A Modest Seed Fund to assist Somerset Performers….

Take Art is delighted to announce a brand new round of Seed Funding for graduate theatre-makers, emerging artists as well as the more established performance artists based in Somerset. This small fund is for projects taking place before Easter 2015 with a deadline for applications of 1st December 2014

Its purpose is to help the performing arts sector in Somerset to grow.  The fund, although modest, is still an important way in which we want to support and encourage Somerset practitioners, especially young and emerging artists.  It has been made possible by Somerset County Council's Creative Industries Development Fund. 

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st December 2014 at 5pm.   

Download the criteria and more information about the fund below, along with the application form.  Please note we only have a modest amount available this year.  There will be one round of applications only, for appllications between £50-£250 (max).

Good luck...

Contact Sarah or Mark at Take Art if you need more help at Take Art on 01460 249450.

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InspirED CPD training sparks creativity in the Early Years

The first CPD training event from InspirED at Take Art inspires 20 practitioners in preparation for the autumn season!

On Tuesday 23 September InspirED at Take Art hosted its first CPD session of the new academic year ‘Light as a Feather’ at Willow Set Pre School, Stoke St Gregory.

Teachers and practitioners, from pre schools in in the area, joined practitioner Sarah Butterworth for a practical, creative and fun session of making, manipulating and exploring working with foam and resources to create feather bird headdresses.

The aims of the session were to inspire creativity and familiarise participants with new materials and techniques that can be used with children and adults.

Activities included; Creation of basic headband for children’s costume, using plasterzote foam to decorate the headband, exploring different types of plasterzote, explanation of artists’ work – looking at hats and costume and cutting, gluing, shaping, colouring plasterzote.

Sarah Butterworth commented “Plasterzote foam is a wonderful, adaptable material for working with all ages of children and adults, and it is normally very cheap from your local scrapstore and available in large amounts. It is great for costume making and comes in different thicknesses and colours. It can be cut with children's scissors, painted with acrylic paint. Use a stapler to stick layers together, or split pins, (but put some gaffer tape on the surface to protect the foam from ripping). You can use a glue gun to decorate the foam, and it can be heated and shaped with a heat gun.”

Within the hour and a half CPD session practitioners created eye catching headdresses and embraced new skills to use within their EY setting to share with colleagues and of course their children!

  

Feedback from the session included using the innovative ideas and new techniques within settings towards making outfits and costumes for all seasons, including Easter bonnets, Christmas hats, cultural art and feather headdresses towards work with The Great Crane project with InspirED partner SAW - click here for further information. 

“Interesting & practical ideas that easily transfer into the classroom.”
Emma Gibbens – Stoke St Gregory Primary School

“I was initially nervous – thinking what I can do then keen to get going. The enjoyment of the activity and pleased with the end product.”
Ruth West – Abacus Nursery

“I have been given enthusiasm to use other tools and materials in the setting.”
Caroline Stone – Comeytrowe under fives Pre School

“The light as a feather CPD training gave practitioners the skills in which to develop their ideas for making head dresses for any season within their Early Year’s setting, building confidence and ideas for creativity to share with their colleagues.”
Sarah Butterworth – CPD trainer & practitioner

For further information on future activity and information about InspirED visit: 

www.takeart.org/inspired
www.inspiredsomerset.co.uk

Delivered in association with Somerset Art Works and The Great Crane Project for the Celebration of Cranes project greatcraneart.blogspot.co.uk

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Keep the Change: In Pictures

How Take Art empowered the people of Burnham and Highbridge to change their towns for the better. See the beautiful pictures of their work in action.

Back in July almost 100 people in Burnham and Highbridge took up our challenge to become ChangeMakers. They were each given £10 at the ‘What Change’ launch event to create a small, but significant, change to make their towns the best place to be.

On Saturday the changes started at 8am on the beach, with this stunning sand poem (written during the project) about seagulls.

On the promenade the yarn bombers transformed one of the beach shelters... This awesome site-specific exhibition of yarn-bombing on the sea front has taken on a new significance in recent days as a dedication to local teenager Charley Marks. Click here to read more about the Yarn Bombing.

Members of the public were able to explore the creative happenings throughout the day...

Photos of beach and yarn bombing by Beata Kosc Photography

At 7pm 70 people arrived at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre for the 'Keep the Change' celebration...  to watch, listen and share all they’d achieved over the summer. During the course of the evening, we heard stories about all the amazing changes that have been created, including three beautiful dance films that explored the relationship between the two towns; an inspiring ‘Pick up your Pooch’s Poo’ campaign; entertaining monologues about the town written and performed by local people; an incredible ‘seagull’ frieze that encouraged people to explore their creative potential; a one woman GPS mapping project; a handmade flower installation; a community interactive performance of Midummer Night's Dream, poems, art exhibitions and music from local band Daft Folk. One participant spent their money on a litter bin to help keep the alley way by her house clean, promising to empty it every week.

There was more creativity on the night, when performance poet Saly Jenkinson created a wonderful on-the-spot audience poem, written by all who attended. Click here to read it in full.

Towards the end of the event we encouraged people to keep the ‘change’ in terms of any left over coins. But more importantly, we want people to keep the ‘changes’ they’ve made and to reflect on the differences they’ve achieved. Already this is apparent through the way people have learnt new skills, explored their creativity, increased their confidence and made new friends. 

On the 21 October, we are inviting everybody back to an event called ‘Sea Change’ where we hope to explore the potential for even greater changes and transformations in Burnham and Highbridge.

Keep returning to this website for updates: we’re not done yet!

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Take Art and the Merlin bring big theatre to little venues

Wrong Un’ by Red Ladder tours to four Mendip venues this week.

Wrong Un’ is a new one-woman suffragette musical, telling the story of Annie Wilde, a Lancashire mill-girl, galvanised by a rousing mixture of injustice, conviction, self-doubt and fear on her journey from schoolroom to prison cell and beyond.

This extraordinary musical drama draws on class, privilege, hope and disappointment in wartime England and marks an important time in post WW1 history.

As part of the Take Art and Merlin Theatre project Merlin in Mendip, bringing top quality big stage theatre to local village venues, Wrong ‘Un is visiting four Somerset venues this week, from including Leigh-on-Mendip, Chaffcombe, Frome and Batcombe.

The show was written by ex-Chumbawamba guitarist and writer Boff Whalley, and directed by Justin Audibert, It is a one-woman musical performed by Ella Harris.

Writer Boff Whalley comments, “I was prompted to write the musical after hearing from a friend who had discovered her grandmother's 100-year-old collection of suffragette memorabilia, letters, photograph albums and newspaper cuttings. Amongst the finds was her grandmother's suffragette medal, awarded to those women who were imprisoned and force-fed in Holloway Gaol for taking direct action. Suddenly, something distantly historic became personal and human; and I knew that I had a play to write.”

Show Times Across Mendip

  • Leigh on Mendip Memorial Hall: Wed 17 Sept, 8pm. Call 01373 813115 or book online.
  • Chaffcombe Village Hall: Thur 18 Sept, 7.30pm. Call 01460 65909 or book online.
  • The Merlin Theatre: Fri 19 Sept, 7.45pm. Call 01373 465949 or book online.
  • Batcombe Jubilee Hall: Sat 20 Sept, 7pm Call 01749 812218 or book online.

Tickets are still available for all four venues and you can find out more and book online here.

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To request images/further information please contact Louise Monks, Marketing & Communications Manager for Take Art: 01460 249450 / louise@takeart.org

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Rural Touring more popular than ever across Somerset

It’s a new season for Take Art in Somerset and after 27 years of bringing music, theatre, dance and comedy shows to local venues, Take Art are still going strong, despite the best efforts of the purse string pinchers.

Sarah Peterkin, Director of Take Art Rural Touring, said “Since the County Council funding cuts in 2011 we are only able to offer half the amount of shows to Somerset communities, 60 instead of 120, but because we have not compromised on quality, the popularity of the scheme remains strong. Audiences across the county are averaging at about 70% and growing.”

The Rural Touring scheme is supported by over 40 fantastic volunteer promoters, who give hours of their own time to work with Take Art to put on professional shows in village halls and local theatres. 

Jane Hole, Neroche Village Hall promoter, said “Our Take Art shows have been great fun to work with, to host, to meet the performers and for that special time when the hall is alive with people having fun and enjoying themselves. I know the financial times are hard at the moment but the rural touring programme seems to be battling on and still attracting classy acts.”

This Season in Rural Touring

We have eleven different shows touring Somerset from September to November 2014, kicking off with the hugely amusing Tom Wainwright and his comedy double bill Buttercup and Barry the Beaver.

POWERFUL THEATRE

In a more serious vein Red Ladder (see above pic) will be performing their inspiring 1918 suffragette story ‘Wrong ‘Un in six Somerset venues. Also in theatre the much beloved Pip Utton returns with his new show Casanova, certain to ruffle a few doilies and upturn the odd cake tray. In early November Kali Theatre will be inviting you to the reception of an interracial marriage between a girl from the country and a boy from the big city, in My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding a thought provoking comedy in the style of an actual awkward wedding.

ROOF RAISING MUSIC

This season also offers a range of musical entertainment including a three-stop October tour from Canadian folk/pop singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood, from Nova Scotia and a November outing from the six-piece string band The Buffalo Gals (see above pic).

The part Maori and part Scottish, all female trio, Pacific Curls, are also visiting Somerset this Autumn to offer an enthralling and heady world music sound to four rural venues.

UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURES

The season draws to a dramatic, panoramic and windswept conclusion with TV wildlife filmmaker Ben Osborne and his show Himalayan Journeys (see above pic), a personal account (with eye-popping photos) of one of the greatest adventures on Earth.

You can find out more about all our shows, books tickets and learn how to support rural touring in Somerset by visiting our What's On Section.

 

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To request images/further information please contact Louise Monks, Marketing & Communications Manager for Take Art: 01460 249450 / louise@takeart.org

Take Art is a pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. We do this by providing accessible opportunities for people of all ages to participate, experience and work within the arts.

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The Octagon launches £5,000 Dance Bursary 2014/15

The Octagon Theatre is now inviting dance companies from across the UK to apply for the second £5,000 Octagon Dance Associate bursary, offered in partnership with Take Art Dance.

NATIONAL CALLOUT FOR APPLICATIONS...

The Octagon Dance Associate bursary is a unique combination of space provision, financial support and specialist expertise for the development of an artist or company drawn from a nationwide call-out opportunity.

This open call is targeted at dance companies who have made and successfully toured a show for evening performance.

The two-phase bursary offer was launched in 2013, with each bursary running between nine and 12 months. The first year's bursary is currently underway and was won by Ben Wright of bgroup. This call out is for the second bursary, to commence in October 2014.

To find out more about the offer and how to apply please click on the Related Article below.

                             

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HOT NEWS: The New Take Art Programme has arrived

Hurrah, it’s the Autumn 2014 Take Art Programme, packed with the latest news, shows and opportunities... and you can read it here now.

It’s a new season for Take Art in Somerset, which means we can heft back the big velvet curtain and reveal the still steaming (not like a cow pat) Take Art autumn programme.

Full of great rural touring shows, creative opportunities in theatre and dance, lots of stuff for schools and the latest news on all our exciting projects… and it’s got a cow on it! You probably best just have a look.

This Season in Rural Touring

We have ten shows touring Somerset from September to November 2014, kicking off with the hugely amusing Tom Wainwright and his comedy double bill Buttercup and Barry the Beaver. Tom juggles the hilarious and surreal in a show definitely best suited to older teenagers and adults.

In a more series vein Red Ladder will be performing their WWI theatre show ‘Wrong ‘Un in six Somerset venues, helping us honour the 100 year anniversary of the Great War. Also in theatre the much beloved Pip Utton returns with his new show Casanova, certain to ruffle a few doilies and upturn the odd cake tray.

In early November Kali Theatre will be inviting you to an interracial marriage between a girl from the country and a boy from the big city, in a thought provoking comedy in the style of an actual awkward wedding. Owch!

This season proffers a range of music, including a three-stop October tour from folk/pop Canadian artist Ian Sherwood, who hails from Nova Scotia. The part Maori, part Scottish, Pacific Curls are also visiting in October to offer their enthralling and heady world music sound to four Somerset venues. In November we welcome six-piece string band The Buffalo Girls, guaranteed to get the floorboards creaking with all that joyful dancing.

For kids and their adults Angel Heart Theatre return with their imagination exploding live puppet show Cirkus Spectakular for children four years and up. The season then draws to a dramatic, panoramic and windswept conclusion with TV wildlife filmmaker Ben Osborne and Himalayan Journeys, a personal account (with eye popping photos) of one of the greatest adventures on Earth.

What Else?

Take Art continues to reach thousands of people across Somerset with opportunities and workshops in dance, theatre, music and early years creativity.

You can find out more about our work and our shows by clicking on the magic ‘read on the screen’ programme below.

To book tickets for any of our shows please visit our What’s On pages

 

 

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Octagon Dance Associate in Residence

Ben Wright, artistic director of bgroup, has been in residence at the Octagon Theatre as part of his Dance Associate Role.

Ben Wright, artistic director of bgroup, was in residence at the Octagon Theatre in July as part of his Dance Associate role. The company was on stage all week as part of the creation process of their new piece Spectrum. Ben was recipient of a bursary created as part of the Octagon Theatre’s Arts Council funded Dance Development project.

Ben said, “I am extremely excited and thankful to receive this support from the Octagon, it is wonderful to feel so actively supported through this alliance and association. The bursary has played a significant role in the creation of our new work Spectrum and we look forward immeasurably to engaging with the Theatre’s local community”.

The finished piece will be performed at the Octagon Theatre on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

The second bursary application process will launch in August; keep an eye open as we will announce it here.

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What Change has been launched in Burnham & Highbridge!

What Change was launched on Saturday 12 July at the Princess Theatre & Arts Centre in Burnham-on-Sea.

Thank you very much to everyone who joined us; it was great to see so many enthusiastic people there raring to go with the activities on offer this summer and of course the Small Change Challenge! We look forward to hearing how you each spent your £10 at the wrap-up event in September. Until then, those who would still like to take part but couldn't make the launch, there are plenty of workshop activities to take part in this summer. Download your copy of the Summer Activities Programme below as a PDF or flick through the Issuu document.

This is a chance for adults and young people to join in a variety of friendly workshops run by a great bunch of creative people. The cost of each workshop is just £2 (under 16s free). You can choose to get involved as an individual or as a family.

Keep an eye on the Word/Play website for more details, and you can follow Take Art Word Play on Facebook and Twitter (@TakeArtWordPlay).

What Change is a community theatre project taking place during Summer 2014, encouraging residents of Burnham & Highbridge to think about what change they can create to make their towns the best place to be. Alongside The Whiteball Tunnel project, What Change forms the other half of Word/Play Phase 3 exploring small positive changes that can be made within a community. Photos: Beata Kosoc Photography.


Photos: Beata Kosc Photography

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SYDC success at the nationals + auditions for September announced

Be part of SYDC's growing success in 2014/2015

Somerset Youth Dance Company (SYDC) is auditioning for new members in September. We’re on the look out for any young dancers who might be interested in joining!

SYDC is for dancers who are aged between 13-21 who have a passion and commitment to develop their dancing. The company is now finding continued success on both local and national dance stages, having just returned from the National Youth Dance England Event, U.Dance 2014, where they performed the piece they had commissioned by Retina Dance Company (see the video below). This is the second year SYDC has been selected to represent the South West at this national event.

The company continues to work with exciting dance companies, having worked with Motionhouse and Retina already this year, and a Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company residency is lined up for October. SYDC runs classes in both Bridgwater and Yeovil, and successful SYDC members will attend a weekly session at their nearest location. There will also be an additional fortnightly Sunday rehearsal scheduled for advanced members of the company.

AUDITIONS
Tues 16 Sept, 6-9pm (registration opens at 5:30pm)  |  Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Thurs 18 Sept
, 5:30-8:30pm (registration opens at 5pm)  |  Bridgwater College Academy

To attend an audition, please register your interest by emailing Company Director Katey Leader: katey@takeart.org
For more information please click here or see Somerset Youth Dance Company’s Facebook page.

Here is a film of SYDC's fantastic performance of Falling to Take Flight at the national U.Dance 2014 in Nottingham:

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In conclusion, Touring Matters

The last 'action' of the two-year DanSCe Dialogues 2 project, Touring Matters, took place on Saturday at The Point, Eastleigh.

We were delighted to be joined at The Point for Touring Matters by a number of French colleagues from dance companies, programmers and regional agencies, as well as UK colleagues, companies and funders.

The day was spent seeing dance, discussing the different touring models in the two countries and sharing worries over the future of arts/cultural funding on both sides of the channel. Over the two years it seems like new colleagues are becoming old friends and there was an energy about continuing to work together if possible.

Watch this space!

 

DD2 Logo: Arnaud-Pierre Fourtane

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Good news for Tangle!

Take Art's associated company Tangle International have been awarded NPO status for the first time.

We are pleased as punch to hear Tangle's good news and we look forward to developing our work and relationship with this fantastic company over the coming years. Artistic Director for Tangle, Anna Coombs had this to say:

"Tangle are delighted to have been offered status as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. Since 2013 Tangle has had its registered office at Take Art in Somerset, with whom we have a growing partnership, working together on a range of projects, including the SOUTH WEST’S PARTNERSHIP FOR MULTI-RACIAL THEATRE. The opportunity afforded through NPO status will enable both organisations to continue to work closely together. It also enables Tangle to establish a strong physical presence in the region, as from 2015 we will be operating part-time from an administrative base at Take Art." 
 

