Doorstep Arts delivers a number of funded participatory arts projects, often in collaboration with other partners. Below is an archival selection of our past projects.
The Woods was an enormous experiment – teaming Sondheim’s beloved score Into the Woods for act one with a wholly original second half, an original musical second act composed entirely by the young participants. With a company of 78 performers, aged from 4 to 25, it was an epic feat, realised over 6 months of collaborative writing and devising, with the final production staged at the Palace Theatre in Paignton.
Throughout the summer of 2017, Doorstep Arts co-developed a Torbay project funded by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Awards for All. Making Bridges with Music was an innovative pilot which brought early years children and childminders into residential care homes for older people. Supported by artists, the participants made music together.
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark hosted the 7th international conference on Global Geoparks in September 2016. The Opening Ceremony was a lavish and spectacular GeoOpera, which brought together exceptional creative talent with emerging artists and communities, to present a unique piece of theatrical opera before an international audience, inspired by the English Riviera Geopark. Artistic Director Mark Laville, in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Doorstep Arts and the GeoCollective, engaged community composers and performers of all ages through workshops and rehearsals, including local schools.
In April 2015, Doorstep Arts were awarded a grant from Arts Council England to deliver a new project in Torbay, working with 7 participatory groups at our key doorstep sites. This work was called The Resilience Web. Through participatory devised theatre, we spent November 2015 working with 630 young people at five schools across Torbay to explore what helps them to feel strong, how they bounce back from challenges, how they keep a centre of gravity and how to speak back (and speak up!) against the systems that can cause some of those challenges and injustices.
Grit was an original musical, inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s book A Wrinkle in Time and 4 other source materials. The story followed a young woman as she tried to rescue a missing father, save her brother, and find her own destiny. It was devised and written by a company of 20 young people, aged 14-20, who worked with professional artists from July-November 2015.
Grit was funded by the Arts Council England. It was part of a larger Torbay-wide project called The Resilience Web, led and was a case study of best practice in Theatre-in-Education at the national Inspiring Curiosity Conference at Belgrade Theatre on 22 October 2015.
In October, Grit toured to 2 Torbay-area schools for student audiences as well as performing 3 public shows in November as part of the Doorstep Theatre Festival. In November, Doorstep Lead Artists Meghan Searle and Jade Campbell delivered 10 additional drama workshops at 5 target schools across Torbay, working with students in years 6 & 7 to support resilience through times of transition.