Naomi got into character to deliver her Halloween workshop!
Manchester Settlement based at The New Roundhouse in Openshaw are running new programme of activities for children after school including drama, streetdance and arts and crafts. All The Skills have been hired to provide the drama workshops on this programme. .
This new programme of activities were promoted at a Halloween themed open days at the Roundhouse on the 30th October. There were taster workshops for all the different activities including “make a monster,” spooky facepanting and Naomi’s Halloween themed drama workshop.
As drama in all about getting into character and becoming somebody else Naomi delivered the workshop in full costume and Witch make up-causing only mild dismay in some of the younger children!
Naomi is currently leading these FREE drama workshops on Monday afternoons.
3.30pm to 4.30pm is Drama for those aged 5-8 years old
4.30pm to 5.30pm is Drama for 9-13 year olds
Hope to see you there!
There is a saying that “the sun shines on the righteous” and shine it did on Sunnyside Park this weekend….
Tiger Carving in Sunnyside Park
- This weekend All The Skills returned to Sunnyside Park, Great Lever, Bolton to be part of the annual community fun day. However, this year was extra special as the park has also secured funding to produce a wild flower garden and at the day there was live wood carving resulting in a fantastic tiger sculpture. The tiger was designed by local children and will be a focal point of the garden.
Kate hard at work with local children making flower
To celebrate the new flower garden Kate worked with local children to produce several large decorative flowers to be hung in the garden as well as individual sparkly/glittery flowers to take home.
a beautiful flower ready to be displayed
Sean and Naomi were kept busy helping residents young and old to master a variety of circus skills before sending everyone home with a balloon animal.
Let’s hope that despite Council cutbacks this event will continue to happen. As organiser Donnette Foster says,
“These days are all about getting the community out on the park having fun together…”
Maggie from The Lawrence Batley Theatre taking part in the circus workshop
All The Skills have previously worked with The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield on several occassions bringing circus skills, visual art and dance to different groups.
Last Sunday the LBT invited All The Skills to run a circus workshop in their “Imagine Tent” as part of the activities at Crosland Moor Allstars Fun day. Participants had a go at plate spinning, diabolos, flower stick, juggling, poi spinning and making their own balloon animals.
As our workshop was only an hour long Sean and Naomi decided to make the most of the other activities available…a rare treat when usually we are working all day at these kind of events. Sean had an ice cream (proper ice cream not that stuff pumped through a machine!) and Naomi had her face painted!
It was also a chance to meet up with a few old friends…the Sound Jata West African drummers who we worked with on the Fire in the Sky event and Kate Woodfield visual artist extraordinaire. Kate will be back with us in a few weeks at Sunnyside Park in Great Lever.
SoundJata African drummers
Naomi getting into character after having her face painted
All The Skills always finds the people of Bolton to be welcoming and we were pleased that the people attending Tonge Carnival enjoyed meeting Terrance the Chinese lion.
Terrance and his musicians made their Bolton debut in a parade to start the event. Also in the parade representing All The Skills was Naomi, on stilts handing out fortune cookies and continuing the Chinese theme, Sean with his diabolos. The parade had many people from different community groups and schools in the Tonge area and was so much fun that it followed the parade route twice!
After a circus workshop session, Naomi took to her stilts again to assist Terrance, Buddha and the musicians in a short performance at the main stage. Following the performance Naomi and Sean went into a frenzy of balloon modelling until the end of the wonderful event.
Naomi offers Terrance a lettuce
Terrance takes the lettuce
Terrance decides to share the lucky lettuce with the crowd
Artistic image of Viral Video rehearsal
Naomi has been involved in making what will hopefully become a viral video!
She was approached by Nathan Rae of Nathan Rae Productions to produce the choreography for the video which was to be filmed as part of the celebrations forInternational Women’s Day at Gorton Monastery.
Nathan planned and directed the video while Naomi taught the group the dance and invented a whole new kind of notation….
“TOWARDS JESUS….NOW AWAY FROM JESUS”
The dance was to an original track specially written by Michele Harris of Audio Boutique.
This video had two goals. Firstly to be a fun activity for all the participants and in this respect it was a major success! Comments like
“It was one of the highlights of the day!” and “We had so much fun!” came thick and fast as everyone involved really enjoyed it.
Secondly it was to be a “viral” video to raise the profile of International Woman’s Day.
So if you want to help us “go viral” visit here..
Murals were created live as events unfolded....
Since September members of 3rd Stage in Huddersfield have been working with local Artist Kate Woodfield learning a variety of art and drawing techniques.
These include drawing each other, making paper cut pictures, making books and scratching patterns into a waxed surface.
The group really enjoyed the session, one lady saying that Kate had given her lots of helpful tips to improve her work.
Christmas is coming, geese are getting fat, please put a penny in the old man’s hat….
And with the coming of Christmas is the week of Christmas related performances and shows. Monday saw the younger members of Oldfield Brow Primary School drama club present The Snow Queen. They did really well remembering all their lines and stage directions, especially as the majority of them played multiple roles. The group played to a full house without a hint of stage fright which is a huge achievement considering that some of the members were only just 6! I think the parents enjoyed the props and costumes.
Stupidly because she was caught up in the thick of narrating and orchestrating the performances Naomi forgot to take any pictures herself. Hopefully some will appear here soon courtesy of a staff member of the school. The Oscar style awards ceremony also went down well. Well done to Harsha and Wendy for being my stars of the term!
The older group performed a Brechtian style Christmas play based around the idea of Santa being kidnapped. This was a scripted piece but the original ideas and characters came from the four girls. Each girl did very well learning and performing a show heavy in text and stylized ideas…learning their monologues will stand them in good stead for next terms LAMDA exams.
Tuesday saw Naomi and Sean visit Liverpool to meet with their new mentor Mark Featherstone Witty CEO of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. http://www.lipa.ac.uk
This meeting was productive with Mark supplying several ideas of how to approach the corporate sector as well as giving us a few contacts. Now to put the plan into action!
Wednesday saw Naomi visiting 3 different projects led by All The Skills’ freelance artists.
In the morning she attended the music concert at St Clares RC Primary School in Blackley where members of the after school dance club led by Paul were performing. The group had learnt a complex routine involving specific timings and not always being in unison but different groups dancing different parts of the routine- the overall effect was very impressive!!!
Paul will be returning to the school in January to work with Year 4 pupils!
Naomi then went to visit the 3rd Stage group at LBT who had been doing art and songwriting but more about that in the next post!!!
Meanwhile Sean was at Salford City Academy where the group he has been working with for the past 6 weeks showed off their newly acquired skills in a mini-performance.
For the past two Saturdays Naomi and Sean have travelled over the moors to Ferrybridge to help The Youth Work Company
View from the A1
engage with young people living in the Ferrybridge area. The youth workers Marie and Jo were hoping some eyecatching circus skills would attract the attention of passers by and give them an opportunity to make contact with local young people.
On week 1 we were based in the local park, in the shadow of the infamous power station and despite the cold met a few local teenagers. Flower sticks proved a popular choice with all but Nath was very persistent with learning diabolo-good job!
Week 2 was even colder so we headed indoors to the village hall. After chatting with Marie and Jo last week we had convinced them of their need for a Facebook account to keep in touch with young people and promote their events. We did have several attempts but were hindered by their reluctance to create a personal account—however I think a Facebook page will be coming soon once everyone has figured out the technology!