Latest news: SUMMER 2017 UPDATE 2

GIVE ME SPACE!

DIY Theatre Company’s new show “Give Me Space!” has just completed a very successful pilot tour. We performed to two PMLD audiences at Bury College on Tuesday 13th June and two PMLD audiences at Firwood School on 20th June and 4th July. The response was very positive and we have also had some very useful feedback from both venues, which will help us in developing the piece for touring in 2018.

DIY Theatre Company will be taking a well-earned break over the Summer, but we will be starting back again on Tuesday 12th September. We have lots of exciting plans and things to look forward to in the Autumn, including working with live musicians to develop live music as part of our new show.

CREATIVE MINDS NORTH

A team of four DIY actors / facilitators planned and led two workshops as part of the Creative Minds North conference which took place at Home in Manchester on Thursday 15th June 2017.

DIY led a joint workshop with The Lawnmowers Theatre Company from Gateshead on the theme of quality in Learning Disability Arts. There were 200 delegates attending the event and DIY worked with a total of 80 people over two workshops to create eight “Qualitrees”. It was great to work with actor / facilitators from The Lawnmowers and we have received some very positive feedback from the workshops and from the event as a whole.

DIY AGM

All our members, friends and supporters are invited to DIY’s AGM which will be held on Tuesday 26th September at 1 pm at The Angel Centre.

We will elect our Board and present our Annual Report, as well as giving an update on our exciting plans for the future. Of course, there will also be tea and scones!

DIY BUDS

This popular drama group for adults with learning disabilities is funded through The People’s Health Trust. It runs at Langworthy Cornerstone every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

This term has focused on the theme of “holidays” and culminated in a very special sharing event held at Langworthy Cornerstone on Thursday 29 June. The group does not meet during the Summer, but will start up again on Thursday 21st September 2017. New members are always welcome!

VOLUNTEERING IN ACTION COURSE

DIY’s Volunteering in Action course has been running throughout the Summer on Friday mornings at The Angel Centre. Participants have been learning more about what it means to be a volunteer and everybody has had an opportunity to put their volunteering skills into practice.

NEXT STEPS: SOUND AND VOICE IN THEATRE

DIY’s “Next Steps Sound and Voice in Theatre” course has been meeting weekly on Thursday mornings at Langworthy Cornerstone. Sessions have included a special workshop with a professional musician and sound recording artist, during which an original sound-track on the theme of “Holidays” was created, which was used in the BUDS piece on June 29th.

DIY’s courses have been supported during 2016/17 by Salford Community Learning Trust. All of our courses have now finished for the Summer, but we look forward to starting a new programme of courses in September. Watch this space for further details.

 

ARTS AWARD TRAINING

Forthcoming Arts Award Adviser Training courses being run by DIY Theatre Company are listed below. All training will take place at Langworthy Cornerstone, Salford. To book onto Arts Award Adviser Training, go to www.artsaward.org.uk

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser Training (half day):

These courses run from 9-30 am to 12-30 pm.

Thursday 13th July 2017

Thursday 19th October 2017: (SEN focus)

Thursday 30th November 2017.

Thursday 1st February 2018

Thursday 22nd March 2018.

Thursday 24th May 2018 (SEN focus)

Thursday 5th July 2018.

Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training (full day):

These courses run from 10 am to 4-30 pm.

Thursday 20th July 2017 (SEN focus)

Thursday 28th September 2017

Thursday 7th December 2017 (SEN focus)

Thursday 8th February.2018

Thursday 29th March 2018.

Thursday 26th April 2018.

Thursday 12th July 2018 (SEN focus)

Thursday 27th September 2018.

Arts Award Support Surgeries:

DIY’s Arts Award Support Surgeries are free and open to anyone who has trained as an Arts Award Adviser, at any level, and would like to access some free support. The aims are to refresh advisers’ knowledge and explore a range of different ways of developing the Arts Award in your setting. Upcoming Support Surgeries are:

•Wednesday 12 July 3 2017 – 5.30 – with a focus on Discover, Explore and Bronze

•Wednesday 11 October 2017 3 – 5.30 – with a focus on Silver and Gold

•Wednesday 14 March 2018 3 – 5.30 – with a focus on access and inclusion

To book onto a Support Surgery or request a one-to-one support visit, go to www.artsaward.org.uk