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Take Art continues as a National Portfolio Organisation

Arts Council England funding secured for next three years.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

This morning the principal funder of the arts in England, Arts Council England (ACE), unveiled its list of National Portfolio Organisations for 2015-18 and we are pleased that Take Art has been shown a vote of their confidence. We will maintain the same level of funding for the next three years, enabling us to continue delivering high quality arts provision in Somerset. This will include work with all age groups and sectors of the community including schools, youth groups and residential homes. The main areas of our work are dance and theatre development, early years creativity as well as delivering the county's rural touring scheme.

In our ACE assessment we were scored strongly against our three goals: artistic excellence; reaching and engaging communities; children and young people.

We’d like to thank the continued support of our colleagues, volunteers/promoters, partners, board members and audience members. Without their help, commitment and time Take Art would not be able to continue providing a high quality arts provision for communities and individuals in Somerset.

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DramaFest Success

On Tuesday 24 June, over 70 students from across Somerset performed on stage at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

DramaFest was an InspirED event, showcasing the work of secondary drama students from schools across Somerset, to each other as well as to a public audience. InspirED subscribing schools Huish Academy from Huish Episcopi and Bishop’s Foxes School, Taunton, as well as Yeovil's Bucklers Mead Academy and Preston Academy, all took to the stage at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre.

Over 72 students took part in the platform - all having an opportunity to perform a devised, scripted or improvised piece of theatre on a professional theatre stage as well as watch each other perform. Their work included:

Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay by Dario Fo - Huish Academy
Burying Your Brother in the Pavement - Bishops Foxes School
Titanic: Our Interpretation - Preston Academy
Don’t Ignore Me - Bucklers Mead Academy
Monologues - Bucklers Mead Academy
Shakers by John Godber - Huish Episcopi Academy
When You Hurt Me - Bucklers Mead Academy

There was a fantastic response from participants as well as the public audience. "Just pure awesome - enjoyed every performance".

InspirED Somerset is a unique partnership between Spaeda, Somerset Film and Video, Somerset Art Works and Take Art. The network aims to enrich creative arts and learning for all Somerset children and young people, bringing the skills and expertise of arts and media professionals direct to Somerset schools, colleges and education settings. Take Art's role is to support Dance and Drama Teachers in Schools and Creative Practitioners working in Early Years. To find out more about InspirED Somerset please click here.

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My Tunes 2 music project receives Youth Music grant

Take Art has been granted £49,950 from Youth Music and a further boost from four Pupil Referral Units in Somerset to undertake a two-year music project, My Tunes 2, with 75 young people excluded from mainstream schools.

"I have not seen him be that committed to any other project, the work in these sessions has helped nurture and develop learning in other subjects besides music"

(One teacher from a PRU about a student involved in My Tunes)

Following an initial My Tunes project culminating in 2014, Take Art has secured funding for its follow-up, My Tunes 2.

Thanks to this funding My Tunes 2 will continue the legacy of recently completed music project My Tunes, building on relationships with Actiontrack and young people in four Somerset Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), working together to make and record music in a range of styles from May 2014 to May 2016.

Take Art and Actiontrack Performance Company will be working with the four area schools in Taunton Deane, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Mendip to make music with young people who have been excluded from mainstream schools over the next two years. A variety of music styles including, rap, rock, beatbox, grime, dubstep and soul will be offered to 125 young people in taster sessions, then 75 in more in-depth follow up sessions, as well as recording opportunities at the Actiontrack recording studio in Taunton.

My Tunes 2 will also be expanded to include training for the Targeted Youth Support team who work with vulnerable 15 to 19 year olds. This is an exciting development and contributes to our ambition to develop a countywide strategy for working through music with vulnerable children and young people. As part of this we are working with the Somerset Music Education Hub – Sound Foundation Somerset.

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Making In Somerset 2014: Save the date!

A date for Somerset theatre makers' diaries - come and get together, network and share your ideas on Saturday 19 July.

Take Art Theatre directors Mark and Sarah have come to the conclusion that Somerset theatre makers are long overdue for a get-together, so have organised Making In Somerset to rectify the situation... The Brewhouse Studio is booked for the afternoon and early evening of Saturday 19 July. Somerset theatre makers are warmly invited to come along and share your news. We are aware that there are now lots of new people living and making exciting theatre type work in Somerset so Making in Somerset 2014 will be an opportunity for us all to meet up, have some food, share ideas and just start new conversations.

Click here to find out more!

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Soundwaves Bursary Opportunity

Final round of our bursary opportunity of up to £100 for Early Years practitioners

This is the final call for applications of up to £100 for our Soundwaves bursary, open to Early Years practitioners living/working in the South West, before the funding expires in September.

We recognise that as individual artists and Early Years staff we often have specific training needs and interests. If you live or work in the South West and are keen to find out more about a project by visiting a setting, or need some funding to attend a course or conference, the Soundwaves bursary could help.

What you need to do to apply:

- Identify the training opportunity
- Think about what you hope to gain from visiting the project/setting/event or course
- Think about how this fits with your own professional development or builds on your current skills
- Calculate how much funding you require.

Contact Caroline Barnes, co-Director of Take Art Early Years on caroline@takeart.org / 01460 249450.

To find out more about Soundwaves please click here.

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Take Art’s Katey Leader is made a U.Dance Champion

Youth Dance England has announced their U.Dance Roll of Honour 2014 - including our very own Katey Leader!

Take Art's Director of Dance, Katey Leader, has been included in Youth Dance England's U.Dance Roll of Honour 2014 as a U.Dance Champion. This accolade was awarded to Katey in recognition of having hosted no less than eight U.Dance platforms across Somerset as part of Spring Forward Festival earlier this year.

Katey said, "U.Dance is such a fantastic opportunity for young people to perform on a professional stage and to get inspiration from each other by watching other groups. The difference I see in dancers after the experience of a U.Dance platform is a transformation. It's when the hard work and hours spent sweating in the dance studio pays off... where the dancers in them come alive and where they thrive. It is a pleasure to be involved in."

Katey heads up Somerset Youth Dance Company, who were recently selected by a professional panel at the U.Dance regional platform in March to go through to the national summit this coming June in Nottingham. Read more about SYDC's success here.

Congratulations Katey - a thoroughly well deserved Champion!

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Promoters’ Menu 2014/15

Take Art's Rural Touring Menu has now launched, packed with productions for promoters to peruse!

Sarah, who runs Take Art's Rural Touring service, met with promoters on Sunday to present the Menu of shows on offer for autumn 2014 and spring 2015.

If you missed the meeting, don't worry - you can view the Menu online here, or download a PDF and booking form below.

As ever there are lots of exciting shows to choose from to host in your communities! If you are a new promoter, please make sure you read through the introduction pages in particular.

The deadline to get your choices in is Friday 30 May. If you've got any queries about any of the shows please don't hesitate to contact Sarah: sarah@takeart.org / 01460 249450.

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The Whiteball Tunnel Project gets underway

Wheels are set in motion to get The Whiteball Tunnel community theatre project fully on track.

Take Art, Actiontrack and Forkbeard Fantasy are working together with communities from in and around Wellington to create a community history play like no other! The project also forms part of Phase 3 of Word/Play.

There was a fantastic turn out at The Beambridge Inn on 24 April for the project launch, with representatives from schools and arts organisations, historians, rail enthusiasts, local politicians, residents and plenty of other interested individuals and groups from both ends of the tunnel. The Whiteball Tunnel Project kicks off with a series of workshops for performers, musicians and volunteers of all ages who would like to find out more about the project at Wellington Arts Centre, on Tuesdays 6, 13 and 20 May from 6:30–8:30pm.

This fascinating project aims to bring the history of the Whiteball Tunnel to life, culminating in a week of performances in November.

Take Art, Actiontrack and Forkbeard Fantasy are collaborating to create both a spectacular event and a digital and actual legacy. This will take the form of brick markers on the footpath surrounding the tunnel, each of which will have a QR code which will tell the story of the project. The markers will be made of 1000 bricks representing the navvies employed to build the tunnel.

At the launch Forkbeard Fantasy demonstrated some of the visual and auditory effects - for which they are renowned - that they intend to incorporate into the project.

Keep an eye on www.takeart.org/wordplay for further developments!

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SYDC Celebrates Selection

Take Art-led Somerset Youth Dance Company are celebrating after being selected to represent the South West in Youth Dance England’s national platform.

On Saturday 29 March, Youth Dance England’s southwest regional platform (U.Dance SW) took place at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton, where fifteen youth dance groups showcased their work to each other, a public audience and a selection panel, as part of the recent month-long Spring Forward Festival.

Amid the outstanding quality of work presented, the panel of dance professionals selected Somerset Youth Dance Company and a group from Cornwall (For Funks Sake) to represent the southwest region and perform at the national four-day YDE dance festival at Nottingham in June, which will include some twenty selected youth groups from across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as National Dance Companies from each country.

SYDC, which is run by Take Art's Director of Dance, Katey Leader, was selected for their excellent performance of the piece, Falling to Take Flight, choreographed for them by innovative contemporary dance company Retina. SYDC wanted Retina as their choreographers after taking part in one of their inspirational workshops at last year’s national platform. They are now thrilled to have come full circle and to be taking this piece to Nottingham to perform. Congratulations SYDC!


SYDC photos:  Beata Kosc Photography

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Funding Refresher Workshop

Calling all Somerset theatre makers! Need ideas for funding your project? Want tips on applying for support? Keen to establish partnerships for your work? Come along to our Funding Refresher training session.

If you want to find out about prospective funding opportunities for your project, or bounce around some ideas for shaping and scoping it, book a place on our Funding Refresher session, led by Take Art's co-Director of Theatre, Mark Helyar.

Taking place on Thursday 8 May, 12-5pm, at the Albermarle Centre in Taunton, this half-day training session offers an overview of funding suitable for arts projects including Arts Council England, other public funders, trusts and foundations, crowd-funding and other examples of individual giving. It will include a session on making a Grants for the Arts applications to Arts Council England and provide a friendly environment to share challenges and solutions to your project development needs.

Aimed at artists with projects in development that require new sources of income, we will tailor the session to the needs of the group.

To book your place please contact sarah@takeart.org. Places are £15 per person.

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Dream Nation Has Arrived

Tangle Theatre will be delivering inspirational workshops in Somerset this week as part of their Dream Nation South West tour.

Tangle, an African-Caribbean touring theatre company, work across the South West  - the UK’s largest and most rural region – and in London, its biggest urban centre. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s speech ‘I have a dream’, (celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013), Tangle's Dream Nation invites people from all walks of life to take part in their multi-platform arts project. Here they’ll envision and celebrate local, contemporary society from a wholly multi-racial perspective.

On Tuesday 18th March Tangle will be starting a week of workshops across Somerset. They will be working with primary school children in Bridgwater, a community group in Burnham-on-Sea and will be running workshops in two different secondary schools in Crewkerne and Wellington. During each workshop, participants will create an original haiku (a short Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables) articulating their personal vision for a new ‘dream nation’.  These will be displayed on a specially commissioned, travelling installation created by stage designer Colin Falconer, which will also tour venues across SW England. 

Dream Nation is in collaboration with South West England’s Partnership for Multi Racial Theatre, a consortium of 20 arts organisations, including Take Art, in the South-West.

To follow on from the Dream Nation tour, in Summer 2014 Take Art will be running Word/Play Phase 3, a community theatre project to encourage public dialogue around key contemporary issues.

Click here to visit Tangle's website.

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Motionhouse Inspires Somerset’s Young Dancers

Somerset Youth Dance Company performs curtain raiser for Motionhouse's spectacular new production 'Broken' at The Octagon Theatre.

Motionhouse, a leading UK dance theatre company, performed it's new gravity-defying show Broken last night at The Octagon Theatre, invoking an electric response from the audience.  There was a fantastic buzz in the theatre as the company erupted onto their incredible set combining stunning athleticism and dance with intricate digital imagery and original music in a visual and adrenaline-fuelled spectacle.

Take Art's own Somerset Youth Dance Company had the huge honour of performing on stage with a curtain raiser before the main show.  Motionhouse dancer Becci Williams worked with the young dancers over an intensive 3 days to create the friendship inspired piece T.I.M.E. Congratulations to SYDC for a flawless performance, and a huge thank you to Becci and Motionhouse for taking the time to work with them and create an impressive piece. 

Here are a few of the tweets from the inspired members of Somerset Youth Dance Company:

@durmm: @MotionhouseDT was amazing tonight! And doing the curtain opener was such an amazing experience!! Well done @SYDCtakeart team.

@JodieBray14:  Motionhouse was insane!! One of the best shows I have ever watched!

@MaddockMegan: Thankyou @BecciWil for choreographing such a beautiful piece for Sydc! You were phenomenal in the show! Come back and see us soon

The best part is it's not over yet! As part of Spring Forward Dance Festival 2014 we have a Motionhouse residency starting this Sunday 9th March.  We are offering young people an unmissable opportunity to work with Alastair from the Company in a dance workshop at The Octagon Theatre from 12pm to 6pm.  There will also be a chance for teachers and youth dance leaders to get involved and work with Alastair on Monday 10th March at Yeovil College from 6pm to 9pm.

To take advantage of these opportunities please email springforward@takeart.org expressing your interest. You can also find out more about everything we have on offer with Spring Forward Dance Festival by clicking here

www.motionhouse.co.uk

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Support for Artists: Funding Refresher Workshop POSTPONED UNTIL MAY due to personal circumstances

Want tips on applying to Arts Council England? Need new ideas for funding your project? Keen to establish partnerships to lever support for your projects? Come along to this Funding Refresher.

The Funding Refresher workshop will include useful ideas, advice and news about prospective funding opportunities for your project. We welcome artists to a friendly environment where you can bounce some ideas for shaping and scoping your project, discuss your plans and share ideas. The session will give an overview of funding suitable for arts projects including ACE, other public funders, trusts and foundations, crowd funding and other examples of individual giving. It will also include in depth advice about making ACE grants for the arts applications.

This half day training session has been postponed from 13 March due to a bereavement and will now be taking place in May at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton and will be led by Mark Helyar from Take Art

Don't miss out - book a place by contacting Take Art at 01460 249 450 or email sarah@takeart.org.

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Spring Forward Festival Celebrates Ten Years of Youth Dance in Somerset

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Spring Forward – Somerset’s youth dance platform – Take Art has organised a spectacular month-long youth dance festival across the county at a range of venues.

Ten years ago, in partnership with the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Take Art organised the first Spring Forward ‘platform’ – a countywide opportunity for youth dance groups to come together and perform on a professional stage to an audience and to each other. The platform, called Spring Loaded at the time, became an annual event and soon attracted hundreds of entries so it expanded across three and then four nights in subsequent years, joining forces with Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre to accommodate all the performances.

Now, to celebrate the vibrancy of youth dance in Somerset, Spring Forward Festival takes place throughout March, aiming to encourage children and young people of all ages from Somerset to engage with dance through a number of avenues. The broad festival programme offers unrivalled opportunities to perform on a professional stage, participate in master classes or workshops and watch world-class professional dance performances. There are also opportunities for those who teach dance to take part in training sessions led by dance professionals at the top of their game. In keeping with the festival’s ethos, young people have been integral in the planning from the start and are keen to run a strong social media campaign throughout the festival.

One particular festival highlight is the UK’s foremost dance company Motionhouse in a much-anticipated return to Somerset with a performance of their latest production, Broken, plus they will undertake a schools residency, plus offer workshops and training taking place at the Octagon Theatre.

Somerset venues taking part in Spring Forward Festival are the Octagon Theatre, Merlin Theatre, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Halsway Manor, Regal Theatre and Taunton’s new Creative Innovation Centre, as well as Bridgwater College, Yeovil College, Bridgwater College Academy and Robert Blake Science College. In addition to making the most of the opportunities on offer in the festival programme, young people can also take part by hosting their own Spring Forward dance show at a school, village hall, community centre or any local venue.

Take Art’s Director of Dance, Katey Leader, said, “I’m really excited that Spring Forward has grown to be so popular that we’ve been able to fill a whole month with dance opportunities for children and young people across Somerset to get involved with. Anyone can join in, it doesn’t matter what level or style of dance they practise – there’s something for everyone in Spring Forward Festival. I hope to see the festival become an annual event, continuing to develop each year.

To see the packed timetable of events take a look at the online programme below.  For further details on how you can get involved in Spring Forward Festival click here. Dance in Somerset is truly flourishing!

 

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Flood Relief Fundraising Event Receives Tremendous Support

In response to the current devastating flooding situation on the Somerset Levels and Moors, Take Art re-staged Shiona Morton’s play The Rain Has Voices, which toured the South West to great acclaim in 2006. All the money raised is supporting the Somerset Flood Relief Campaign.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

We did it!  And we would like to say a huge ‘thanks’ to everyone who rallied around to make this event happen, and to those who came along to see the performance on Sunday.

The Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, was a hive of activity on Sunday 16 March as the cast and technical team arrived in the afternoon to assemble the show.  Thankfully we were blessed with a team of extremely talented people who understood exactly what needed to be done in such a short space of time.  As the doors opened at 6.45pm, it was amazing to see a large number of people roll in and take their seats.

“The event went really well and we’ve had some great feedback. The venue was packed and there was a great atmosphere,” said Sarah Peterkin, Co-Director of Theatre.

Although we are still waiting to hear how much money was made to support the Relief Fund, we are hopeful that we are close to reaching our target of £1000.  You can still help by donating here.

