That’s some catch, that Catch-22. It’s the best there is.”
In conjunction with the Northern Stage production of ‘Catch-22′, Cap-a-Pie and Newcastle University’s Dr Francis Kiraly devised a fascinating, fun and interactive workshop on ‘Game Theory’.
In Spring/Summer 2013 Cap-a-Pie made an opera with Year 3′s at West park Academy, Darlington alongside Cap-a-Pie associate artist musician Matthew Jones.
The opera was based on “The Quiltmaker’s Gift”, a picture book by Jeff Brumbeau. The book tells the story of a selfish king’s journey to find happiness in giving, helped along by the magical quiltmaker.
When a homeless man asks the Prime Minister for money he has no idea what will happen next, but as the heavens collide their lives are realigned and they find themselves in each other shoes. What will the homeless man do in his new position, what will he say?
The Irish diaspora is well documented but the stories of lives lived away from home remain to a large extent untold. In 2012 Cap-a-Pie was commissioned by the Tyneside Irish Cultural Society to produce a piece of reminiscence theatre with older people that use the Tyneside Irish Centre.
When CCE asked us to run a creative learning workshop for the Latvian Ministry of Education in March 2012, of course we jumped at the chance. Our next question was where would they like us to work? We never dreamt that they’d want us to work in the Ministry itself!
The Newbiggin Maritime Centre asked us to work with a group of young people to make a piece of theatre with filmed elements to be performed as a local element of the opening celebrations of London 2012.
If we do nothing else with our education system, perhaps we should be encouraging our learners to be optimistic. Not blindly so, but certainly on the optimistic side of realistic.
In 2012 we worked with West Park Academy to see what we can ‘learn about learning’ through learning about Dramatic Enquiry. That sounds like a pretty complicated objective, but it’s really simple.
Thanks to the lovely folk at Helix Arts, we had the privilege of working alongside the children, parents and workers at Chester-le- Street Surestart. We are now convinced there is no lower age limit to Creative Enquiry!
We were asked by Storyteller, Ian Douglas and Theatre by the Lake to help out over a weekend with a spot of Filmmaking. What a weekend we had!
In a near future dystopia, genetic screening is mandatory for all 16 year olds. Girl A has avoided the law and had a child, deliberately flouting the new world law. Find her guilty and the law will be upheld, find her not guilty and we leave the world at the mercy of genetic diseases and all the misery that accompany them!
We worked with Goole High School on a series of Creative Enquiry residencies during the Spring and Summer terms as part of their Creative Partnerships programme.
TaMHS is a three-year pathfinder programme aimed at supporting the development of innovative models of therapeutic and holistic mental health support in schools for children and young people aged 5 – 13 at risk of, and/or experiencing, mental health problems; and their families. Continuum toured schools in the area and captured feelings of isolation, abandonment and anxiety.
We were commissioned by the Customs House in collaboration with South Tyneside Council to work with their Children in Care Council. Cap-a-Pie worked with the group to produce a short film called Do You Know Who I Am?which was conceived, developed and acted by the young people themselves.
Abbey Hill School & Performing Arts College in Stoke-on-Trent asked us to work with them to find out how children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties could take control of their own learning.