Live projects at the moment include:
Thanks to support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Doorstep is embarking on a 2-year Action Research project which will explore project-based learning as a means to alternate progression routes for children and young people.
In 2018-19, Doorstep Co-Director Jade Campbell and Associate Artist Becky Dobson worked at Brixham College over a year in a long term residency model to pilot an innovative new programme. The sessions supported Year 8 pupils in their PSHE courses, supporting the development of positive mental health, wellbeing, and awareness. The sessions use Boal and Forum Theatre drama techniques to rehearse tactics, coping strategies and communication skills linked to positive mental health cultivation.
This programme is now available for other schools, either as a 3 or a 6 week residency. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Theatre of The Mind Page to find out more. You can also read our blog post about why theatre of The Mind is needed after the pandemic here.
Did you know that we are a part of the Collaborative Touring Network?
CTN believes in the power and possibility of live performance. Established in 2013, we are a collective of 8 organisations based in Wigan, Gloucester, Hull, Torbay, Thanet, Peterborough, Medway and Wandsworth. We work with artists and communities to make and tour life-affirming, soul-shaking, perspective-changing shows. Find out more here.
Over the next year, the Collaborative Touring Network is looking to work with an artist, a group of artists or a company to make and tour a live show nationally, between September 2021 and September 2022. For more information and opportunities visit www.ctn.org.uk
Placing current extinction/climate protests into long-term heritage context, this Heritage Lottery Fund project is making historical patterns of protest and rebellion in South Devon and Torbay more visible.
An ensemble of young people aged 14-20 is exploring past protest/rebellion in Torbay, devising an original musical production. The creative process is starting with historians and heritage organisations contributing and sharing source material. Drawing on this research, young people are working with the Doorstep team and visiting professionals to devise an original musical performance. This will be shared via small-scale outdoor events in August, and a socially-distanced outdoor & indoor performance in November 2020.
Imagined Futures is a project that sets out to build a digital relationship between artists and young people from Doorstep Arts, specifically, Doorstep Youth Theatre in Torbay with Antyx Community Arts in Calgary. They are a company that uses the arts and community development processes to create opportunities for youth to become more engaged in their community and experience increased community connection.
The project involves myself, Jade Campbell from Doorstep, to travel to Calgary for 10 days and then 2 artists, Stephanie and Alia, from Antyx to travel to the UK and visit Torbay. This will involve CPD, skill shares, leading sessions with young people and observing artists from each respective company.
Imagined Futures was commissioned by New Conversations. New conversations is funded by British Council, the High Commission of Canada in the UK, and Farnham Maltings with support from Arts Council England.
For more info about Jade’s trip top Calgary, please see the following Blog posts:
Please listen to the podcast we made in Calgary where we explored our
practice and how we engage young people in important dialogue through