#InspiringFutureTheatre

On #InspiringFutureTheatre Day, here’s our Learning & Access Officer Laurence Young on our recent and current programme, projects and plans:

‘We love #InspiringFutureTheatre Day! We’re dead proud of our Learning work, as it’s in the bones of the company; where we came from and what we do to inspire the next generation of makers. This industry wouldn’t be anything without the young mavericks, innovators, and change makers that are pushing us all forward, so here are some highlights of the work we’ve done recently to help inspire the future of theatre.

 

In 2019 we worked with a group of early-career artists at Theatre in the Mill, Bradford, to workshop our attempts to recreate Night of the Living Dead shot-for-shot live on stage. This exploration was integral to the creation of our most recent touring production, Night of the Living Dead – Remix.

 

Earlier this year we started the process of making Street. We travelled the length of Cumbria, listening to local people’s stories of the region over generations, which will feature in a multi-media walk-through exhibition later this year at Brewery Arts Centre. You can read more about that process here

 

During lockdown we’ve been working with two sets of students at different universities. In Utrecht, Netherlands, we’ve been creating an interactive digital game that has majorly shaped the way we curate our digital engagement work. Fragments of a Visitor can be played here. Closer to home, we’ve been working with students from the University of Salford, delivering a series of online Q+As aiming to provide additional professional development opportunities to students that have had their studies altered by the ongoing pandemic, as well as designing a new digital module for the next academic year that builds from our recent BBC Culture in Quarantine Commission Airlock.

 

This moment has given us time to reflect on how we do our learning and outreach work, and we feel a great deal of excitement at how we can take our digital expertise and use it to create more open and extensive learning opportunities. We’re always open to hearing ideas and talking to other great people/organisations who are sharing their practice and opportunities, so please do get in touch with us at laurence@imitatingthedog.co.uk if you’d like to chat!’

Laurence Young

July 2020