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Culture @ Home- week 10 – Learn to Beatbox with Ru of The Beatbox Collective

This week we were lucky enough to be joined by Ru of The Beatbox Collective.  In our tenth session, Rupert led us through a series of demonstrations and exercises so that everyone can master the basics of beatboxing.

 

If you were unable to make the session then why not use our recording of the session to give it a go at home!

 

 

Week 9: Chroma Harp – (Family) A Magical Musical Journey Around the World

This week we were lucky enough to travel around the world with classical music duo, Chroma Harp who led us through a wonderful interactive performance exploring music from disparate parts of the world.

 

If you were not lucky enough to join us live then you can join along at home whenever you like thanks to this recording of the session.  To find out more about Chroma Harp and to follow them on facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/Chromaharp/

Week 8 – Alys Williams (Sardines Theatre) – Family Physical Theatre and Puppets

This week we had a session run by theatre-maker, Alys Williams where participants had a great time dancing like a monkey, a lobster, and a host of other animals, getting rained on by money, having a wash, and having a go at making some simple puppets.

If you were unable to make our session then why not join along at home with our live recorded workshop?

To have a go at making the puppets you will need:

clothes peg, scarf, or towel, round hard disk, paper, scissors and single-sided tape

This is a family-focused session suitable for all ages

Shared with Us: Puppets

Our most recent workshop was led by the great Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus where she taught participants to have a go at making their own puppets out of junk and other materials they can find around the home.  We are lucky enough that some of our participants were happy to share with us what they made during Wednesday 1st July’s session.

Penelope Puppet made during our session by Shirley Accini
Penelope Puppet made by Shirley Accini
Puppet by Rose Popay
Puppet made during our session by Rose Popay and Mum

 

 

 

 

 

Shared with us: Sonnet

We’ve been lucky enough that during our Culture @ Home programme some of our participants have felt confident and kind enough to share what they have worked on during our sessions with us.  Below is a sonnet that was shared to us by Sara-Jane Arbury after attending our session run by novelist and creative writing tutor, Sarah Bowers.  Participants were asked to collect 14 objects from around their homes without identifiers and use them to construct their work.

 

Sonnet written in Sarah Bower’s Sonnet Writing workshop on 24th June 2020

 

The chattering mouth opens and closes,

Pegs words to lines, thoughts flap, memories come,

My nan clicks her needles and a jumper appears,

My dad clips his tape measure to his faded jeans,

I strain tea for a friend from a perforated house,

An empty beer bottle still smells of swilled cheer,

Then the lightbulb blows, mushroom cloud,

A mash-up from spark to dark drawers, corners,

We dust shadows before the hidden power

In our nipppled, tubed bodies leaks out,

Beaded water clings to plugs, will not flow

On an Earth so functional, tight and compact,

Cut new shapes from the rolled-out world,

A star, a donkey, a snowman, a bird.

 

Sara-Jane Arbury

 

Household items used:

Potato masher, tape measure, toenail scissors, knitting needles, light bulb, empty beer bottle, AA battery, screwdriver, bathroom plug, toothbrush, peg, tea strainer, duster, pastry cutter

 

 

If you have been inspired and would like to have a go yourself just visit our VIDEOS section and do the workshop at home in your own time, we would love to see you results and share them here!

Week 6 – Steph Reeves (Gynormous Rawkus) – Junk Puppets

It’s week 6 of our Culture @ Home programme and we were lucky enough to have Steph Reeves of Gynormous Rawkus  join us this week to show us how to make a puppet out of the junk you have lying around at home and a few other materials.

This week is doubly special as our session took place as part of Children’s Art Week, a two-week celebration of free activities for children.

Our Culture at Home sessions as made possible thanks to Arts Council England Emergency Response funding, which has enabled us to pay creatives to share their talents with you at home, making it free for you!  We still have 7 sessions coming up, with each one being suitable for children, so to find out more and book a session (always at 2pm on a Wednesday), visit liveartlocal.co.uk/culture-home

 

To join this session you will need:

Cardboard; pens; scraps of paper or fabric; carrier bags; newspaper; tape (preferably double-sided and masking).  Pipe cleaners and other scraps are also very useful!

 

 

 

NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDED

Week 5 – Sarah Bower – Write a Domestic Sonnet

Our fifth Culture@Home session featured novelist and creative writing tutor, Sarah Bower who facilitated a session on writing a sonnet inspired by the domestic objects that surround us.

Our Culture @ Home sessions are made possible thanks to Emergency Arts Council funding that enables us to pay the workshop leaders, all other work is done for free by Live Art Local.

 

If you missed this session you can access it below, along with the slides and Chat text that breaks down the activity for those with hearing impairments:

The English Sonnet.

session chat

 

free digital photos.net theatre curtain image

Micro Commission: Micro Performance – Culture @ Home

Liv Art Local CIC are excited to announce our latest opportunity for creatives in the UK.  With news that live performance still cannot take place, but that soon families will be able to spend more time with friends and family members outside of their home, we are looking to commission a micro play/performance (between 5-10 minutes in length), that can be performed by a group of socially distanced people at home without any prior experience or training.

We view this as a great way to bring theatre into the home this summer and to bond people by creating something together, we are also keen to support UK talent, although we can only offer a modest sum of £250, and to take their work to a wider audience.

We will be inviting people to share their performances with us if they feel happy to share and we hope to be able to upload some of these to our website in the months ahead.

This opportunity is open to all creatives, whether from a theatre, writing, art, music, or dance background, and can take the form of a mirco play, a way of creating music/sound together, or a movement piece.

It is up to you how you convey this, however, all works must be on the theme of connection.

To apply for this opportunity please fill out our brief application form and submit an outline of your idea (max 250 words).  The deadline is the 7th August and we will contact the selected applicant by 10th August and would look to have the work, whether that be a script, a video lesson, a sheet of instructions etc. .. completed and uploaded to our website by 22nd August.

 

If you would rather you can send a video application via WeTransfer to us at help@liveartlocal.co.uk using the application form questions, and up to 5 minutes to explain your idea.

Payment will be made the following Friday (28th August) via Paypal or bank payment.

 

Culture @ Home week 4: Sarah Gane – Cut + Paste Zine Making

For the forth week of our Culture @ Home sessions we were joined by magazine editor and art director Sarah Gane for her zine making workshop.  If you were unable to make the session, or if you just want a refresher, you can access this workshop below:

 

For those who attended the workshop and would like to access the slides, please find them below:

slides for Cut + Paste ZINE workshop_SarahGane

 

Our Culture @ Home programme has been supported by Arts Council England through Emergency Response funding.  You can book sessions until 19th August when our final session runs!

To find out more and book visit liveartlocal.co.uk/culture-home

Culture @ Home week 3: Rosa Torr – Playwrighting for ZOOM performance

Join playwright and dramaturg, Rosa Torr as she hosts a workshop focused on writing for performance over ZOOM.  This session uses automatic writing exercises and gets the writer to think about how they can use the medium as a core part of the storytelling experience.  Due to its length it does not get down to the minutiae of writing for Zoom but seats it within the general framework for writing for performance, because of this the workshop may be best for those newer to playwrighting.