A special thank you to our colleagues at Somerset Film, who recorded the performance. This is now available as a podcast. Please click here.

The Rain Has Voices was first toured by Take Art eight years ago, set around a fictional village on the Somerset Levels called Harrow Bridge. Threatened by a major flood, most of the villagers have to evacuate the area. But a few remained, holding fast to their memories and their lives.

Given its immediate relevance, we re-staged the play, as a rehearsed reading, to raise funds for those affected by the extensive and persistent floods across the county. We produced it in partnership with our colleagues at Somerset Film as an opportunity for the arts community to give something back to Somerset residents.

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U. Dance South West 2014 Successful Applicants

Take Art are hosting this year's regional youth dance platform, U.Dance South West, in partnership with Pavillion Dance South West. We are delighted to announce the groups who have gained a place at this prestigious event.

U.Dance South West celebrates and showcases excellence in youth dance (in all forms and styles) from across the region.  Take Art would like to thank all groups who applied for a chance to perform this year.  The standard of applications was very high and our panel had some tough decisions to make!  Although we would have loved to have offered all applicants the opportunity take part, Take Art are excited to announce that the following applicants were successful:

Bridgwater College
BYDC
Dance South Gloucestershire: Youth Dance Company
Hampshire Youth Dance Company
Jigsaw: Salisbury Youth Dance Company
Lytchett Minster School
RISE Youth Dance
Somerset Youth Dance Company
Swindon Youth Dance Company
Swindon Dance Youth Dance Academy - Exeter Contemporary Programme
Tapistory
The SPACE
4DR
4 Funx Sake Youth Dance
South Boys Dance
Cornwall Youth Dance Company

Congratulations to all of the above groups, this is a fantastic opportunity to come together to share work and creative ideas. The final performances will be judged by the U.Dance Panel and two lucky groups will go through to Youth Dance England’s National U.Dance 2014 platform, which will take place in Nottingham in June.

If you would like to support these groups and watch their inspiring performances, come along to U.Dance South West 2014 at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on Saturday 29th March at 6:30pm. For more details and to buy tickets click here

This event is part of Spring Forward Festival 2014, a spectacular month-long festival throughout March celebrating ten years of youth dance in Somerset.

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Spring Forward 2014 Successful Applicants

Thank you for all applications to take part in our County Youth Dance Platform; Spring Forward 2014.

Spring Forward is an exciting opportunity for young, inspiring dancers from across Somerset to dance on a professional stage and watch and be inspired by their peers.  It has been fantastic to see the number of groups that have applied to take part in this year’s Spring Forward.

We are delighted to announce the following successful applicants:

Carlea Theatre Arts
The SPACE
Bridgwater College: BTEC Yr1, BTEC Yr2, D14 Dance Company
New College Youth Dance Company
LA Festival
Junior Festival
Taunton Youth Dance Company
GRAVIT8
Westfield Academy: Yr10, Yr11
Jumpin Youth Dance Company: Beginners and Advanced
Inspire Dance Company
Breaking Point Company
Taunton Academy Dance Company
Helen Laxton School of Dance
Somerset Youth Dance Company
SYDW
SYDE
Kazdanz
Bridgwater College Academy
Jigsaw: Salisbury Youth Dance Company
Seesaw Youth Dance
Independent Artists
Clevedon School
5Feat
4DR
Julia Thorneycroft Dance Young Company
Joe Garbett
SpinDrift Youth Dance Company
Robert Blake Science College: BTEC Dancers
Richard Huish College: AS and A2 Dancers
Digit
Portrait: Dorset Youth Dance
C3
Zoe & Chris
Remix
Bridport Boys
ECPA

Come along to see successful applicants perform at one of the following platforms:

Wed 26 Feb 7:30PM The Octagon Theatre
Wed 26 Mar 7:30PM The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
Thu 27 Mar 7:30PM The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
Fri 28 Mar 7:30PM The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

This is the 10th year Spring Forward has run in Somerset and to celebrate we are hosting a month long Youth Dance Festival throughout March.  For the full programme of events click here

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Early Years Training Opportunities

As part of InspirED Somerset, Take Art and Spaeda are offering a range of creative training opportunities for those working in the early years sector in Somerset.

As part of a series of InspirED workshops this Spring, Take Art and Spaeda are offering Creative Transition Twilight Training in Langport on Tuesday 18 March.  We know that moving from a preschool or nursery setting to Reception can be a daunting time. Our practical workshop will explore how a range of art forms can help support this important time for children, families and staff. Click here to find out more.

Also this March, Take Art have great pleasure in inviting Early Years staff and childminders to find out more about the Reggio Emilia Approach in Early Years. respects children and young people as strong, capable protagonists in their own learning as well as creative collaborators.  There will be two opportunities to attend the course in Frome and Wellington. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  Click here for further details.

If you are a SENCO in Somerset then make sure you a book a place on our two part Specialist Music Training Course. The sessions will take place in Taunton and Bridgwater and will be led by Emma Hutchinson, founder and director of the highly successful Music House for Children. This is a unmissable opportunity for those working with young children with partial or profound needs through musical experiences, learning and engagement. For more information click here.

To find our more about Take Art InspirED events and training please go to www.takeart.org/inspirED

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The Rain Has Voices: Flood Relief Fundraising Event

In response to the current devastating flooding situation on the Somerset Levels and Moors, Take Art is re-staging, as a rehearsed reading, Shiona Morton's play that toured the South West to great acclaim in 2006. All proceeds go to support the Somerset Flood Relief Campaign.

Photo Credit:  Matilda Temperley Photography Ltd

HELP SUPPORT THE SOMERSET FLOOD RELIEF CAMPAIGN

Click Here to Donate

Click Here to buy a Ticket for The Rain Has Voices or buy a ticket on the door.

The Rain Has Voices by Shiona Morton: commissioned as A Play for Somerset.
Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, 7pm, Sunday 16 February.

The Rain Has Voices was first toured by Take Art eight years ago, set around a fictional village on the Somerset Levels called Harrow Bridge. Threatened by a major flood, most of the villagers have to evacuate the area. But a few remained, holding fast to their memories and their lives. Click here to read more about the show.

Given its immediate relevance, Take Art is re-staging the play, as a rehearsed reading, to raise funds for those affected by the extensive and persistent floods across the county. We are producing it in partnership with our colleagues at Somerset Film, as an opportunity for the arts community to give something back to Somerset residents.

“Several of the people and communities directly affected by the floods are our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” says Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art. “Many of them are great supporters of our work across rural Somerset. We want to do something to show our solidarity with what they’re experiencing at the moment and help them in whatever way we can.”

TICKETS: Pay What You Can Afford To Donate. Ticket prices have been set at £5 but we think its worth at least a tenner!  If you agree, then please add a small voluntary donation when you buy online

INVISIBLE TICKETS: If you cannot attend but still wish to support us, then you can purchase an 'invisible ticket' by making a donation to the fund via Take Art. 

100% of all ticket prices and donations will go to support the Somerset Community Foundation's Emergency Flood Relief Fund, which is helping individuals, families and communities recover from the impact of the current floods.

A recording of this rehearsed reading should be available online at a future date.  Please watch this space for further information.

Take Art extend a huge thanks to everyone who is rallying around to help make this production happen.

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Dream Nation: What’s your vision for change?

As a precursor to Word/Play Phase 3, Tangle Theatre will be delivering inspirational workshops in Somerset at the end of March as part of their Dream Nation SW tour. Check out Tangle's launch video here....

Tangle, an African-Caribbean touring theatre company, work across the South West  - the UK’s largest and most rural region – and in London, its biggest urban centre. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s speech ‘I have a dream’, (celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013), Tangle's Dream Nation invites people from all walks of life to take part in their multi-platform arts project. Here they’ll envision and celebrate local, contemporary society from a wholly multi-racial perspective.

After launching at Guest Projects in London, Dream Nation are touring across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon in 2014. Here in Somerset, Tangle’s trained team will deliver a planned programme of Dream Nation workshops and public performance events in Crewkerne, Wellington and Burnham-On-Sea. During each workshop, participants will create an original haiku (a short Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables) articulating their personal vision for a new ‘dream nation’.  These will be displayed on a specially commissioned, travelling installation created by stage designer Colin Falconer, which will also tour venues across SW England.

Dream Nation is in collaboration with South West England’s Partnership for Multi Racial Theatre, a consortium of 20 arts organisations, including Take Art, in the South-West.

To follow on from the Dream Nation tour, in Summer 2014 Take Art will be running Word/Play Phase 3, a community theatre project to encourage public dialogue around key contemporary issues.

Click here to visit Tangle's website.

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Somerset Dance Company win a South Bank Sky Arts Award

Take Art would like to congratulate Somerset-based Mark Bruce Company, for picking up the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance for their incredible production of Dracula.

Dracula sees Bruce’s company of ten exceptional dancers bring Bram Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production.  Jonathan Goddard plays the infamous Vampire Count, whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society.

Mark Bruce, director and choreographer of Dracula, says of their award: "Being honoured in a room full of creatives and artists makes it even more special."

Katey Leader, Director of Dance at Take Art says "It is so fantastic to see a Somerset-based Dance Company getting national recognition.  Very well deserved and an inspiration for aspiring local choreographers and dancers."

For more information about Mark Bruce Dance Company and their work visit their website

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Performance Training with Frantic Assembly and Spymonkey and a Funding Refresher Course

Take Art are offering opportunities for performance practitioners and drama teachers to develop knowledge and skills through these three inspiring workshops this season.

In the first of our three training sessions on Friday 28 February, Frantic Assembly offer their unique approach to creating physical material.  Drama practitioners and teachers are invited to the Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton to enjoy this energetic and creative afternoon exploring new techniques. Book and find more information here.

If you want to find out about prospective funding opportunities for your project, bounce some ideas for shaping and scoping your project or require specific feedback on a draft application then book a place on Funding Refresher. This half day training session is taking place on Thursday 13 March at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton and will be led by Vicky Bloor, Creative Producer, Creative Ecology Wiltshire. Book and find more information here.

How do you make a show from scratch? Come and learn how as Britain's foremost comedy theatre company Spymonkey open up their creative toolbox for drama teachers and practitioners.  Learn how Spymonkey create material and gain skills to take back to the classroom in this practical workshop at Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton in June (date tbc).  Book and find more information here.

As part of a school's InspirED membership InspirED subscribing schools can benefit from a reduced booking fee for our Frantic Assembly and Spymonkey CPD workshops above. To find out more about the InspirED network and to subscribe click here.

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Life Circles Evaluation Report

Life Circles has been a 2 year initiative aimed at supporting the lifelong creativity of frail older people through innovative, imaginative and inspiring community dance practice in the South West. Download the Evaluation Report written by Caroline Barnes on behalf of Core Dance.

Life Circles has enabled over 100 individuals to discover their own creativity through physical participation in dance. Through respect and the modelling of positive behaviour dance practitioners have been able to make genuine connections with staff and residents, encouraging them both to reap the physical, emotional and social benefits of this initiative.

Download the full report to discover the highlights and key outcomes from this initiative as well as the challenges overcome.

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Spring Forward Festival 2014 Programme

Take Art are hosting a spectacular month-long youth dance festival across Somerset to celebrate Spring Forward's 10th Anniversary. View the programme online here…

Take Art delighted to present Spring Forward Festival 2014. Taking place throughout March in a range of venues across Somerset, the festival aims to encourage children and young people to engage with dance through a number of avenues. The broad programme offers unrivalled opportunities to perform on a professional stage, participate in workshops and watch professional dance performances. We are also offering CPD and training opportunities for dance teachers and practitioners.

To see the full festival programme of events take a look at the online programme below. 

 

 

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An InspirED New Year

Take Art look forward to a creative year working with schools in the county as part of InspirED Somerset.

We welcome 2014 in with a bang and look forward to all of the activity and events that Take Art and our InspirED partners have to offer!

InspirED schools can look forward to events and activity including:

• Drama CPD with Frantic Assembly and Spy Monkey,
• Dance & Drama Primary Festivals,
• Early Years Music Training,
• Dance workshops and CPD as part of the Spring Forward Dance Festival 2014,
• Creative Transition Twilight Training for Early Years,
• Secondary School Drama Festivals,
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Including other activity to be confirmed. Keep your eye on the Take Art and InspirED website for further details.

Not a subscribing school?
Find out how your school can get InspirED and about subscription benefits.

For more information click here or call Take Art’s InspirED Coordinator to discuss how your school can be involved. You can also email inspired@takeart.org.

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You’re never too old to put on your dancing shoes with Life Circles

Core Dance and Take Art have worked together on this innovative, imaginative and inspiring community dance project supporting the creativity of older people living in care settings.

The shared belief underpinning Life Circles is that dance can make a massive impact on physical and mental wellbeing, no matter what age you are.  Through sessional activity, training and mentoring, Life Circles project enabled over 200 individuals in care settings in the South West to discover their creativity via physical participation in dance. The resulting film documents the journey of three community dance artists engaging with the frail elderly throughout the course of the project, illustrating the benefits of working through dance, and giving a beauty and integrity to people at the end of life that is truly inspiring.  You can watch the film online here.

Tying in with the launch of the film, Core Dance is continuing the legacy of Life Circles by offering three two-day training courses in Dorset, Devon and Somerset between March and May 2014. This creative dance training programme is for teachers, carers and artists, in partnership with Take Art and Somerset Skills & Learning. Life Circles training is not about teaching dance, but an exploration of how movement and dance can effectively engage with the individual as a whole person and improve their quality of life.  For full details and traing dates click here.

Vicky Jenson, a Care Assistant from West Abbey in Yeovil who took part in a training session, said: “This work is very important for the health and wellbeing
of people... It is an essential activity to help maintain a person’s autonomy.”

Please visit www.takeart.org/lifecircles to find out more about the project, watch the films online and keep up with news from the project.

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New programme hot off the press!

We’re delighted to unveil another jam-packed season of Take Art events for communities across Somerset, seeing you through January to July 2014. On our rural touring circuit we welcome back some popular favourites as well as new faces to the county this season.

We welcome to our circuit for the first time top Devon company Le Navet Bete, with their latest anarchic theatre show Once Upon a Time in a Western, guarantee to keep all the family highly entertained!

Cube Theatre provides further theatre brilliance from the region. This Cornish company invite you to come and find your inner superhero, in Freddy Dare and the Ginger Robber – a powerful adventure through theatre and film.

Somerset’s very own one-man wonders Pip Utton and Nick White revisit our circuit with their excellent and entirely different pieces – Churchill and Yer Tiz, respectively. These two sterling performers always receive rave reviews and are not to be missed!

Many of you will be delighted to know that hot favourites Moscow Drug Club are back – as well as the Cosmic Sausages, after a five-year break! Their colourful music is sure to blow out the winter blues.

Predominantly well-known as the third member of Show of Hands, the highly talented double bassist and singer Miranda Sykes pays us a very welcome visit with Rex Preston. Together they form an explosive duo, making a big noise on the UK’s acoustic folk roots scene.

Bringing the rural touring season to a climactic close we have just two very special appearances from Jamie Smith’s Mabon – amongst the finest exponents of original Celtic music. From WOMAD stages to Somerset village halls, these five accomplished Welsh musicians dextrously move from energetic jigs and reels to haunting love songs, engaging audiences wherever they play.

Our brochure is hot off the press and will be landing on doormats of those on our mailing list after Christmas – or take a look at the Issuu version below. All events are listed in the What’s On section.

 

 

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Visual Arts Training Events for Early Years

InspirED Early Years looks forward to offering an exploration in the Reggio approach in early years.

During the spring term Take Art - InspirED will be offering training for Early Years staff and childminders to find out more about the Reggio Approach in Early Years.

Originating in Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy, this approach respects children and young people as strong, capable protagonists in their own learning as well as creative collaborators.

Working creatively we will explore through a series of half-day workshops how we can introduce the principles and practice of this approach in Early Years settings in Somerset.

Keep your eye on the Take Art website and InspirED site for further detail! 

Photo by Richard Tomlinson.

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Wrapping up the autumn season

We hope you'll agree when we say what a great season it's been! Once again, we couldn't have done it without the support of our brilliant audiences and promoters - thank you one and all.

French circus company Hors Piste kick-started the season with their unforgettable and breath-taking acrobatic comedy piece Ordures et Menageres. After a nasty fall during their opening night, we were hugely relieved at Annick's speedy recovery - she was back on stage the following night, what a trouper!

Other rural touring highlights included Sophie Willan's The Novice Detective, organised in part by three enthusiastic groups of young promoters; Moscow Drug Club's sell-out tour (if you missed them, fear not, they're back in the Spring) and Gonzo Moose who wrapped up the autumn programme, giving audiences a rollicking good laugh in I'm An Aristocrat, Get Me Out of Here.

Take Art's shiny new season programme will hit doormats after Christmas, covering Take Art's many events and projects between January - July 2014. We'll see the return of some favourite folks as well as welcoming new talent to rural Somerset. One thing is for sure - there's plenty to look forward to in 2014!

In the meantime the team here at Take Art wish you all a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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Birdsnest Theatre performance and workshop with Early Years

An InspirED event as Birdsnest Theatre performed their uplifting show - Blown Away to two Somerset schools and engaged with early years teachers and practitioners.

Birdsnest Theatre visited two Yeovil schools performing their inspiring and engaging theatre show - Blown Away and then hosted an interactive workshop exploring small worlds, adventure and what you can create with a duvet, pegs, string and a soft toy!

