Through the use of workshops and other developmental activity we can take any subject matter and create an exciting learning environment. We base our Nutty Ideas on the vision that theatre and music can be used to open people’s minds to different areas. We aim to achieve this by working closely with the specific company’s requirements, by taking any subject matter and turning it into an exciting and engaging experience. Participants are able to view subject matter with a completely different perspective.
When working on heritage projects, we use fabulous local resources such as Hampshire Archives and other local museums to bring to life the people and the culture of the bygone age.
During our final year of the EDGE Together project we met the Middle Wallop Youth Club who expressed an interest in wanted to get creative and have their voices heard. Using film and drama to explore issues of self worth/confidence and life as a young person from an army family, living on a rural army base, this group:
- Worked with 3 workshop leaders in drama & photography/film
- Learnt new skills by developing a wider social understanding and having the opportunity to share personal experiences with their peers in a safe and supportive environment
- Enabled them to work towards changing perceptions of those around them whilst at the same time building positive, healthy feelings of self-esteem
- Worked collaboratively with DNTC to create photomontage self-portraits, which they felt most reflected them
- Developed characters and the story for a short film
The photographs and short film will form an installation at the Middle Wallop Community Centre to which special guests, friends and family will be invited. It is hoped that the short film will then be circulated by the Army Families Federation to offer support to other young people who find they are experiencing similar feelings to those in Middle Wallop. The film will finish by giving it’s audience contact details where they can get further advice and guidance.
The Heroes Storybook (EDGE Y3)
The EDGE Project, an initiative of Hampshire Museums & Galleries and The Discarded Nut Theatre Company offered young people aged between 14-24 an incredible opportunity to get involved with Year 3 of the EDGE Together Company.
Drawing participants from families in the Armed Forces (Portsmouth - Navy; Aldershot & Bordon - Army; Odiham - Royal Air Force) and from their surrounding communities, they became part of an inspirational drama and music project funded by the Ministry of Defence’s Community Covenant.
Through sharing the experiences and opinions of these different young people, we explored the participant’s understanding of what a hero is, who they know who has been heroic and the nature of the sacrifice that person has made. The EDGE Together Company united the four groups as they helped in creating the script, characters and music for a high quality, vibrant theatrical play - The Heroes Storybook - which was performed in each of their home towns.
- Portsmouth - Saturday 7th December 2013
- Bordon - Sunday 8th December 2013
- Odiham - Saturday 14th December 2013
- Aldershot - Sunday 15th December 2013
Write Here, Right Now (EDGE Y2)
Over a series of 10 drama based workshops, the EDGE Together Company aged 14 - 24, will look at the influence of English authors, with particular reference to those who have had a special relationship with the South of England. Such authors as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Canon Doyle etc... will help the group to consider the position, styles and affects that these writers have had on our culture. They will also look at well known heroes and heroines as well as notorious villains, exploring what the vital ingredients are that have secured these protagonists their places in both our literary and cultural history.
The script will be a new piece of writing which will draw together all the research and writing undertaken by the young people during the first 10 week period.
- Winchester Discovery Centre - 1st & 2nd December 2012
Funded by Hampshire County Council and devised by the participants, this project delved into the history of Bishops Waltham during the Napoleonic Wars. Recreating the true story of the love affair between an English school girl and a French soldier, this group of 8 - 15 year olds , performed their play at the Bishops Waltham festival to captivated audiences of all ages.
- Bishops Waltham Festival - 20th May 2012
The Present (EDGE Y1)
A series of participatory drama and music workshops for sixteen 13 - 24 year olds, which explored social, political and cultural history from 1850 - 1950 as well as encouraging the group to research into their own family backgrounds from that period. The project took place over 20 weeks and culminated in two performances of an original script and music inspired by the research and work developed by the EDGE Together Company during the workshops.
- Alton Assembly Rooms - 16th & 17th December 2011