We've finished our summer project, a unique and ground-breaking experiment in the development of theatre with young people, supported by Hogan Lovells LLP and the Pleasance Theatre, where we were based for the main project week.
During the project, we brought together nearly fifty young people aged 11 to 22 with five directors and numerous other professionals, many of whom gave their time for free. Our aim was to generate and experiment with scores of new ideas for plays. Almost all of these came directly from our participants, harvested through 'open-space' discussion events, improvisation, exploration and experimental workshops.
Many of our visitors volunteered their time to come and work with us. In the last six days alone we worked with two playwrights, a set designer, a sound designer, a production manager, six directors, two stage managers, two architects, a cellist, a flautist, a bassist, a magician, four lawyers, a personality-tester, a video artist, a mum and a grandmother.
All have contributed to helping our young people think more deeply and widely about who they are and what the world is like.
We've gathered numerous ideas for future shows - from exposing the ethics of fried chicken to what the buildings we live in mean to us, via what it means to be heard and the Trayvon Martin murder case.
At the end of each day we've made a film about our progress and we'll have more feedback, photos and reaction online soon.
While the wonderful people from the Pleasance Theatre are away doing their thing in Edinburgh, we've taken over their London home. And we've been making some really big noises while we're here.
All our plays and productions are original: created through collaborations between young people and professional theatre-makers. And our commitment to that process starts right at the very beginning, at the stage of the creative process where ideas appear and inspiration strikes.
That's why we've come to the Pleasance for a week of experimentation, discussion and idea gathering. We've brought together 40 young people aged 11 - 22, a core team of directors and a hugely diverse range of visiting professionals: including designers and sound designers, graphic artists, architects, musicians, playwrights and film-makers. We've even been working with a magician.
Every day we're working on what we call 'explosions'. New ideas exploded, refined, explored and examined. That process is led by the young people and their ideas.
And all the while we're filming, recording, writing: capturing all the little ideas, the seeds, that we'll start growing into big productions in the year ahead.