Past Projects

An archival selection of our past projects:


Greenway Imagined

Greenway Imagined, a project led by Daisi, saw Doorstep Arts work in partnership with the National Trust property Greenway to enable participants to gain a sense of life at Greenway during the First World War and to make a creative response to it.

Our DAS Senior Group devised and performed in the film, From Pillar to Post after a term’s development process, led by Polly Ferguson and Meghan Searle. With costumes by Mair George and filmed by Phil Gurr.


The Woods

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.

Making Bridges with Music

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.


Earth Echoes GeoOpera

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.


Resilience Web

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.


In My Shoes

Thanks to support from Awards for All, Doorstep worked in collaboration with Torbay Young Carers in 2018/2019, to provide weekly drama sessions for a group of 12 young people from Torbay who have caring responsibilities.

These sessions gave the young people space to co-create a final performance ‘Opus’ which featured at the Spring Doorstep Theatre Festival.

The young people worked with professional theatre costume and set designer Fi Russel, film-maker Luke Jeffery and theatre specialists Becky Dobson (writer) and Jade Campbell (Producer/facilitator) Doorstep Arts Co-Dircetor. Here is a short video showing our process of creation:

We also Evaluated the project, here is our In My Shoes Evaluation and Reflection PDF.

You can read more about the co-creation and writing process in Becky Dobson’s Blog here.

If you have any questions or queries about the project, or you are interested in partnering with us to co-create a similar project, please email: