has also written reviews and features for Clash Music, Drunken Werewolf, Local Secrets and others, and has written for the BBC.
Writing for performance with playwright Danusia Iwasko
Jan 21st - 2.30 - 4.30pm at the People’s Palace Cafe, 26 Suffolk Square, Norwich NR2 2AA
Danusia is an Artistic Associate at The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds where she is working in the community with Age UK, the YMCA and at the Refuge leading drama and writing workshops.
Telling a great story with Steve Keyworth
Feb 8th - 7pm - 9pm Venue tbc
Feb 21st - 11 - 12.30pm Part of Cottage Creations
Stephen trained on the BBC Drama Writers Academy under John Yorke, and has written for EastEnders, Casualty and Doctors, as well as several plays and adaptations for Radio 4. In 2011 he won Shine Pictures' Big Idea feature film prize, and he did rewrites on Breaking The Bank starring Kelsey Grammer. Theatre includes Mad For It (nominated for Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards) at Manchester’s Royal Exchange and Dog Well Done (winner of Amnesty International Theatre Award).
Saturday February 10th 2018
Bignold Primary School Canteen - 3 - 6pm
44 Union St, Norwich NR2 2SL
Come along to our informal gathering to register your interest in performing in the spring show - to be performed throughout the Suffolk Square are April/May 2018.
Want to get involved backstage?
If you have a creative passion you want to be part of the project, let us know.
Volunteers welcome to help back stage and support the workshops. This is a great way of getting work experience. Email us.
Coming in 2018:
Visual art workshops
Artist Tusbi Du
A creative maker of puppets, theatrical sets and props, costumes & large scale stilt characters for more than 25 years. Puppeteer, designer, props maker, percussionist, acrobatic performer, ASM and workshop coordinator with Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Perth, Adelaide Arts, Fringe, Cabaret and Oz Asia Festival's.
In 2010 Tsubi migrated to the UK where she has been employed by Walk the Plank as a parade designer and Flying Colours Entertainment as a costume manager. She has also been the lead artist on the Exeter 5 Nations Parade for the Rugby World Cup and works as a freelance costume designer from her Norwich studio.
Photos from Slow Theatre's last community theatre project in Bowthorpe, 2016.
What has stayed with participants from the St Walstan Community Creative Arts Project in 2016?
"A sense of wonder and joy in the way it all came together. In the risk-taking that enabled everyone involved to contribute in each person's unique way, and therefore being willing to let it take shape over time without panicking! A sense that God was guiding. A sense that St. Walstan was being justly celebrated on land that he must have been familiar with."
The best use of Saint Michael and All Angels Ruin for the last 150 years (since the Ruin was de-roofed in 1792). Danny's perseverance and inspiring leadership.
Sally Simpson Workshop assistant. Contributor to the script, and helped with hosting rehearsals and performances.
The satisfaction of knowing that something I created, when combined with the work of others, resulted in a community project that was truly memorable.
Tony Vale (Community Liaison Consultant). A member of the Writing Team.
I learned a lot about how to perform outside, in sometimes rubbish weather, and made good friends
Tom, age 13
I very much enjoyed performing in this beautiful outdoor space in a piece about nature and faith, two things that are very important in my life.
Meeting some very talented people with an enviable social conscience, willing to give up their time and efforts for the benefit of others. The setting