Information on current and previous participation projects.
Alongside our main artistic programme, Improbable run Participation Projects that explore ideas and processes from the company’s work. We aim to work with a range of different people, who sometimes have had little or no experience of the arts. We work with people from a range of backgrounds and ages from within and without the theatre community.
We, use spaces such as local libraries, to connect with people who may not normally encounter theatre in its traditional sense. Working in this way is at the heart of how Improbable works.
Improbable is currently collaborating on Singing Our Lives 2018, a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week. The project brings together an extraordinary range of partners including IOM- the UN Migration Agency, Freedom from Torture, The Royal Opera House, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Mixed Up Chorus, the Sing for Freedom Choir, Woven Gold and Stile Antico. It takes place on 1st July at the Barbican – you can find out more here.
In Jan – March 2018, Improbable Associate Artists Guy Dartnell and Alex Murdoch facilitated a series of improvisation workshops with a group of older people from Islington, working alongside a group of design students from Central St Martin’s. There were two sharings of their work at the Platform Theatre in King’s Cross, alongside a Devoted & Disgruntled satellite exploring how we can collaborate better on social engaged work. The project was presented in partnership with Central St Martin’s, All Change, Claremont and Islington Giving. You can see more about it in Monica Alcazar-Duarte’s film, here.
In Autumn 2015, Improbable worked with Church Street Library to develop an ensemble of local young people who worked with Improbable over eight weeks before presenting a final performance in Church Street Library. The performance took the audience on an alternative tour of the library, inspired by our discovery that a theatre stood on the site of Church Street Library for a hundred years from the mid-19th century. Funded by Westminster Council through the Church Street Ward Councillors fund, this project was part of Made In Libraries, a Westminster initiative to support more live performance in libraries across the borough.
Improbable ran an adult community theatre group at St. John’s Wood Library, plus worked with library staff and volunteers on a training and consultation programme. The performance created with the community group was presented in a double bill with Improbable’s show Animo, and the professional and community shows shared the same props and objects. An Open Space event facilitated by Improbable for Tri-borough library staff provided an opportunity for them to exchange ideas and information about running future cultural events.
Building on the success of Impro For All, Impro For Elders worked with over twenty 60+ people local to Church Street in Westminster to explore improvisation and story telling. The project was a partnership with Church Street Library and aimed to give older people from the Church Street area access to the shared experience of improvising together.
Project Directors Andre Pink and Caroline Williams worked with the group to create a performance shown at The Cockpit in a double bill with Improbable’s improvised show Lifegame.
This project was funded by Create Church Street, part of the Church Street Futures Regeneration programme, and Arts Council England.
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