Reaching out to you, and you, and you...
Theatre is an under-rated and incredible device that has the power to shape and influence lives forever. It is a source of entertainment that is often misconceived as primarily for the elite, however, it is our mission to change this perception and to try and make theatre as accessible as possible. We do this not only by creating original and stimulating theatre pieces but also by delivering workshops to young people; by presenting drama and theatre as an engaging and exciting experience we hope to open doors for many young people whilst also creating opportunities for them to enter the performing arts worlds as best we can.
All of our outreach and participatory work is coordinated by David and Monae, who also lead our team of dedicated freelance facilitators. Combined with the rest of the S+K team, we have extensive knowledge in: acting (stage and film), playwriting, poetry writing, dramaturgy, spoken word + performance poetry, physical theatre, filmmaking, photography, and creative producing.
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We're always on the lookout to take our workshops and masterclasses to different parts of the UK, enabling people across the country to access the arts like never before. If you'd like to hire us to bring our work to your school, college, university, PRU, community centre, theatre or your nan's allotment, get in touch via the form below.
PLAY IN A WEEK
We've been partnering with Spotlight for almost a year and a half, working with young people in their centres across East London to deliver an extensive range of creative projects for free, open to 11-19 year olds who live in the area.
We lead weekly term-time workshops and half-term courses, varying from drop-in sessions to intensive devising productions, and in Summer 2017 we somehow managed to put together a rather brilliant Play in a Week.
Led by our Outreach Coordinator David Gilbert and performance poet Ruth Sutoye, the duo worked intensively with a group of sixteen young people to develop a 20-minute piece based off of nothing but the creative ideas of the young participants. We believe in giving young people the autonomy to create without limitations (within reason), and this project encapsulated this ethos perfectly – the end result was a fusion of physical theatre, dark comedy, improvisation and performance poetry. Check out the video below to get an insight of the process...
LET'S BE HEARD
Over the first two weeks of August 2016 we worked with young people between 11-19 years old with a passion for performing arts to be apart of our two week summer workshop programme devising material for a performance on the 12th August.
We created a short play from scratch our three to four hour long sessions, combining skills and conventional drama techniques with personal experiences to form a narrative. Through discussing topics that young people face day to day and exploring these themes creatively we generated material to create an insightful and thought-provoking show.
We believe that it's vital that young people have their opinions voiced at all times and we continuously aim to be a platform for them - and other voices often silenced in society - to be heard. Let's Be Heard vocalised our mission perfectly, as we feel that we have bridged another gap to further make the arts for everyone.
On 30th October Malakai led a workshop with a group of 14-18 year olds focusing on our theme of Deconstructing Blackness. Over the course of three hours, they discussed and expressed the themes of culture, identity and being black in Britain through the mediums of spoken word and written poetry and rap. Through a series of engaging and thought-provoking sessions we took apart the idea of black history and black history month and see how it can be applied in a modern context, using art as a means of expressing ourselves. The young people wrote several pieces of poetry and raps individually, even those who had never written before!
As a part of our Deconstructing Blackness season, Malakai, and member of The S+K Team Helena Okungbowa, gave talks in assemblies for local secondary schools in North London for our contribution to Black History Month. On behalf of the company, they spoke on the issues surrounding the concept of Black History Month - why it's not enough for black history to be restricted to a month, how we speak about our identity today and they both performed their own poems based on these themes.
THE INCREDIBLE TALE OF MWINDOW
From 3rd-15th August, Malakai and Steven were given the incredible opportunity to write and direct the production for the intensive two week summer course at Haringey Shed, in association with the Royal Court Theatre. They worked with young people from 11 to 18 years old of all backgrounds, varying abilities and experience to create a brand new play, The Incredible Tale of Mwindow.
Despite the long days and hard work, both the young people and staff team kept up the enthusiasm and energy needed for such a project and it was a great success! It was a joy to see the young people develop so much as performers and people in such a short space of time and their dedication and hard work is something that deserves to be recognised. Seeing the young people grow and be unafraid to show their passion for drama and performance was heart-warming and we thank Haringey Shed for allowing us to help make the arts for everyone!
HARINGEY SIXTH FORM CENTRE
Our second workshop was delivered on 16th June 2015 at Haringey Sixth Form Centre to an ambitious bunch of around 50 students in their theatre. Organised by students studying the business course, the aim of their event was to tackle racism and The S+K Project were invited to lead a workshop on the theme. The workshop was led by Malakai, based around a poem that he wrote on racism. The students involved study a variety of courses across the centre yet were engaged and interested in the workshop, despite them not necessarily being exposed to poetry before. We were delighted that we could link such a controversial theme to poetry and really explore how the arts can be a vehicle to provoke thought and stimulate change.
Our first ever inclusive performing arts workshop took place at Haringey Shed on 27th April 2015, led by Malakai and Steven alongside Creative Associates, Korey and Eva. Haringey Shed is an inclusive theatre company based in north London who share our beliefs that theatre is an art form in which everyone has a part to play. The S+K Team led a session with young people of all abilities and backgrounds from 11-18 years old, leading games, activities and devising creative scenes together. We believe that theatre is a tool that should be used to educate and entertain everyone and, by delivering workshops with organisations like Haringey Shed, we are able to fulfil our goal and make the arts for everyone.
Photos courtesy of Belle Vickers-Graver.
Photos courtesy of Belle Vickers-Graver.