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Tuesday
Jun172014

The end of the Oracle

Our two Oracle Projects come to an end this week, with sharings to friends, parents and teachers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Oracle Project began in 2009 and is an annual project working with more than 60 young people from more than 10 local primary schools and two key partner secondary schools - Islington Arts and Media School and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Language College for Girls.  

The two projects, both led by ICT associate director Emma Higham, have been exploring the idea of a giant egg that crash lands in a school playground - who is in it, and why won't they come out? 

Over the course of 20 weeks the participants have been learning key theatre, team-work and communication skills and - crucially - have become used to regularly attending a secondary school for the first time.

We'll be posting pictures from both sharings here soon.

Tuesday
Jun172014

Self assembly

 

Corey and Ilana, two of our Young Associates, showcased their final projects yesterday evening at Platform.  The two were joined by Jen Fidai, another YA, who had completed her workshop based project earlier in the week.

Ilana's piece My First Vote explored her relationship with politics on the eve of the first time she could vote.  Corey's piece, Hold His Heart, looked at the meaning of bravery and self.

Both scratch plays were warmly received by an audience of more than 50 friends, industry colleagues and ICT members.

Friday
Jun132014

Young Associate Shows

Our Young Associates are coming to the end of their year-long programme of personal and artistic development with us.  Part of their programme has been the creation of their own performances and projects.

Earlier this week, Jen Fidai (above) produced an open workshop for her schools based project Pink and Blue, exploring gender identity and stereotypes.  

Pink and Blue by Jen Fidai
Sex is what’s between your legs. Gender is what’s in your head. Gender expression is how you present yourself. But what decides your gender and… what does your gender decide? Join Minecraft friends Daisy and Harvey as they get to grips with their gender and are faced with the all too common dilemma of expectation versus choice.

 

On Monday, Ilana Jacobi and Corey Peterson will present scratch performances of two new pieces they have been working on:

 

My First Vote by Ilana Yacobi
Do you know your flipper-flopper from your Hustings? Does the British political system fill you with bufuddlement and apathy? Who are politicians and what really is politics? Follow Ilanas journey to unfiddle the tangled headphones of the UK political scene and make sense of voting for the first time. An autobiographical piece that dunks more than a toe into a cold sea of political matter. 
 
Hold his heart by Corey Peterson 
Let a set of completely different people introduce themselves to you, let you know where they came from and show you who comes along when they stick together. Hold His Heart is an experimental play exploring what it means to be brave in any way possible; it attempts to make magic out of the truth and it delves into the sides and story of a person yet unseen. Beware: someone will lay their heart bare and you may be required to step into it.
 
The two shows take place at Platform on Monday 16 June at 8pm - tickets are free.