Local school children at both Fairmead Special School and Oaklands Primary School enjoyed the opportunity to watch the engaging piece of theatre about a story of a young boy who goes on an adventure of flight. The story explores friendship and the power of the imagination. Over 120 children helped the main character throughout his adventure and at the end of the show the children were asked to draw anything that they saw, felt or images that filled their own imagination.

         

Teachers expressed their enjoyment of the performance, the participation and watching the children’s reactions. 

Teachers and those working in Early Years settings were then invited to a training opportunity to explore some of the themes from Blown Away. The workshop included looking at the relationship between the story, space and materials.
Teachers from Fairmead Special School, Oaklands Primary School and Oaklands Pre School, Yeovil College Children’s Centre, Nunny Pre School and Marsh Lane Day Nursery all worked together to form their own mini installations including narrative, characters and imagination!

The participants expressed their enjoyment in widening their own imagination and learning new skills in taking everyday objects and creating mini worlds. Objects including pillows, duvets, pegs, string, soft toys, torches and paper were all used to create four different worlds and contrasting adventures! 

    

Everyone had great fun creating their mini worlds, characters and stories and the workshop created many thought provoking ideas in using play and story telling to take back to the classroom. For more information on InspirED at Take Art and to find out about more events in early years click here.

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Osiligi Maasai Warriors at InspirED Schools

The Osiligi Maasai Warrior troupe entertained local Somerset schools with their Maasai jumping, song and dance!

Students and teachers at five InspirED schools, including North Town in Taunton, Vallis First School in Frome, Butleigh near Glastonbury, Parkfield in Taunton and Preston Primary in Yeovil, were given a very special and captivating experience when Maasai Warriors visited their schools.

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors from Kenya performed a lively mix of song, stories and the amazing Maasai jumping. Children were engaged from start to finish by the Maasai’s colourful and beaded clothes, jewellery and head dress. Individuals got to dance with the Maasai, jump and sing – including some of the class teachers!

Schools then continued the experience into their literacy and art lessons, dance and topic work.

To find out more about InspirED please see the website here.

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Fantastic feedback so far for Get Over It!

Big Thumbs Up for Get Over It! Many thanks to everyone who came to see the Get Over It! tour, joined in the games, offered incisive advice to help Frankie and gave invaluable feedback about the workshop and performance. This includes:

"FAB. Would recommend this workshop to anyone. Loved it."

"Great way to interact with the audience, engaging with emotions and helping people to take part in changing the outcome of the story."

"Really brilliant fun as well as being informative about both theatre and mental illness."

"Very thought-provoking and you can apply it to real life situations. Makes you think twice about your own actions."

"Lovely to meet new people and explore ideas and how to respond to stigma."

"Very well performed and I found it very emotional."

"Amazing and informative day. Have really enjoyed it."

"Really thought-provoking and very well planned. Loved the characters and set. Fantastic workshop."

"Well devised play, very thought provoking and believable."

"I felt participants were encouraged to join in but not forced, which was helpful."

"Very relateable. Fun to watch and participate in. Excellent!"

"Invaluable. Defo want to see you all again grin "

Get Over It! was created for people who may not have the voice or the confidence to talk about how they feel, whether that's disempowered, trapped, misunderstood or ignored. We found it also appealed to a much wider audience - to people who recognise the stigma and discrimination around mental health in UK society and want to do something about it.

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We’ve been CONNECTing!

As part of our European funded dance project, DanSCe Dialogues 2, Take Art's Early Years team were able to offer two bursaries for two freelance Early Years creative artists to attend the CONNECT Conference in Canterbury.

These bursaries offered valuable opportunities to access professional development workshops, hear from experts in the field of Early Years Dance from UK, Belgium and France as well as network with like-minded practitioners. As part of the conference we were able to see Norwich Puppet Theatre’s Three Colours, a delightful immersive performance using dance, projection, puppets, music and movement. Have a look here.

The bursary recipients, Laura Street and Fergus Rougier, reflect on the conference:

"The DD2 Connect Conference was invaluable to me. I was inspired by some truly excellent speakers and performances. It gave me the opportunity to be exposed to and speak to international delegates, a chance I would not have otherwise had. It has sparked connections for my company; we are booking a tour for our first show and met relevant producers/bookers in person who I never would have had the opportunity to otherwise. It has kick-started the next phase of my work - getting it out there to the people it was made for. It also gave me the chance to see current work, something which I believe is essential but difficult to do due to time and financial constraints. It is so important as a freelancer to make connections and get out there - something which can be hard to do when you have to finance everything yourself. I was made to feel special and extremely welcomed by the Take Art team and would like to thank them wholeheartedly for awarding me the bursary and taking care of me at the event."
Laura Street

"I was able to attend the DD2 Connect Conference thanks to a bursary I received from Take Art. Being new to the area - Somerset and Early Years Education - I was able to meet, learn from and be inspired by the delegates and speakers. I believe that the people I met and the ideas that have been planted will be instrumental to my on-going practice as a facilitator and teacher of music and movement in the Early Years setting. I have made contact with Hannah Lefeuvre, Viv Gordon and Laura Street about observing their dance classes and possible training opportunities, and I am now aware of Take Art's project Soundwaves. I was particularly inpired by the keynote speaker, Liz Moran, and her work in putting children and young people at the core of the community and artistic activities. I will research this further and learn through practice how I can integrate music and movement, both indoors and outside, throughout the daily routine of the Early Years settings I work in."
Fergus Rougier

The Early Years element of DanSCe Dialogues 2 continues into 2014 with performances of Geminus from the French Compagnie Ubi in May and June at theatres, village halls and schools across Somerset. Watch this space!

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One week left of Rural Touring 2013

Our autumn rural touring season finishes for the year on 30 November - be sure to catch some brilliant shows this week!

As the autumn programme winds down to make way for our all new spring programme come January, don't miss the last few shows of the season!

Little Soldier in You and Me
A touching, teasing and intoxicating story, exploring old age with humour, imagination and tenderness.

Moscow Drug Club
They're back, to blow moody musical mist down the dark alleys of our imaginations!

Nick White in Yer Tiz
A joyful family show about the quirks and qualities of Somerset, following Nick on his reluctant quest to find the perfect place to live within the county.

Gonzo Moose in I'm an Aristocrat, Get Me Out of Here
Inspired by the legend of the Scarlet Pimpernel, this wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy features three fearless and daring actors, playing over 20 roles in 75 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

RSVP
Partying Punjabi style... When it comes to RSVP it’s not just the music...it’s the mad crazy stage antics, the vibe, the presence and the infectious unabashed enjoyment.

Click on the links above find out dates, times and booking details.

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Record Numbers attend DanceNet

DanceNet event engages with over 50 students and 30 teachers in a networking, workshop, dance platform.

DanceNet, which took place at Bridgwater College on Monday 21 Oct, saw record numbers dancing their moves under the direction of Hannah Lockyer from Rambert.

Take Art Dance welcomed 50 students and 30 dance teachers and practitioners from all around the county. Three dance groups experienced a dance workshop including repertoire from Ghost Dances, Swansong and Sub. In addition to this teachers had time to network, share practice and film GCSE dance breakdowns to take back to school! The event was an enriching platform for both students and teachers.

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DD2 Outdoor Lab call for artists

As part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, Take Art along with Le Phare Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Haute-Normandie, South East Dance and The Point are seeking one French and one UK outdoor dance and performance project.

We are looking for new or existing projects to be extended through this opportunity. Each of the two outdoor projects should involve one choreographer with up to two performers. Outdoor Lab is a partnership project that will result in research labs, rehearsal space and performances in France and in the UK. The artistic mentors for these labs are Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh, (Artistic Director of the CCN Le Havre Le Phare) and Henrietta Hale (Dog Kennel Hill Project).

The project is in 3 stages: Outdoor Labs, Time and Rehearsal Space, and Performances.

For full details, including how to apply, please see the download.

For more information on DanSCe Dialogues 2 please click here.

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The Novice Detective meets our Young Promoters

Performer Sophie Willan came to meet with our Young Promoter groups ahead of her tour here in November...

Mixing theatre, storytelling and comedy, writer and performer Sophie Willan tells a gripping autobiographical tale that is by turns heart-warming, heart breaking, ridiculous… and sort of true. She will tour The Novice Detective to three Somerset venues on Take Art’s rural touring circuit on 12, 13 and 14 November, visiting Langport, Ilminster and Bridgwater.

The Novice Detective plays a particularly special part in Take Art’s autumn programme, as the promoters for these performances are all under the age of 15. Take Art’s Rural Touring Director Sarah Peterkin has been mentoring groups of Young Promoters in each of the three towns, giving them an insight into event organisation, and arming them with resources and ideas to take on all aspects of promoting The Novice Detective within their communities. Enthusiastic Year 9 students from Huish Episcopi Academy in Langport and Haygrove School in Bridgwater, plus members of Ilminster Youth Theatre, have been gaining first hand experience of organising and hosting a professional performance, and encouraged to take ownership of their event.

On 24 October, Sophie and the show’s producer Oliver Sykes came down for the day from Manchester to meet two of the young promoter groups. After giving the students a sneak preview of excerpts of the show, Sophie and Oliver talked with the groups about their ideas for promoting the show and how to market it to their friends, families and wider communities. Some of the students signed up to be young promoters to go towards their bronze Arts Award, for which they need to pass on skills to young students. As part of the tour, Sophie will also be leading drama workshops for the young promoter groups (plus one at Holyrood School in Chard) to build their own skills for delivering workshops to younger year groups. Jess, a Huish Episcopi Academy student, enjoyed the session with Sophie and Oliver and said, “What I’m most looking forward to is the workshop with Sophie and passing on skills I’ve learned to younger groups. I enjoy drama but I’m quite shy so I think this will help! I’m also looking forward to reviewing the show.”

Sophie said, “It was really inspiring to learn how the groups are doing so many different things, from reviewing to promoting, and so passionate about it. By the end of the project they should have loads of new skills to go with their passion for it!”

Oliver was particularly impressed by how the young promoters were working together on the project. “It’s fantastic to have young groups from rural communities coming together for peer to peer learning – they’ve had brilliant ideas and can really inform each other about how to market and produce their shows”.

Winner of the 2012 Flying Solo Commission at Contact Theatre Manchester, The Novice Detective has been commissioned by Contact and the NRTF Strategic Rural Touring Programme, supported by Arts Council England and in association with Take Art. With tickets ranging from just £3.50 to £8, this hilarious and touching dark comedy is suitable for young people aged 13+ and their families. You can find out more about the tour, including how to book tickets, here.

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DanceNet welcomes Rambert

Calling all dance teachers, practitioners and graduates! Sign up for Take Art's DanceNet and enjoy a FREE professional workshop with Rambert.

As part of DanceNet enjoy a fantastic opportunity to experience a practical dance workshop with members of  Rambert. Explore and dance the repertoire of Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances and Swansong with other teachers and dance practitioners from around the county.

DanceNet will consist of networking time; a chance to share information, ideas and opportunities, dance updates and news from around Somerset. Suitable for those teachers delivering dance at GCSE but also appropriate for any dance teacher, artist or practitioner wanting some contemporary dance enrichment. 

A FREE event not to be missed. To find out more click here. 

Booking is essential. To book and to find out more information about DanceNet email Katy Tilley at inspired@takeart.org

To subscribe to the inspirED network and to find out more about inspirED visit www.inspiresomerset.org.uk

Rambert images by Anthony Crickmay.

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Experience A Quest for True Love at Dunster Castle

On Sunday 13 October take a trip to the rugged and dramatic setting of Dunster Castle, where the musical storytelling troupe Adverse Camber will be performing story-walks inspired by their latest show Hunting the Giant's Daughter.

Hunting the Giant's Daughter is an adventure-filled quest for true love, bringing one of the oldest legends of King Arthur vividly to life in this award winning show, "captivating... bursting with drama,  passion, tenderness and laughs.....a tour de force". Storylines Magazine

The show is coming to Somerset on Friday 11 of October at the Redbrick Buildings in Glastonbury, Saturday 12 October at Kilve Village Hall and culminating in a special outdoor story-walk at Dunster Castle on Sunday 13 October.

You can read more about the shows and book your tickets here.

Expose on Sunday 13 October at Dunster Castle

Kicks off at 12noon -1.30pm and 2.30 - 4pm

Experience this ancient legend and traditional Welsh folk songs in the magnificent grounds of Dunster Castle, with views to Wales on a fine day! Michael, Lynne and Stacey from Adverse Camber will share extracts from the story in a unique encounter between legend and landscape.

Suitable for age 7+, dress for the weather.  Tickets £4/£2 plus the cost of entry to the National Trust Garden or Castle. Meet at the Castle Visitor Centre and call 01643 821314 to reserve a place

You can watch the show trailer here.

Find our more about the tour and read the Adverse Camber blog here.

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Apply for a £100 bursary for the CONNECT Early Years Conference

Take Art Early Years are offering three bursaries of £100 each for South West practitioners wishing to attend the DanSCe Dialogues 2 CONNECT Conference.

How to Apply

You need to be an Early Years practitioner working in the South West to apply for one of these three £100 bursaries, to go towards your ticket, travel and accommodation expenses.

To apply for a bursary please email rose@takeart.org by 21 October 2013 with your name, contact details and a short paragraph about your practice and why you wish to attend the CONNECT conference.

To find out more about the CONNECT Conference please click here.

logo DanSCe Dialogues 2: Arnaud-Pierre Fourtane

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DanSCe Dialogues 2: Connect Conference for Early Years

As part of DanSCe Dialogues 2 we would like to invite Early Years practitioners in the South West to CONNECT in Canterbury on 15-16 November, an international conference focused on dance experiences for Early Years, children and young people.

Share practice, knowledge and experience of the making, commissioning, presenting and touring of dance work for Early Years. See examples of some of the best live performance work for children, made in the UK; take part in practitioners' workshops; and hear from industry experts in presentations and breakout sessions.

  • WHEN: Friday 15 November and Saturday 16 November
  • WHERE: Aphra and Lumley Studio Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG
  • COST: £20 for one day / £30 for two days (cost includes lunch and drinks, performances, conference and practical master classes).
  • WHO IT IS FOR: Dance/movement artists, practitioners, programmers, producers, choreographers, educationalists.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER / 12:00 - 19:45 / EARLY YEARS

  • Performance of Three Colours by Polka Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre
  • Presentation from Jo Belloli (Polka Theatre), Joy Haynes (Norwich Puppet Theatre) and Charlotte Fallon (La Guimbarde Theatre)
  • Presentation of outcomes from the DanSCe Dialogues 2 residency – Sophie Jardin from Compagnie Ubi (France), Robin Dingemans (UK) and Lou Cope (workshop Dramaturg)
  • Panel discussion with Ruth Churchill (Early Arts), Christelle Hunot (Théâtre de Lillico) and Hannah Lefeuvre (Dance Early Years)
  • Breakout sessions including exploring touring to rural venues with Gina Westbrook and Caroline Barnes from Take Art
  • Practitioner master class on Dance, Early Years and Health Inequalities with Viv Gordon (Mean Feet Dance)

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER / 10:00 - 17:00 / CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

  • Performance of Shiny by Turned on Its Head
  • Guest speaker Liz Moran (Gulbenkian) on renewing our commitment to young audiences, makers and creators
  • Panel discussion with Amélie du Payrat (Très Tôt Théâtre), Jackie Mortimer (Instep Dance Company), Rosie Heafford (Second Hand Dance) and Katey Leader (Take Art)
  • Breakout sessions including exploring networks for activity with children and young people featuring ANCRE (France); Arts Award 'best practice' models with Pavilion Dance South West and models for outreach and engagement work with Armada Production (France)

HOW TO BOOK

Book your tickets to attend either one or both days of the CONNECT Conference online here

Take Art are offering three bursaries of £100 to South West Early Years practitioners wishing to attend the CONNECT Conference. To find out more click here.

CONNECT is a South East Dance conference programmed as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2 in partnership with Gulbenkian - University of Kent, Take Art, Spectacle vivant en Bretagne and Pavilion Dance South West. DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a cross-border co-operation Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England co financed by ERDF.

www.danscedialogues.eu 

www.southeastdance.org.uk

         

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‘Tone Dance’ perform at a celebration of ‘Older People’s Dance’

The Take Art inspired older people's dance group Tone Dance will be performing in Dartington Space, Devon on Tuesday 1 October, as part of the Dance in Time celebration.

Tone Dance are a passionate and dedicated group of older dancers from Somerset led by professional dance artist Sue Way. The group formed as part of Take Art's three year Step Change project and have been running independently since the project completed in 2010.

On Tuesday 1 October (UK Older People's Day) they will be heading to Dartington in Devon to be part of Dance in Time, an evening of performance, film and discussion around the value of dance in the third age and how it can contribute to the arts and health agenda.

The event will start with a reception in the Garden Room at 6pm, leading into performances and films from 7pm.

Groups performing include Tone Dance from Somerset; Inner Ground from Cornwall; Dawlish Dancers from Devon; A Dance a Day from Dorset and Dancing Through Life from Wiltshire.

If you would like to attend please email Roz Conlon from Activate at roz.conlon@btopenworld.com

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The Hip Yak Poetry Shack @ The Yeovil Literary Festival

Poets from Word/Play, The Thing Is... will be performing on Saturday 21 September at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, as part of The Hip Yak Poetry Shack and the Yeovil Literary Festival.

Just back from a hugely successful run at WOMAD Festival and the Frome Festival, the ramshackle, interactive, comedy-poetry cabaret will be coming to The Octagon Theatre Cafe Bar in Yeovil to spread a little quirky, quality poetry joy. Show starts at 8pm!

