Since 2012, Electric Theatre Workshop has been at the forefront of a transformation of our Youth Arts ecology in Dumfries & Galloway. We work from a participant-led model that places the young person at the heart of its development, with a focus on high quality delivery that provides a meaningful experience for its participants. We have already seen a surge in Youth Arts participation and engagement throughout the region – the audience is out there and the community continues to engage at an unprecedented rate!
Our projects have created opportunities for thousands of young people to take part in the arts. Our projects are often delivered in conjunction with partners, including NHS D&G, LGBT D&G, D&G Council, Young Starts, Holywood Trust, Support in Mind, Creative Scotland, D&G’s regional Arts Hubs, Homecoming Scotland and Celebrate Fund.
The profiles below will give you just a taste of the work we do in Youth Arts. To find out more about working with us, contact us.
Wonderland is a youth led interactive issue-based learning experience aimed at meaningfully raising awareness on a range of issues affecting the lives of young people – drugs and alcohol, bullying, prejudice and discrimination. A giant game of consequences with the theme of Alice in Wonderland, the audience is taken through 8 themed zones: a visit to the Queen of Hearts’ Court teaches them about sexual health; turn the corner and they are at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party where they explore mental wellbeing and so the journey continues.
The concept and content of Wonderland and the workshops it contains were youth led with a core group of young people actively planning, organising and delivering the project.
Forty-seven groups of young people completed the whole experience at the Youthbeatz event – a relentless and adrenalin-filled task for the Wonderland team who delivered 47 back to back performances within a 5 hour. Some diehard fans waiting over 2 hours to enter Wonderland but this didn’t hamper their enthusiasm – “it was well worth the wait!”
Red, Red Rose
In the winter months of 2011 – we began what became our boldest adventure to create a brand new piece of theatre using performance technology. We worked with over 200 young people from Primary Schools and Community Groups throughout Dumfries to tell the story of young Calvin Harris who was running away from home, but didn’t know why. The performance was presented on four giant screens on the river bank to a massive crowd as a grand opening to the very first Big Burns Supper in 2012.
It featured a community cast of over 300 who had been working on the project for over 5 months. Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Fiona Hyslop described the show as one of the most moving pieces of theatre she had ever seen. Crowds laughed and cried as young Calvin embraced the characters from the past who each had their own take on why running away from home might not be the best idea for him.
We Can Be Heroes
Over 700 pupils from 14 primary schools across Dumfries & Galloway worked with Electric Theatre Workshop, We Can Be Heroes brought some of the region’s biggest heroes to life in the surreal cartoon world of a young boy’s imagination. Featuring an original music score by local musician, Roberts Shields (Finding Albert), the project incorporated theatre, music, dance, design and film in one epic stage show. Participants had the unique opportunity to work with 15 international artists from all disciplines – making costumes, singing, dancing and performing with professional actors and fellow young people from every corner of the region. And they even got to keep the costumes they made!
For more info and images of We Can Be Heroes, visit the show page.