Described by The West End Centre in Aldershot as 'as thrilling and invigorating as rock 'n' roll', The Hip Yak Poetry Shack stars top names from the UK stand-up poetry scene and lead artists from Word/Play, The Thing Is..., including Chris Redmond (just back from a month run at Edinburgh Fringe), Jonny Fluffypunk (sustainable nihilist and comedy and poetry circuit legend) and Liv Torc (former Bard of Exeter and winner of Radio 4 SW slam).

The event will include a short performance from participants involved in Take Art's recent spoken word project Word/Play: The Thing Is...

Local poets will also be invited to take part in the yakety yak slam, so please contact info@hipyakpoetryshack.co.uk if you want to sign up!

This event is supported by Take Art and The Octagon Theatre and is taking place as part of Yeovil's first ever Literary Festival. For more information please visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

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Apply for U.Dance South West 2014

As part of Spring Forward’s 10 year Anniversary Take Art will be hosting this year's Regional Youth Dance Platform; U.Dance South West 2014.

U.Dance is a national programme run by Youth Dance England, the national organisation that champions dance for all children and young people. Their aim is for every young person in England to be able to take part in at least one dance performance every year. Whether within a school, or across any other type of youth groups, all performances count.

U.Dance South West 2014, as part of Spring Forward 2014, will celebrate and showcase excellence in Youth Dance (in all forms and styles) from across the South West. It is a fantastic opportunity for groups from across the region to come together and share their ideas, be inspired, learn from professionals and peers and perform on a public platform.

Applications are now open for and we are inviting groups aged 11-19 (and disabled dance groups up to age 24) to apply. You will have to complete an application form and submit video footage of your group.

To find out more and to download the application form and guidance notes please visit the Spring Forward project pages. Or just click here.

This event is supported and funded by Pavilion Dance South West.

    

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The Thing Is… Documentary Films

Somerset Film and Video have put together four short documentary films taken from Word/Play: The Thing Is... Each documentary focuses on a different group of participants and their adventures in spoken word. You can watch the films here!

Chard Group

Frome Group

Yeovil Group

Taunton Group

To find out more about Word/Play: the thing is... please go to www.takeart.org/wordplay

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Look inside the new Sept-Dec 2013 Take Art Brochure!

Take Art has released its new Sept-Dec 2013 programme, featuring over 40 performances, workshops and events across Somerset. Look inside here!

This season's programme also contains features on the new InspirED education partnership, the two year international dance project DanSCe Dialogues 2 and the next phase of the brilliant theatre and spoken word project Word/Play.

You can find out what’s on and what’s going on by having a look inside our new online programme. Just click the document below and turn the pages or sign up to the Take Art mailing list to receive future printed copies.

 

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Merlin in Mendip - international theatre experiences on your doorstep

This September Take Art is working with the Merlin Theatre in Frome to launch the exciting new collaboration Merlin in Mendip, aimed at getting top quality theatre experiences out into local Mendip communities.

Take Art Rural Touring Director Sarah Peterkin saidWe want our rural touring audiences to witness extraordinary shows on their doorsteps, reminding them why live theatre is worth watching and why local theatres are worth saving.”

The Merlin in Mendip season begins in spectacular fashion with an international show from the hugely fun French circus theatre company Hors Pistes and their daring and dexterous outdoor touring show Ordures et Ménagère (Household Rubbish), combining thrilling dance and circus skills, eccentricity, brilliant choreography and catchy tunes!

Merlin in Mendip are supporting two performances of the show, one at Jubilee Hall in Batcombe on Saturday 14 September and the other on the 15 September at the ECOS Amphitheatre, in the grounds of the Merlin Theatre. Take Art is also running a separate show on Thursday 12 September at Kingsmead Community School in Wiveliscombe. Read more and book tickets here.

This project has been generously subsidised by the PASS European project.

Later in 2013 Merlin and Mendip will also be showcasing the critically raved about physical comedy You and Me by Spanish company Little Soldiers Productions, which will be at appearing at The Merlin Theatre on 2 November and at Pilton Working Men’s Club on 22 November. Read more and book tickets here.

You can find out more about Merlin and Mendip, book tickets and browse through all the forthcoming shows in Take Art’s rural touring season in our What's On Section.

To see all Merlin Theatre shows and book tickets please visit www.merlintheatre.co.uk

                          

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Note for Editors:

Press contact: Louise Monks 01460 249450, louise@takeart.org
To request a CD of images please contact Louise Monks. www.takeart.org

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Somerset Youth Dance Company Auditions

Somerset Youth Dance Company (SYDC) is auditioning for new members in September and is sending a call out to young dancers who might be interested in joining.

Throughout 2012-2013 Somerset Youth Dance Company (SYDC) have excelled both as a collective and individually, developing into a stronger, more professional youth dance company, training as performers, chorographers and dance artists.

In July they achieved national success in the Youth Dance England U.Dance Festival in Leeds and have also performed at both the county and regional
youth dance platforms, as well as the Glade stage at Glastonbury Festival.

On an individual level two members of SYDC, Rose Hadfield and Georgia Johns, have been selected to represent England as part of Youth Dance England’s new National Youth Dance Company. Other members continue to achieve places at Dance Schools & Universities with ex-members now at LIPA, Stella Mann, Urdang, Laban, Roehampton, DeMontfort & Bournemouth.

Katey Leader, Director of Dance at Take Art, said, “It is so exciting for me to witness the next generation of young dancers develop into intelligent, professional dance artists.”

Audition for SYDC

SYDC runs classes in both Bridgwater & Yeovil and successful members will attend a weekly session at their nearest location.

Auditions will take place on Tues 17 Sept at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil and on Thurs 19 Sept at Bridgwater College Academy.

Please visit the what's on page to find out more or register your interest by emailing Company Director Katey Leader katey@takeart.org

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An inspirED Afternoon

InspirED’s Primary School platform was a creative afternoon of dance, music and song and included children from Preston Primary School, West Chinnock and Countess Gytha School.

Taking place on 2nd July the children took part in a workshop and were given the opportunity to perform dance and theatre work they had been creating in school on the professional stage at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. SYDC (Somerset Youth Dance Co) completed the afternoon with a beautiful performance and the children were up in their seats and shouting for more.

The event was a tremendous success and next year InspirED will be hosting three Dance/Drama Festivals around the county. We hope to be able to attract up to 8 inspirED Primary schools, per event, giving primary schoolchildren the opportunity to perform on a theatre stage and also to watch other children perform as part of their experience!

For further details about these events and to subscribe contact inspired@takeart.org or phone 01460 249450.

To find out more about the inspirED network, subscription and the whole inspirED offer visit www.inspiredsomerset.org.uk

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Drama Fest 2013

After the success of inspirED’s secondary school Drama Festival which took place on 26th June at The Merlin Theatre, Frome we are now looking forward to scheduling the 2014 Drama Festival for inspirED subscribing schools!

Huish Episcopi Academy, Court Fields Community College, Selwood Middle School, St Dunstan’s and Chilton Trinity School all performed as part of inspirED’s Drama Fest 2013 and the evening included sensational performances by the students. Well done to everyone involved and congratulations to all the students, especially to those who are now leaving school or college and going on to further education in drama and the performing arts.

Keep your eye on this website for Drama Fest 2014 updates. For further details about any of inspirED’s forthcoming events contact inspired@takeart.org or phone 01460 249450. To find out more about subscription, in order to take part in next year's Drama Fest, visit www.inspiredsomerset.org.uk

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The Take Art Dance Team Shuffle

Cath James, Take Art's Co-Director of the Dance Professional Programme has left Take Art to move to London for the impressive role of Programme Director with South East Dance. We are delighted for Cath and wish her well in her new position.

Back here in Somerset the Take Art Dance service is striving, as ever, to support dancers and choreographers in the county by providing professional & participatory opportunities. Take Art will be continuing to work with a number of partner organisations and freelance dance artists to deliver a range of projects, so keep an eye on our website and facebook to see what’s going on.

The Take Art Dance Team

The new Take Art Dance team will be led by service director Katey Leader, who will hold the overview of the Dance service, whilst maintaining her Children and Young People specialism.  Please contact Katey by email at katey@takeart.org or call 01460 249450.

Ralph Lister, Take Art's Executive Director, will be the lead contact for the DanSce Dialogues 2 French/English project and also for the dance and older people's project Life Circles.  Please contact Ralph by email at ralph@takeart.org or call 01460 249450.

We are delighted to announce that Chris Fogg will be working with the Take Art dance team in a freelance capacity to help support the development and implementation of the professional programme as it moves into a new phase. You can contact Chris at chris@chfogg.co.uk or call him on 01308 868531 and 07916 343642.

We aim to recruit a Co-Director to lead the Take Art: Dance Professional Programme working alongside Katey in summer 2014.

Thank you to Cath for all your hard work and good luck!

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Forum Theatre Training

Take Art Theatre is delighted that 12 people have successfully applied to participate in the Word/Play forum theatre residential training programme next month. We will all now be retreating to the beautiful countryside around the Magdalen Project, Chard, for three days in July and to Beaford Arts Centre, North Devon, for two days in August.

Led by Sandy Akerman, an extrelemy experienced workshop facilitator, the training will focus on the creation and use of Forum Theatre to explore stories and issues aroound mental health.

The training is being delivered as part of Word/Play, a two year initiative that brings together theatre, spoken word and digital media to create change. It's for people in Somerset: individuals, groups and communities. Anyone, in fact, who wants their voice to be heard, to feel better about themselves or to make a difference in their lives.

One of the key features of Word/Play is the training and employment opportunities it offers for emerging and established theatre practitioners who live and work across Somerset and the South West region.  Through this, we hope to increase employment opportunities for the future.

Later in the year we will be recruiting a team of forum theatre practitioners to develop a project that helps groups of people across Somerset to bring about behavioural change and explore coping strategies for the tough issues they face.

For more information about Word/Play, visit website: http://www.takeart.org/wordplay

The project is supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales etc.

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Contact Flying Solo

Stop Press: This is happening at very short notice, but Take Art Theatre is very excited to be working with Contact Manchester and the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) to support the Somerset development week of new show An Audience Without You.

Written and performed by Sophie Willan, An Audience Without You won the 2012 Flying Solo Commission and recently received Strategic Touring Funding from Arts Council England. 

Sophie and the creative team will be coming to Somerset next week to work with the theatre team at Take Art, who hope to help her develop the show prior to a showcase at the NRTF conference in July and her national tour in the autumn. 

We're also very pleased to be working with Wadham School in Crewkerne who will be hosting a couple of showcase performances and workshops for their students.

If you want to know more about An Audience Without You or are interested in touring the show please download the attached show blurb.

We'll give more information about this exciting project once it's happened.

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Inspiring the schools, teachers and students of Somerset

InspirED is a new consortium of local organisations bringing the skills and expertise of arts and media professionals direct to schools, colleges and children’s centres across Somerset.

The InspirED consortium – comprising Somerset Art Works, Somerset Film, SPAEDA and Take Art - has been awarded a three-year contract by the Somerset Schools Compact to deliver the new universal arts and education network to which all educators working with young people are encouraged to subscribe.

Project manager for InspirED Phil Shepherd, says “The arts inspire and engage, raise confidence and aspiration so this is about the entitlement of all young people aged 0-19 to have access to high quality, meaningful creative arts, performing arts and media experiences both in and out of school. This is also about making it as easy as possible for anyone working with young people in education to build essential skills, network with peers, book professional workshops, arrange arts and media events, get involved in national initiatives or plan a cross curricular project.”

Barry Bates, Chief Executive of the Somerset Association of Secondary Head Teachers and the Schools Compact partnership lead for this initiative adds, “InspirED will increasingly offer a welcome and vital service at this time when the arts and arts education are under pressure at a national level. Only this morning a Head Teacher from one of our highest performing secondary schools expressed the view to me that children achieve better in all subjects when the creative atmosphere in the school creates a ‘can do’ culture. InspirED will mean many more of those exciting opportunities for our young people as well as professional development opportunities for teachers and other staff.”

More information on InspirED and how to subscribe to the scheme can be found by visiting www.inspiredsomerset.org.uk or emailing inspired@spaeda.org.uk or phoning 01458 254 265

For information on InspirED events and opportunties in Dance, Drama and Early Years please visit the Take Art InspirED website.

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Little Big Bang: Creativity in Somerset

Read the fantastic article written by Dr Susan Young of Exeter University about Take Art's Early Year's project 'Little Big Bang'.

The article was published in Volume 14, No 12, April 2013 of the Early Years Educator (EYE) magazine. 

Read the article

Or look inside here...

 
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Octagon Theatre and Take Art Dance launch £5,000 dance bursary

The Octagon Theatre invites dance companies to apply for the newly created Octagon Dance Associate bursary. The £5,000 bursary is in partnership with Take Art Dance, Somerset County’s dance development agency.

NATIONAL CALLOUT FOR APPLICATIONS for the inaugural OCTAGON DANCE ASSOCIATE BURSARY

This open call is targeted at dance companies (not National Portfolio Organisations) who have made and successfully toured a show for evening performance. The bursary is being offered twice, over two consequetive years, each bursary one running for nine to 12 months. This call out is for the first bursary, to commence in August 2013.

The Octagon Dance Associate bursary will be a unique combination of space provision, financial support and specialist expertise for the development of an artist or company drawn from a nationwide call-out opportunity. Deadline for applications is noon Friday June 21st 2013.

THE OFFER

1. £5000 bursary to support the company/artist in residence, creation of a new work, which will be presented within The Octagon Theatre’s programme and support the range of participatory and audience development initiatives that are part of this project, which include regular artist talks throughout the period of the associateship - ‘Developing the Dialogue’, and performances in and around the Yeovil area in unusual spaces.

2. 40 hours (1 week, based on 8 hours per day for 5 days during the theatre’s ‘dark’ period) free stage rehearsal time and 24 hours production time onstage with the full support of the Octagon’s technical department to produce the Octagon Associate’s new work for performance.

3. A performance of the new work at the Octagon Theatre, with introductions to the network of presenting venues that the Octagon is in partnership with.

4. Organisational development support, plus marketing and administrative support and technical expertise from Take Art and the Octagon’s management teams.

5. An opportunity to develop the Octagon Associate’s professional practice over the year with support from the dance development agency - Take Art. This can include one to one advice sessions, with the agenda set in dialogue with the Associate should this be appropriate and useful.

6. An opportunity to develop the Octagon Associate’s participation programme with support from the Take Art Dance’s Children and Young People specialist, working with the Octagon’s youth groups and local and regional young people.

In return, as resident artist, you will:

  • Allow The Octagon to present a performance of your show at a negotiated fee
  • Develop as a mentor for one or more of Somerset’s emerging dance artists (timing and frequency of meetings to be discussed with the Arts and Entertainment Manager depending on availability)
  • Lead Professional open class when in residence.
  • Provide feedback for the emerging artists platform, to be held in conjunction with Somerset Graduate Dancers and the Octagon Theatre
  • Deliver one professional development session during the Associateship year as part of the bursary
  • Undertake classes, workshops and creating work with The Octagon’s dance community as negotiated with the Associate and the Octagon
  • Offer open rehearsals, while in residence, to The Octagon’s dance community (through negotiation with the Manager)
  • Have an ongoing engagement with The Octagon’s social networking systems – blogging/interviews for the website and promotional material
  • Enable The Octagon to develop a ‘dance hub’ group (which may include the Young Curators Group to follow your progress and become key responders to the work.
  • Act as a advocate for The Octagon and Take Art and their aims
  • Ensure that the Octagon and Take Art’s logos are visible on all company marketing materials

HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to apply for this 2013/2014 Associateship, please send us one sheet of A4 (as a word document/PDF) stating what you can bring to this Associateship, with supporting documents including reviews, images, links to online video of your work, previous touring schedules, previous education/participation projects, and letters of support from partner organisations or venues that have supported your work.

Please send all documents to Adam Burgan at the Octagon Theatre. If your images are large, please send a link to a dropbox or wetransfer.
adam.burgan@southsomerset.gov.uk

For more information about the Associateship, please contact Cath James, Co-Director of Dance, Take Art.
cath@takeart.org

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Soundwaves: An Early Years music network for the South West

Take Art's Early Years team has been awarded funding from Youth Music to deliver an Early Years Music Network in the South West to bring together musicians and Early Years practitioners, preschool and nursery staff.

The network will run until October 2014 providing a series of networking events and training opportunities across the region.

We aim to connect individuals and organisations keen to develop music with very young children and their families in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall.

It is free to join the network and you will receive regular e-bulletins, access web based resources and find information about training events in your area.

For further information and to join the network please email caroline@takeart.org.uk.

Please visit the Soundwaves project page for the latest information on the network.

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CALL OUT - Early Years Dance Commission

As part of DanSCe Dialogues 2, South East Dance and partners are seeking a dance company based in the UK for a new early years dance commission targeted towards children between the ages of 0-5 years old.

This commission would suit a company with at least 3 years’ experience of making dance work with a strong desire to make work for young audiences.

How to apply:
Applicants must visit the South East Dance website for full details.

Closing date
9am on Monday 13 May 2013

Interview date
15 and 16 May, 2013

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DanSCe Dialogues 2 - Entering the Lighting Lab

DanSCe Dialogues 2 is currently running the first of two Light Labs, where eight emerging professionals working in contemporary dance are being mentored by leading UK stage lighting collaborative team Russell Maliphant and Michael Hulls.

The purpose of this lab is to give participants the keys to intellectual, artistic and technical understanding of the relationship between choreography and light, and in particular, whether it can be thought of as a collaborative creative process, from a joint artistic vision.

In this laboratory, four teams of two artists, one choreographer and one lighting designer, will be mentored and guided by two leading artists who will share their artistic experience as a technique to develop the participants’ collaborative and technical lighting skills.

The mentors in this laboratory are the internationally acclaimed team: choreographer Russell Maliphant and lighting designer Michael Hulls, whose work is internationally recognized and has, among other successes, created the award-winning PUSH, a work originally created with ballerina Sylvie Guillem. Participants were chosen by the Laboratory leaders, after an open call throughout the eligible territories - the South East, South West, Normandy and Brittany.

The first day of the Lighting Lab featured a private performance by the Russell Maliphant Company, with a programme made up of some of the most iconic of this duos collaborations over the past 20 years. Michael Hulls will introduce each work and give some background and context for the creation and collaborative process between light and dancers. After the performance, Russell then joined the participants for a post show talk about the works, leading to an evening dinner table discussion.

The lucky participants:

  • From South West England: Jane Castree and Jamie Smith
  • From Brittany: Le Pole – Léonard Rainis and Nicolas Bazoge
  • From South East England: Company Zoielogic – Zoie Golding and Luke Hornbuckle
  • From Normandy: Company Ventura – Anna Ventura and Oliver Shobe

The Light Lab is one of a series of dance sector development activities to be offered over the next two years as part of DanSCe Dialogues 2 programme, an Interreg Iva-Manche funded French/UK dance axis and exchange of practices.

To find out more about DanSce Dialogues 2 please visit the Take Art project pages

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Word/Play: the thing is…. Take Art brings performance poetry to Somerset’s unheard voices

Over the last three months eight of the UKs top Performance Poets have been working with four groups of service users from Chard, Taunton, Yeovil and Frome to help them discover their inner poet and rediscover their self-confidence.

The Word/Play project run by Take Art is the first of its kind in Somerset, using the relatively new and exciting art form of performance poetry to empower individuals and give them the freedom and encouragement to tell their stories. Over 40 participants with mental health or specific learning difficulties have taken part so far, writing, recording and performing incredible pieces of original poetry.

Debs, a participant from the Chard group said, “It’s been amazing, I have finally found my voice for the first time in my life.”

Each group has had nine sessions working with a lead and shadow performance poet, including UK spoken word stars Jonny Fluffypunk, Chris Redmond, Sally Jenkinson and Liv Torc.

Liv Torc who is lead poet on the project said, “It’s been an amazing journey, to see people with absolutely no self belief or confidence go from shoe gazing to writing and performing with passion, courage and genius. This really has been life changing stuff for everyone involved and such has been the success, some of the groups are going to continue to meet beyond the life of the project.”

Word/Play: the thing is… culminates of Tuesday 26 March with a big celebration performance at The Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, where all four groups will come together to share their achievements and perform their creations, many of which will be accompanied by multi media films and animations. Participant’s work is also available to read online at www.takeart.org/wordplay

Word/Play: the thing is… is the first phase of the two year Word/Play project, that aims to empower Somerset individuals and communities through performance poetry, forum theatre and community theatre. The project has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and Literature Works and is supported by Apples and Snakes, South Somerset Mind, Chard Intentional Peer Support, OpenStoryTellers and Somerset Skills and Learning.

If you would like more information, photos or a press pass to the event on Tues 26 March please call Louise Monks or Mark Helyar at Take Art on 01460 249450.

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Sad News for Somerset as The Brewhouse goes into Administration

This is devastating news for Taunton and Somerset residents, the Brewhouse staff, artists, companies and the whole of the county.

The Brewhouse plays a vital role in the arts infrastructure of Somerset and we hope that all those involved can come together and plan a new and secure future for the organisation. Our thoughts are with the staff, patrons and everyone who works for and loves the Theatre and Arts Centre.

Ralph Lister, Chief Executive, Take Art

For more information about this story please visit the BBC website.

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Take Art present a new theatre commission for the under 5s

This March Inspector Sands, the winners of the 2012 Sprout Commission, are bringing their new show Rock Pool to four Somerset Children's Centres.

In 2012, the Sprout commission to create and tour a new piece of Early Years theatre was awarded to Theatre Company Inspector Sands and their show Rock Pool, for 3-5 year olds.

Take Art, Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership, Surrey set up the commission, aimed at creating a fresh and original show that would tour to new audiences across Surrey and Somerset. It was open to everyone, from individual artists, to new collaborators, through to established companies. 220 applications from UK and Europe vied for the award but only one was chosen.

Rock Pool is Inspector Sands’ first show for children. A sort of crustacean version of Waiting for Godot for children that will be touring Somerset Children’s Centres from the 4 to 7 March. 

When a big storm whips up the sea, two very different creatures are left stranded in an isolated rock pool, far from the open water. As their little pool starts to drain away, Prawn and Crab don’t have long to find a way of getting on and getting home. Funny, tender, exuberant, partially submerged theatre from award-winning company Inspector Sands. (Contains loud rock music and splashy dancing).

Quotes about Inspector Sands;

"They are brilliant and reckless, precise and inventive, intelligent and frank. They are kaleidoscopic creators. Don't miss them!" New York Theatre Guide

“A young company with big talent” The Times

Gina Westbrook, Early Years Director, Take Art, said; “Take Art is hugely excited about bringing Inspector Sands and Rock Pool into local Somerset Children’s Centres. With the power to inspire and engage young children and bring more creativity into family life, this show is bound to attract and delight new theatre-shy audiences.”

Gavin Stride, director, Farnham Maltings, said of the Sprout commissioning process; “We set out to find a group of artists who would bring something new to the table and we’re delighted that Inspector Sands have taken up this challenge. With over 200 proposals we have been astonished at the level of ambition and appetite within the theatre community to make work for the very young.”

Rock Pool Take Art Tour Dates - Spring 2013

  • Monday 4 March Princess Hall, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, 10.30am & 1.30pm
  • Tuesday 5 March St John and St Vigor School Hall, Radstock, Somerset, 11.00am & 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 6  March Sydenham Children’s Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset, 11.00am & 2.00pm
  • Thursday 7 March Minehead First School, Minehead, Somerset, 11.00am & 1.30pm

For more information please visit our What's On Pages.

Find out about Inspector Sands at www.inspectorsands.com

Note for Editor
Press contact: Louise Monk 01460 249450, louise@takeart.org

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Take Art launches Word/Play online

Take Art launch the new Word/Play website, twitter and facebook pages, allowing everyone involved in the project to submit work, news and ideas on a variety of platforms.

We want this project to be as much about performing online, as performing on a stage, so this website (along with being a great source of information) will also be a platform to showcase the best of the work from the project.

So visit the new Word/Play website and have a look around... it's pretty lush in a ramshackle and joyous sort of way.

Films, photos and written material will be uploaded to the Stuff We've Written showcase every week, sometimes twice a week... Some of that work will then be displayed via film at the the thing is... performance night on Tuesday March 26th at the Tacchi Morris.

The Word/Play Facebook and Twitter pages can be used by anyone from the groups to upload work and ideas as they happen... that way participants and artists can get instant feedback and find an immediate audience for their creations.

Find us on Facebook

Follow @takeartwordplay

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Dynamic European dance project gets the go-ahead

Take Art are delighted to announce an exciting partner project that will link dance hubs, centres, artists and companies in Normandy and Brittany with those in the south and west of England. DanSCe Dialogues2 has been given the go ahead thanks to a significant cash injection from European funding agency Interreg.

DanSCe Dialogues 2 is a fantastic new international project, eight French and English partners (of which Take Art is one) will be working together on a two-year Cross-Channel programme, offering a unique range of opportunities, exchanges, training and performances for dance artists, choreographers and companies in Normandy and Brittany and in Southern England.

The partners are:
L’ODIA Normandie (Rouen and Caen, Normandy); The Point (Eastleigh); South East Dance (Brighton and Hextable); Take Art (Somerset); Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne (Rennes, Bretagne), Le Triangle (Rennes, Bretagne); Le Centre Choregraphique National De Caen (Basse-Normandie); and Le Centre Choregraphique National Du Havre (Haute-Normandie).

At the heart of DanSCe Dialogues 2 is the aim to stimulate artistic innovation and co-operation within the art form of contemporary dance, specifically between the UK and France. With more than £2.9 million (€3.5m) of investment from the Interreg IVA (Channel) France-England programme, DanSCe Dialogues 2 will promote contemporary dance to new audiences.

Over the two years it will feature a host of cross-border initiatives including:

  • Research laboratories, providing artists and choreographers from Normandy, Brittany and the south and west of England the opportunity to explore and develop practice
  • Cross-border Artists’ residencies, enabling artists and choreographers to share knowledge
  • UK touring of work from Normandy and Brittany
  • French touring of artists based in the South and West of England
  • Conferences across the partnership
  • Cross-Channel job shadowing opportunities
  • The creation of a unique Early Years’ project specifically designed to work across the European partnership

Cath James, Co-Director of Dance at Take Art, said: “Take Art are very pleased to be a partner in what is a major two-year programme of dance sector development not only aimed at artists, promoters and producers, but to really accomplish mutual learning across borders. To learn about each other's different methods of creation, support, development and touring is an opportunity to increase our understanding and appreciation of the different ways the French and UK work within the arts. We look forward to bringing some exciting and innovative work into Somerset and the wider South East and West of the UK, and sending our extraordinary artists across the channel, as well as developing and celebrating contemporary dance in all its forms.”

You can download the full press release with quotes and information from all partner organisations below.

Look out for events and opportunities marked with the DanSCe Dialogue 2 logo throughout the next two years.

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Look inside the new Jan-Jun 2013 Take Art Brochure!

Take Art has released its new Jan-June 2013 programme, featuring over 50 performances, workshops and events across Somerset, along with four exciting new projects. See inside here...

You can find out what’s on and what’s going on by having a look inside our new online programme. Just click the document below and turn the pages or call 01460 249450 to request a printed copy. You can also download the programme directly to your computer by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

 

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Are you an artist looking for help to manage your career?

Do you want to gain the vital skills to help forge a successful career in the arts? From January 2013 Take Art are running skills development days for both experienced and emerging artists and anyone in need of a bit of direction and professional advice.

You may be embarking on a career in the arts and would like some tips and pointers. You may have an idea for a fantastic project, but you don't know where to begin or how to approach funders. You may want advice on working with vulnerable groups. Or you may really need to remind yourself why you do what you do.

"Take Art is always working towards a better existence for Somerset artists and a better creative landscape in which we can work and play. To that end we want to help artists working in Somerset create successful, optimistic and viable careers in the arts. Our training programme is designed to help graduates, emerging artists and seasoned professionals looking for direction, networking opportunities and further skills development." Sarah Peterkin, Co-Director of Take Art Theatre

You can sign up to any of the below courses online (click on the links) or call Take Art direct on 01460 249450.

Workshops

Three Pit Stops to Success...

Take Art in association with Reveal partners (Brewhouse Visual Arts, Somerset Film and Somerset Art Works) and Apples & Snakes are running a programme of three workshops for both experienced and emerging artists and anyone else working in the arts who would like some tips and pointers. These workshops can be attended individually or as a course and are being held at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton.  The following three workshops are supported by the Somerset County Council creative industries fund.

Stop 1: A Sense of Direction - Saturday 12 January 2013 from 10.30am-4pm

Will help you work out where you are now? Where you want to go? How you are going to get there?

Stop 2: Fuelling Up - Wednesday 30 January 2013 from 10am-5pm

Focuses on funding and how to get the right support for your work.

Stop 3: Tools for the Journey - Tuesday 19 February 2013 from 10am-1pm

Focusing on writing a clear and realistic budget for projects and funding proposals.

Also, we are running a workshop in Exeter - Releasing Your Fundraising Potential

Thursday 31 January 2013 from 10am-5pm. Taking place in Exeter Phoenix Black Box.

Taking place in partnership with Wide Awake Devon, this workshop is for individual artists and companies who have little fundraising experience or feel daunted by the process of seeking financial investment. Led by freelance consultant Joanna Ridout.

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Life Circles: Training opportunities to work with dance and older people

In 2013 the Life Circles project offers three more dance with older people training days in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, for dance artists and activity co-ordinators in care homes and day-care centres.

SHARING OUR DANCE PRACTICE on the LIFE CIRCLES PROJECT

Over the last two years, the Life Circles team have been working with people who are fragile and elderly in eight day care and care home settings across the South West. We have learned a great deal during this project and these training days are an opportunity for us to share our experiences so far, looking at what works best and why.

DEVON DAY: Friday 25th January 2013, 10.30-4.00pm
The Mint Methodist Church in Exeter
With Life Circles Dance practitioners Sue Way and Anna Golding

DORSET DAY: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 10.30-4.00pm
Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall in Dorchester
With Life Circles Dance practitioners Anna Golding and Rachelle Green

SOMERSET DAY: Friday 17th May 2013, 10.30-4.00pm
Abbeyfield Care Home near Taunton
With Life Circles Dance practitioners Rachelle Green and Sue Way

Please bring a packed lunch but we will provide drinks and biscuits. Wear clothes you can move in and bring a folder for handouts and notes.

To book a place email Life Circles Co-ordinator Sue Way sue_way@btopenworld.com or telephone 07817 002665

Read more about the Life Circles project.

Life Circles has been funded by The Baring Foundation, Arts Council England and The Guildford Academic Trust. Our partners in kind are: Dance South West, Activate , Dance in Devon, The Foundation of Community Dance, Age UK, NHS Somerset The Alzheimers Society  and Arts and Health South West.

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Take Art receives 92k for new project Word/Play

A two-year theatre and spoken word project for Somerset entitled Word/Play, has been given the green light thanks to £75,000 support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant making foundations in England, and a further £17,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

If you would like to find out more about the project and the job opportunities available please click here.

 A two-year theatre and spoken word project for Somerset entitled Word/Play, has been given the green light thanks to £75,000 support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant making foundations in England, and a further £17,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

"We are absolutely delighted with this news," says Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre for Take Art. "The support from both the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Lloyds TSB Foundation is particularly significant in a financial climate and county where funding for the arts is at an absolute premium.”

Word/Play will be managed and delivered by Take Art, a pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. Through Word/Play Take Art aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities through the powerful mediums of spoken word, forum theatre and community theatre. The project will also provide new training and vital employment opportunities for spoken word and theatre practitioners in the South West.

Mark went onto say, “Issues around mental health and well-being are still met with prejudice and fear in the UK. Over two years Word/Play will give more than 300 participants the skills and confidence to speak out about these issues and create positive change within themselves and their communities.”

Phase one of the three-phase initiative will focus on using spoken word to empower individual voices and build self esteem. Practitioners will work across Somerset with participants with learning disabilities and communication difficulties and people experiencing mental health issues.

Along with Take Art, the two other significant partners in the initiative are Literature Works (formerly Cyprus Well), the literature development charity for South West England and Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word.

Take Art will also be working with South Somerset Mind, the largest Mental Health charity in South Somerset; OpenStoryTellers, a Somerset-based arts organisation that works with people with learning disabilities and communication difficulties; Somerset Skills & Learning, one of Somerset’s leading training providers; and Chard Intentional Peer Support, a group run by, and for, people with mental health issues.

Cindy Moxham the Director of OpenStoryTellers  said, “OpenStoryTellers are proud to work with Take Art and the other partners in this exciting project. Word/Play will help people to be heard and understood in a creative way for a positive future.”

The first phase of Word/Play will start in January 2013. The second and third phases will take place in Autumn 2013 and Summer 2014. The whole two-year project will be available to follow online at www.takeart.org

Opportunities

If you would like to find out more about the project and the job opportunities available please click here.

 

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Note for Editors:
Press contact: Louise Monks 01460 249450, louise@takeart.org
To request a CD of images please contact Louise Monks. www.takeart.org

Take Art is a pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. We do this by providing accessible opportunities for people of all ages to participate, experience and work within the arts.


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Sell out shows

Only a handful tickets left for the Osiligi Maasai Warriors performances this week. Don't delay in booking.....

The Osiligi Maasai Warriors trip to Somerset this week to Hinton St George on Weds 31st is very nearly sold out and Thurs 1st Nov at Charlton Horethorne is now completely full up.  But don't worry they are bringing back this very special concert for one last time on Thurs 8th Nov to Monksilver (EMN Community Hall), Nr Roadwater in West Somerset where at the moment there are still tickets available.   Box Office numbers are given for both Hinton St George and Monksilver on our What's On pages.

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Skilling up the regions arts practitioners

Do you want to gain the vital skills to help forge a successful career in the arts? From January 2013 Take Art are running skills development days for both experienced and emerging artists and anyone in need of a bit of direction and professional advice.

You may be embarking on a career in the arts and would like some tips and pointers. You may have an idea for a fantastic project, but you don't know where to begin or how to approach funders. You may want advice on working with vulnerable groups. Or you may really need to remind yourself why you do what you do.

"Take Art is always working towards a better existence for Somerset artists and a better creative landscape in which we can work and play. To that end we want to help artists working in Somerset create successful, optimistic and viable careers in the arts. Our training programme is designed to help graduates, emerging artists and seasoned professionals looking for direction, networking opportunities and further skills development." Sarah Peterkin, Co-Director of Take Art Theatre

You can sign up to any of the below courses online (click on the links) or call Take Art direct on 01460 249450.

Workshops

Three Pit Stops to Success... 

Take Art in association with Reveal partners (Brewhouse Visual Arts, Somerset Film and Somerset Art Works) and Apples & Snakes are running a programme of three workshops for both experienced and emerging artists and anyone else working in the arts who would like some tips and pointers. These workshops can be attended individually or as a course and are being held at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton.  The following three workshops are supported by the Somerset County Council creative industries fund.

Stop 1: A Sense of Direction - Friday 23 November 2012 from 10am-5pm

Will help you work out where you are now? Where you want to go? How you are going to get there?

Stop 2: Fuelling Up - Wednesday 30 January 2013 from 10am-5pm 

Focuses on funding and how to get the right support for your work.

Stop 3: Tools for the Journey - Tuesday 19 February 2013 from 10am-5pm

Focusing on tools and resources and how to manage, market and administrate yourself as a self-employed practitioner.

 

Also, we are running a workshop in Exeter - Releasing Your Fundraising Potential

Thursday 31 January 2013 from 10am-5pm. Taking place in Exeter Phoenix Black Box.

Taking place in partnership with Wide Awake Devon, this workshop is for individual artists and companies who have little fundraising experience or feel daunted by the process of seeking financial investment. Led by freelance consultant Joanna Ridout.

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Take Art’s Mark Helyar talks Jammy Voo and all things commissioning and new…

"One particularly rewarding aspect of my job is to support companies in making new work. Next weekend I shall be going down to Beaford in Devon to work with the rather delightful, and slightly potty, company Jammy Voo. They’ve been creating Birdhouse, a new show inspired by Hitchcock’s infamous film, The Birds...'

'I spent a session with Jammy Voo just before Christmas last year when they were in the early stages of batting ideas around. Since then, the show has been made and performed at Jackson’s Lane Theatre in London where it received great reviews, described as “a stunning interpretative homage to one of the most iconic British horror films.”

The company are planning to send the show out on a rural tour next year. Which is where I come in. They have asked me to see how the show could work in a rural context. This is about considering the expectations of the audience as well as exploring practical issues such as sightlines, lighting, sound and the all-important question: whether to have an interval or not.

There’s something very special about taking a show into a rural community and I’m keen to help ensure that everybody – performers and audiences – get the best possible experience.

We’re very fortunate: the show will be performed in Somerset on 23rd October at the David Hall Arts Centre. Then it will be going back to Devon, supported by Beaford Arts who commissioned it.

The Jammies describe Birdhouse as “a wonderfully surreal comedy horror, featuring sumptuous visuals, wild puppetry and an original live music score, examining fear, vulnerability and the far edge of madness.”

I’m looking forward to working with them next weekend and hope you’re able to join us in South Petherton the following Tuesday."

Best wishes

Mark Helyar, Co-director of Take Art Theatre

To find out more about Jammy Voo and to book tickets for Birdhouse please visit our What's On section.

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Family Fun Day at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil

Wet half term!!! Who cares? Why not defy the stay at home blues on Monday 29 October with a whole day of fun, creativity and participation for the under 5s at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil - a lot of which is totally free!

To kick start the 3rd International KinderGardens Festival the Octagon Theatre will be buzzing with activities throughout Monday 29 October, as a half-term treat for children and families and a great way to escape the grey.

The morning will include free 'knee high' exhibitions, art workshops and the interactive light and sound installation Lightstream. In the afternoon there will be a baby disco. All families are welcome to attend.

There will also be two ticketed performances of the gorgeous show Kubik by Teatro Paraiso at 10:30am and then again at 11:45am. Tickets are £4 / £3 concs from Octagon Box Office.

At 1:00pm, join Blunderbus Theatre for The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, a show for 3-7 yr olds. Tickets are £8 / £6 concs from Octagon Box Office.

Refreshments and booster seats for children will be available at The Octagon for a small fee.

Book tickets at www.octagon-theatre.co.uk or call 01935 422884

 

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Brand New Seed Fund for 2012/13

Take Art is delighted to announce a 2nd year of Seed Funding for graduate theatre-makers, emerging artists as well as the more established performance artists based in Somerset.

Take Art is pleased to launch the 2nd year of a Seed Fund for Somerset based theatre, dance and performance makers.  

Its purpose is to help the performing arts sector in Somerset to grow.  The fund, although modest, is still an important way in which we want to support and encourage Somerset practitioners, especially graduates, young and emerging artists.  It has been made possible by Somerset County Council's creative industries fund.  

The deadline for the first round of applications is Monday 22nd October 2012.    Download the criteria and more information about the fund below and then..... just download and fill in the application form, also below.

Good luck.  Contact Sarah or Mark at Take Art if you need more help - 01460 249450

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Howjidoo… and give us a tenner!

On Saturday 6 October 2012 local music legend Reg Meuross is joining up with Will Kaufman, one of the world’s foremost experts on the life and work of Woody Guthrie, to perform Howjidoo, a unique and inspiring fundraising show for Take Art’s ‘Don’t Take Art Away’ campaign.

Taking place in the atmospheric, fun and extremely popular Axbridge Town Hall, Howjidoo promises to be an engaging, poignant and humorous experience, as Reg and Will swap selections of Woody and Reg’s songs, using a variety of guitars, fiddles, dulcimer and banjo.

Howjidoo is the second show in the Don't Take Art Away season of fundraising events that will be taking place across Somerset throughout the autumn, aiming to raise £10,000 to ensure the survival, quality and diversity of the beloved Somerset rural touring scheme, now in its 25th year.

Take Art are delighted to have the support of Reg Meuross, described as ‘one of Britain’s finest living songwriters’ and Will Kaufman, a singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Culture, who is the author of the 2011 biography Woody Guthrie, American Radical.

Along with being an excellent show and a fantastic night of entertainment, everyone who buys a ticket for this event will be supporting the work of Take Art, the rural touring scheme and our wide reaching programme of community and education projects in schools, theatres, children's centres, residential homes and with vulnerable groups.

Howjidoo starts at 7:30pm at Axbridge Town Hall and tickets cost £10 for adults and £8 for under 16s. You can buy your tickets online at www.takeart.org or by calling the Axbridge promoter on 01934 732376.

The Don't Take Art Away fundraising campaign comes in the wake of the devastating 2011 local authority arts cuts.

To find out more about Take Art, the campaign and why you might like to support us please click here.
 
Note for Editors:
Press contact: Louise Monks 01460 249450, louise@takeart.org
To request a CD of images please contact Louise Monks. www.takeart.org

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KinderGardens International Early Years Theatre Festival

This Autumn Take Art is working in collaboration with Yeovil Children’s Centres and the Octagon Theatre to bring you the third ever International KinderGardens Festival for the under 5s and their families. Taking place in Children’s Centres, schools and theatres across Somerset from the 29 Oct to 14 Nov 2012, this year’s festival will be jam-packed with high quality events and over 20 live theatre performances.

The Festival will be launched at the Octagon Theatre on Monday 29 October with a Family Fun Day, including free exhibitions, stalls, two ticketed shows, the interactive light and sound installation Lightstream and a baby disco.

Co Director of Take Art Start Gina Westbrook said, “The KindgerGardens Festival is about increasing young children’s potential through creativity. Somerset is quickly becoming a pioneer in early years theatre and the quality, diversity and originality of the 2012 festival will be at an all time high. In fact we have been working hard to find you some of the most exciting shows for under 5s currently available in Europe.”

Look out for Spanish company Teatro Paraiso and their beautiful show Kubik for 1-4 yr olds and their families, exploring projected colours and shapes to make exquisitely sensory worlds.

Théâtre de la Guimbarde from Belgium will be performing The Big Jump/Le Grand Saut, which is set on a building site full of constructions and very enjoyable destructions. Perfect for 18 month to 4 yr olds.

From the UK Little Angel Theatre are doing eight performances across Somerset of Handa’s Surprise - for 2-5 yr olds and their families. Based on the much-loved children’s book by Eileen Browne, this show will be brought to life through puppetry, dance and songs.

The whole KinderGardens line up with venue information and booking details is now available on our KinderGardens Project Page 

You can find out more about the Family Fun Day at the Octagon Theatre by visiting their website at www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

The Festival has been generously funded by Arts Council England and Guildford Academic Associates.
 
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Donate to Take Art

Every year we work with over 15,000 people across the county, providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts. This year we are aiming to raise £10,000 and we need your help.

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Take Art has been working, singing and doing the splits in Somerset for 25 years, long enough to build real relationships with communities, artists and audiences. We are an arts organisation without physical limitations: lithe, sinewy, adaptable and transmutable, able to shape shift into any venue, village hall, school and community centre.

From our hub in South Petherton we run one of the UK’s most celebrated rural touring schemes and services in dance, theatre, music and early years creativity.

Every year we provide performance and workshop opportunities for thousands of children, young people, adults, older people and vulnerable groups. Through our work we seek to educate, inform national practice, improve self-esteem, empower, build empathy, careers, happiness as well as physical and mental well-being.

We don’t wait for the people to come to us, we go out to where the people live and transform lives and communities through the arts.

Last year the region lost 100% of its County Council arts development funding - the worst arts funding cuts in the UK. To compound the crisis tens of thousands of arts designated pounds were stripped from District Council funds. This loss was pretty devastating to our vital work and we had to cut our rural touring programme in half, going from 120 shows a year to less than 60.

Fortunately thanks to continuing support from Arts Council England as well as South Somerset District Council, Taunton Deane District Council and ArtLife, Take Art is still here, alive, acting and reacting, doing fantastic work in dance, theatre, early years, rural touring and music.

We just need your help to keep on keeping on…

 

 

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How deep do the arts council cuts go?

Charlotte Higgins chief arts writer for the Guardian came to visit Take Art a few weeks ago to find out how we (and the country) are surviving since the local authority arts cuts. Read the story here.

Only weeks after British culture was shown off to the world, the effects of the arts council cutbacks are beginning to be felt. Charlotte Higgins reports...

...I arrive in a sun-warmed farmyard at the end of a labyrinth of high-hedged lanes: the office of Take Art, an organisation that brings dance, theatre and performance to audiences in rural Somerset. Its neighbours, in the rose-covered outhouses, are an architect and a blacksmith.

But in the office, things are not as idyllic as they look. The workforce has halved since 2010. Against the wall lie banners with the slogan "We value the arts: against 100% arts cuts", left over from 2010's fruitless struggle against Somerset Council. They have lost around £70,000 a year, taking into account cuts from local councils, too. They still have their arts council funding of £159,000 a year (£30,000 less than they asked for). But the result is that they are providing half the shows they used to. They have launched a fundraising scheme, with hopes to raise £10,000 – though chief executive Ralph Lister is unhappy that Take Art was turned down for ACE's Catalyst scheme, which offers support for fundraising and development. And, though he praises Bristol's Old Vic theatre, with whom Take Art is collaborating, he wishes there were more solidarity shown by the big, national companies. "I've heard a lot of talk about the responsibility of the larger organisations to connect with the smaller ones. Why doesn't [National Theatre director] Nick Hytner call up and say, 'Can we work on a proposal for a rural touring show?'"

One of the organisation's most prominent schemes is its Rural Touring programme. It's a way of getting excellent-quality performances to village halls, and serving areas where access to the arts would otherwise be nonexistent: for 30% of their audiences, says Lister, the work that Take Art brings is the only art they get to see. Often this is quite adventurous: experimental theatre company Kneehigh (Brief Encounter, The Red Shoes) was a regular in their earlier days. Lister points out that, in rural areas, getting in the car and driving to Bath or Bristol may not be an option, as fuel prices rise and pressure on household purses increases; meanwhile theatres in the smaller towns, such as the Merlin in Frome, have been hammered by Somerset's cuts and are clinging on to life.

Take Art offers a "menu" of different shows to village halls, and can subsidise the work to make it affordable – theoretically. In some areas, such as Mendip, the loss of council funding means the subsidy is gone, and the villages can no longer take on the risk. Frances Horler, a retired legal adviser from Kilmersdon near Frome, tells me she has been bringing Take Art shows to her village for 15 years – until now. "We built up an audience," she says. "It's all part of the community feeling of the village." For her, it wasn't just about the evenings out, but a way of gathering people together, and making a few quid to keep the village hall going. Max Miller, from Chilcompton in North Mendip, agrees. "It's a way of people getting to know each other, like the church, or the pub, or post office." Sometimes performers would get involved in workshops at the local primary school. "It's been a strong part of what the village is – its identity." Despite the loss of subsidy, Miller plans to book future shows at full price, but he'll be go for the less adventurous stuff. "In the past, we've had musicians from all over the world – Africa, Eastern Europe – and without the subsidy we wouldn't have been able to take the risk."

The arts are not yet at crisis point. There is no apocalypse, but the damage is real. There will be changes, some of them obvious: a local museum reducing its hours and programme; a local theatre having more dark nights, and fewer shows of real imagination. Other changes will be less tangible: a teenager not getting the spark of inspiration that makes her decide to train as an architect, a village community less bound together by shared experience. Arts organisations are, for the most part, putting a brave face on things, working out how to adjust, not wanting to admit there will be any diminution in what they can do; artists like Alexander Kelly will find ways to make art because that is their life's calling. Walking round the busy, impressive museums in Sheffield, it's clear that those who work here are coping as well as they can. It's still a great place to visit.

But I wonder: how long can you chip away at what a museum does before it starts to look down-at-heel? How far can you cut an exhibition programme before the place feels static? How far can you strip away a staff and still expect them to perform a crucial role in the education of a city's young? What is the point at which a museum, at some quiet, unmarked moment, stops being a questioning, contemplative space at the heart of its city's intellectual and imaginative life, and becomes an irrelevance? The fear is, here and everywhere, that this autumn's hardships are just the beginning: there will come a point when no amount of ingenuity, flexibility and cunning can stand in the way of empty coffers.

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Don’t miss Take Art’s 4 special fundraising shows

This year we need to raise £10,000 to Keep Take Art in Somerset and one of the ways we are trying to raise funds is through four fantastic fundraising events, starring the likes of Pip Utton, Matt Harvey, Eduardo Niebla, Reg Meuross and Will Kaufman. Read this article to find out more...

Take Art is a unique, magical, life-changing organisation that doesn’t live in a venue, or studio or a whacking great theatre but in the villages, towns and rural communities of Somerset. Every year we work with over 15,000 people across the county, providing opportunities for all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts.

You can support us by visiting our new 'Fundraising Page' or by going to see one or more of the below events.

Limited Golden tickets are available from Take Art, entitling you to see all four shows for the price of three at £30. Please contact Take Art on 01460 249450 or email sarah@takeart.org to claim your Golden Ticket.

Show 1: Adolf by Pip Utton

Thursday 13 September @ Tacchi-Morris Art Centre. Buy online here

Adolf is live theatre at its best with a theme and subject that is powerful, challenging and divisive, illustrative and educational. It is utterly provocative and totally necessary. Everyone should experience it...

The Fu?hrer’s bunker, Berlin 1945, the air is thick with betrayal as Hitler awaits the inevitable collapse of Berlin. Pip Utton, looking uncomfortably like the Fuhrer, stands before a huge Nazi banner addressing his party faithful. The 20th Century’s most notorious tyrant is daringly brought to the stage in one of the most successful and powerful solo works ever presented. Written and performed by Pip Utton, directed by Guy Masterson.

“Terrifying, searing, transfixing... It is quite impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed by Utton’s performance. Adolf reaffirms the need and worth of political theatre.” ***** The Scotsman

Show 2: Howjidoo. Reg Meuross & Will Kaufman… meet Woody Guthrie

Saturday 6 October @ Axbridge Town Hall. Buy online here

Reg meets Woody. A unique show featuring Reg Meuross, described as ‘one of Britain’s finest living songwriters’ and Will Kaufman, one of the world’s foremost experts on the life and work of Woody Guthrie. In an engaging, poignant and often humorous show the two beloved musicians swap selections of Woody and Reg’s songs, using a variety of guitars, fiddles, dulcimer and banjo.

Reg Meuross is a celebrated singer-songwriter with seven CD collections under his belt. Will Kaufman is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Culture. He is the author of the 2011 biography Woody Guthrie, American Radical.

Show 3: Eduardo Niebla Guitar Duo:


Thursday 14 November @ Wookey Hole Club. Buy online here

Hailed by The Guardian for his ‘exquisite’ playing, Eduardo is a technically brilliant, fantastically creative player and phenomenal live performer, who has benevolently offered his support for the Don’t Take Art Away campaign. This is a must see fundraising event. Wookey Hole Club will be talking about it for years. (See page 7 for more info).

“Exotic and percussive, Eduardo explores musical avenues that are rarely pursued. For sheer breathtaking artistry it takes some beating.”  The Sun

Show 4: Matt Harvey and The Hip Yak Poetry Shack

Friday 30 November @ The Merlin Theatre in Frome. Buy online here

On 30 November Matt Harvey, writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, will be joining forces with the hugely popular Hip Yak Poetry Shack.

From Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian, Matt Harvey is always a sell out favourite on the rural touring scene.

He will be headlining the ramshackle hand-made interactive poetry comedy cabaret in the plush comfort of the Merlin Theatre in Frome and will be joined by national poetry stars Chris Redmond, Jonny Fluffypunk and Liv Torc.

“...not only funny but tender and true”  The Guardian

 

 

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Somerset Youth Dance Company – AUDITION

Somerset Youth Dance Company (SYDC) is auditioning to find new young dancers who show potential, passion and talent in Dance.

SYDC develop young dancers through regular contemporary technique classes, working intensively with professional dancers and choreographers.

The company rehearse at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil on a Tuesday & East Bridgwater School in Bridgwater on a Thursday and successful applicants only have to attend one session a week. Intensive rehearsals run in the school holidays.

The company has been established for over two years and past SYDC members are now studying at The Laban Centre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Dance Universities.

AUDITION DETAILS
This year we are holding two auditions for 14-21 yr olds. You may attend either audition and you do not need to prepare anything. Both auditions will consist of a contemporary technique class, a street dance phrase and work with a choreographer. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water to drink.

Audition 1 | Tuesday 18 September | 6:00pm-9:00pm | The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Audition 2 | Thursday 20 September | 5:30pm-8:30pm | East Bridgwater School

To express an interest in attending an audition please contact katey@takeart.org

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Take Art Launches its Autumn 2012 Season of Rural Touring

If you love theatre, dance, music, spoken word, great night’s out on your doorstep and the arts in Somerset, then look inside the Take Art’s Autumn programme here!

Welcome to the new autumn season of events from Take Art, promising to be a delicious, rich and tantalising array of high quality subsidised entertainment, designed to make a real impact on Somerset’s community life.

Sarah Peterkin the Director of Take Art Live said, “The main aim of Take Art Live is to support community life and education by bringing innovative and entertaining shows to people who would otherwise never get the chance to see them. Due to last year’s devastating local authority arts cuts, we have had to reduce our 2012 programme by 50% but this season we are fighting back - with our 'Don't Take Art Away' fundraising campaign and season of special fundraising events.”

So what can we expect this season?

This season you can expect an international festival of early years theatre, an incredible range of high quality and award winning theatre, hip wiggling and heart singing music events, fantastic comedy and delightful kids shows, plus four one-off fundraising events starring the likes of Pip Utton, Matt Harvey, Eduardo Niebla, Reg Meuross and Will Kaufman.

You can find out about this season's shows and buy tickets by linking through to our What's On pages or by clicking on the online brochure below.

Look Inside the new Take Art Brochure Sept - Dec 2012

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Take Art and Pip Utton bring Hitler to Somerset

On Thursday 13 September international theatre star and Edinburgh Fringe legend Pip Utton brings his 5-star, globe trotting, one man show Adolf to the Tacchi Morris in Taunton, launching Take Art's fundraising season of events in a dramatic and controversial style

On Thursday 13 September international theatre star and Edinburgh Fringe legend Pip Utton brings his 5-star, globe trotting, one man show Adolf to the Tacchi Morris in Taunton, launching Take Art's fundraising season of events in a dramatic and controversial style.

Adolf, written and starring Pip Utton, directed by Guy Masterson, is political theatre with an international reputation, packing out audiences all over the world, receiving rave reviews and rarely leaving an empty seat in the house. With a theme and subject that is powerful, challenging and divisive, illustrative and educational, Adolf is utterly provocative and totally necessary. Everyone should experience it...

“Terrifying, searing, transfixing... It is quite impossible to be anything other than totally absorbed by Utton’s performance. Adolf reaffirms the need and worth of political theatre.”  
***** The Scotsman

The show is set in the Führer’s bunker, Berlin 1945, the air is thick with betrayal as Hitler awaits the inevitable collapse of Berlin. Pip Utton, looking uncomfortably like the Fuhrer, stands before a huge Nazi banner addressing his party faithful. He furnishes his audience with an acute anatomy of fascism; its ideological justifications; its poisoned utopias. They are in the presence of an utterly compelling idealist, and are helplessly drawn in to his warped logic.

The 20th Century’s most notorious tyrant is daringly and divisively brought to the stage in one of the most successful and powerful solo works ever presented, with a sting so powerful, it pushes the audience to question their own prejudices and intolerance.

Pip Utton has kindly offered this rare, one-night-only showing of Adolf in support of Take Art’s Don’t Take Art Away season of fundraising events that will be taking place across Somerset throughout the Autumn.

The campaign comes in the wake of the devastating 2011 local authority arts cuts and aims to raise enough money to ensure the survival, quality and diversity of Take Art’s work in Somerset, including the beloved rural touring scheme, now in its 25th year!

So help us raise £10,000 to keep art in Somerset and take a seat in the audience on 13th September to witness this once in a life time theatre opportunity.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 concessions and £6 for students.

Call The Tacchi Morris Box Office on 01823 414141 or book online at www.tacchi-morris.com



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Ralph Lister Blog: The Importance of sport and the arts.

What a time. The country has been enveloped in an Olympics bubble that has captured the imagination of the country. Millions have been engaged in a spectacle in the midst of the most serious depression since the 1930’s. Does London 2012 represent a welcome distraction from the serious issues faced by the country, or does it teach us deeper truths about what it means to be human?

Polls have indicated that the majority of the public think that the anticipated £9 billion expenditure was worth it. At a time when every penny of public money is being scrutinised what is the narrative that emerges post Olympics?

Of course numerous agendas, political or otherwise, are appropriating the Olympics and spinning a view that suits – multiculturalism is a success, Britain is not broken, state intervention has a role in society, kids need to be involved in competitive sport at school, graft, self sacrifice, deferred gratification and hard work by athletes offers a counterpoint to an instant celebrity obsessed culture. All of these possess a resonance but I believe there is a deeper message that is in danger of being lost within the prevailing culture. It is that sports matter and I mean really matter. By extension and thanks to a wonderfully rich and unexpected opening ceremony, I also include the arts. The arts matter and I mean really matter.

Tony Blair once spoke about the place of sports within cabinet discussion within his government – usually at the end of meetings as part of any other business. Commentators of all persuasions are bemoaning the role of football, rugby or hockey lessons as part of a wintry games period and positing the view that sports simply don’t work for everyone. Cameron believes Indian dancing is a poor substitute for proper aerobic activity. Such negative, uninformed and most of all such unimaginative perspectives are completely at odds with what most people have witnessed and expressed. The Olympics have captured the imagination of the country and the political and media narrative really need to embrace this one off opportunity to lift themselves into a new narrative space.

To take one example: to hear David Cameron, almost begrudgingly (it’s a lot of money he said) confirm £50m a year to support athletes in preparation for Rio is enough to make one despair. Government department overspends run into hundreds of millions of pounds and government department savings run into billions. There is a deeper psychological flaw at play here. I wonder if most politicians and members of the chattering classes had a miserable sports experience at school.

For the sports people that took part in the Olympics (and have yet to do so in the Paralympics to come) London 2012 was not a party, it was a pinnacle of achievement to which they aspired. For all, it was an opportunity to showcase the effort of years of training in all weathers, sustaining and recovering from injury, resisting competition for their place in the team; all of which require immense reserves of dedication, belief, sacrifice and the support of families and colleagues. They stand in stark contrast to the stories littering the press of failed business CEO’s taking outsize bonuses as companies fail and prominent members of our society failing to exercise proper responsibility and accountability. We owe these sportspeople a debt in showing us the best in ourselves, doubly so when they reveal themselves to be honest and ordinary folk. It is humbling to listen to an athlete, disappointed by their performance on the biggest stage, talking about learning and building on their experience. Such resilience and positivity are characteristics that we should be imbuing in all our young people. So lets not trivialise the impact of London2012.

In which case how might we create a meaningful legacy?

We need to re-remember that our society is not just built and sustained around a jobs, houses, health and education agenda. We are more than these things, crucial as they are. Sports (and the arts) are as important and not simply an adjunct to an already healthy society. There must be a physical and creative activity out there that suits every one of us – we know that physical and creative activity aids well-being as well as reducing the pressure on the health service. Their ability to raise our spirits and to underpin a sense of common purpose, locally as well as nationally, is too important to fund as a desirable add on. They help society to be healthy.

It raises questions about current funding value systems and received wisdom about the resourcing of sports, both at elite and community level. When the public expressed the view that the £9 billion bill for the Olympics was reasonable, politicians needed to listen. Now is the time to invest in grass roots sporting activity and the continuation of the elite sports programme. Politicians need to take advice from the experts and to invest in a sporting infrastructure that moves on from the old school diet of football, rugby and hockey. Why not handball, volleyball, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, water polo and even Indian dancing? Why not invoke some of the positivity from our sports folk and think anew what we can do and achieve, not fall back on old ways of thinking. If the politicians can’t be bothered then support the institutions that can be.

What can be done nationally can be done locally! There are countless examples by which sporting and cultural events are organised and delivered locally by volunteers. All of them have the ability to inculcate a sense of belonging and purpose. It might be the local cricket or rugby club. It might be the local village hall putting on an arts events. London2012 was enormous in its reach and yet smaller examples of the spirit it conjured up happen all the time. The value and role of civic society which reaches beyond sporting and cultural activity requires recognition and a bit of TLC – I mean the modest resources that helps them to keep going and not just kind words.

The role the state has to play – Will Hutton and Philip Hammond have interesting things to say on this front.

The training regimes in some sports, cycling for example, have lessons to teach all of us. The term ‘aggregate marginal gains’ whereby each individual component of a training programme is broken down, analysed and reconstructed to optimise the benefit from each section; it speaks volumes for the way the cycling team approached the Olympics.

I work in the arts and I swim to keep fit (I love it). I was lucky to get tickets for the rowing at Eton Dorney, which I loved and will never forget. I may be on a fool’s errand but much of what I have written applies just as much to the arts as to sports. The opening ceremony beguiled and entranced the nation and delivered what is a fundamental purpose of the arts – to hold a mirror up to our society and to reflect back who and what we are. It managed to encapsulate in one moment that which politicians have struggled for years to articulate. It showed rather than described and it had a resonance for the majority who saw what our country is in a much richer canvass than that of beefeaters and bowler hats. For that reason and the fact that the arts also allow for the individual to strive for success or to work as a team allowing for self expression and inclusivity. There are, of course, important differences. As Ken Robinson has said ‘you don’t leave the National Ballet asking who won?’

Looming large over this moment in time is the clear and uplifting, and yes inspiring, message – we’re better than we thought; not in a competitive sense but in what we are capable of achieving.  We have a rare opportunity to capture the zeitgeist and realise a better future.

RL 15.8.2012

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Announcing the first in a series of Life Circles Training Days

Open to dance artists interested in working with the fragile elderly, as part of our Life Circles project running in 8 Care Settings in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.

The Life Circles dance project is offering a series of 4 Training Days to Dance Artists and Activity workers in Care homes in the South West.

We are now opening bookings for the first of these sessions, being held on Friday 5 October 2012 at Abbeyfield Care Home, Heron Drive, Bishop’s Hull Nr. Taunton TA15HA

Training Day 1

Time 10.15 am -4.30pm
An introduction to Older People Dancing with Diane Amans

Diane is a community dance practitioner with a strong background training staff in health and social care; she teaches this module on the national Dance leaders training course set up by the Foundation for Community Dance and her new book ‘An introduction to Older People Dancing’ has grown from her extensive experience in this field of work.

Diane will share this in a training workshop that covers all the fundamentals of effective practice when dancing with people who are frail and elderly.

Fee £25 made payable to Take Art Ltd (includes lunch and refreshments). Wear clothes you can move in and bring a folder for handouts and notes.

To book a place email Life Circles Co-ordinator Sue Way

sue_way@btopenworld.com  or telephone 07817002665

The other 3 Training days will take place in Devon/Exeter, Somerset/Taunton and Dorset /Bridport area in 2013. Please register your interest early by contacting Sue Way –details above.

Life Circles has been funded by The Baring Foundation, Arts Council England and The Guildford Academic Associates.

Our partners in kind are: Dance South West, Activate , Dance in Devon, The Foundation of Community Dance, Age UK, NHS Somerset The Alzheimers Society  and Arts and Health South West.

Remember, you’re never too old to put on your dancing shoes!

 

 

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Micro Movies - Apprenticeship Opportunities

Take Art is pleased to announce an opportunity for two apprenticeships for individuals wanting to gain experience in digital arts and early years.

These are short term apprenticeships one day per week over a 10 week period and we are looking for individuals who want to progress their career in working creatively with Somerset's under 5's in opportunity groups and early years settings.

You could be a digital artist wanting to gain further experience in working with early years OR an early years practitioner wanting to explore digital arts.

For further information please see the attached document.

The deadline for applications is 3rd August 2012.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss this opportunity further please contact caroline@takeart.org

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Interview and Mini Documentary on Luna: A ground-breaking show about transgender teenagers

This is the third film in the series from Transition Vision featuring artists on Take Art's rural touring Live scheme. This film features an interview with Louise Barrett of 'Pretty Good Girl Dance Theatre' Company and footage from her brave and beautiful show Luna - raising awareness and support for transgender issues among teenagers.

Director Louise Barrett says, “According to official data Somerset has the largest number of transsexual individuals living in the South West. This is a real area of diversity and one that artists, schools and venues are keen to explore and understand. Luna is not just about gender, it is about acceptance, tolerance and understanding the wonderfully diverse world we now inhabit.”

John Holman shot this video at a Take Art show at Sexey's School in Bruton, Somerset.

The film features Louise Barrett and her "Pretty Good Girl" Dance Theatre Company and the male dancer is Andy Burnett. As Louise mentions, this piece is based on the book, Luna, by Julie Anne Peters.

Please check out further films made by John Holman from Transition Vision, who documented many of the artists and shows on last season's rural touring programme.

 

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The Hip Yak Poetry Shack with Tim Clare @ The Frome Festival

On July 11 the Hip Yak Poetry Shack will be appearing at the Frome Festival, starring award winning author and Channel 4 presenter Tim Clare and nationally renowned stand-up poets Jonny Fluffypunk, Chris Redmond and Liv Torc.

The Hip Yak Poetry Shack is a hugely entertaining, hand-made, poetry, comedy cabaret, starring the finest talent from the UK performance and stand-up poetry scene.  

On July 11th, the Hip Yak team will be joined by the award-winning author, Edinburgh Fringe star, Channel 4 presenter, stand-up poet, musician and broadcaster Tim Clare. Tim has appeared on BBC 2, Radio 1, 2, 4 and 6, and is one of the UK's leading spoken word names. 

Along with an amazing array of stand-up poetry, there will be a mini Yakety Yak Poetry Slam for local poets, music, comedy and a special slam winning slot from local Frome poet Robbie Vane.  
We are also delighted to announce a guest appearance from Jo Bell, the prize-winning poet behind National Poetry Day.  

 “The entire evening really was a cabaret of words and laughter in a very laid back environment – if you’re a fan of introspective poetry, the ‘woe is me type’ then this isn’t for you – but if you like the sound of this fantastic new venture, buy your tickets early, it will sell out and it’s not to be missed.”  -  Rosie Finnegan, The Somerset Standard

This is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED event, with limited seating.

Tickets £8/£6 conc on the door...  

 For more info, to reserve tickets or to sign up for the slam please contact Liv Torc at info@hipyakpoetryshack.co.uk

You can buy tickets at the Frome Festival site www.fromefestival.co.uk/search/?Search=hip+yak

The Hip Yak Poetry Shack is supported by national performance poetry organisation Apples and Snakes and pioneering Somerset arts charity Take Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Dance Urban Jam - full timetable released!!!

On Sunday 15 July the Octagon Theatre and Take Art, in association with Big Dance, are running the Big Dance Urban Jam, starring a triple bill performance by Flawless, Boadicea and Rannel with ‘Flhip Flhop. The full day timetable is now available for download here!

On Sunday 15 July the Octagon Theatre and Take Art, in association with Big Dance, are running the Big Dance Urban Jam, starring a triple bill performance by ‘Flawless’ (as seen dancing with Kylie at the Queen’s jubilee and runners up in ITV 1’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’); ‘Boadicea’ (finalists in this years Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’) and Rannel (Hip Hop Dance Theatre company) with ‘Flhip Flhop’. The full timetable is now available for download here!

Taking place inside and outside at the Octagon Theatre throughout the day, this incredible event will combine workshops, showcases, master classes, DJs, a Big Dance cinema and graffiti artists, culminating in a triple bill of professional dance from ‘Flawless’, ‘Boadicea’ and ‘Flhip Flhop’.

To read about the full event go to our What's On section

You can buy tickets by calling the Box Office on (01935) 422884 or by visiting www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

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Call Out: Design the logo for the European project DanSCe Dialogues 2?

Can you design a logo for a new international dance project? The partners of the European project DanSCe Dialogues 2 are calling for entries for the creation of their new logo and offering a €500 prize for the winning design.

This call is open to independent artists (visual artists, photographers, designers, illustrators, typographers), a group of artists, students of schools of Fine Arts.

The winning entry will be used as the basis for all branding for the two-year project and will be displayed on all media and communications for the DanSCe Dialogues 2 programme of events and activities.

DanSCe Dialogues 2

DanSCe Dialogues 2 is an international dance project that aims to foster sustainable conditions to support Franco/British contemporary dance professionals across the dance sector.

The project will take place between October 1, 2012 and October 31, 2014.

Regional agencies for artistic development, production venues, touring venues and one university will work to stimulate artistic innovation and cooperation specifically between France and the UK and enable the creation of development schemes on both sides of the channel.

The winning entry will be selected by a jury consisting of members of the partner organisations.

The nine project partners are:
• L’ODIA Normandie (Rouen et Caen, Normandie)
• The Point (Eastleigh, Hampshire)
• South East Dance (Brighton, Sussex)
• Take Art (South Petherton, Somerset)
• ICIA / University of Bath (Bath, Somerset)
• Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne (Rennes, Bretagne)
• Le Triangle, cité de la danse (Rennes, Bretagne)
• Le Centre chorégraphique national de Caen / Basse-Normandie,
• Le Phare, Centre chorégraphique national du Havre / Haute-Normandie.

The Closing date for submission is 15 September 2012.

Please download the full project brief and logo guidelines below.

To find out more about DanSCe Dialogues 2 by visiting L’Odia website www.odianormandie.com

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