Performing inside a little tiny box on a screen is a challenge, participating in sessions from a house full of distractions is a challenge and trying to hear what is going on in said session whilst your internet is dropping out is most certainly a ...challenge! In spite of these peculiar challenges this summer project and all the arts projects going on right now in people's homes are igniting remarkable little moments of creativity in the living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens of young performers around the country. How beautiful is that? Week three of our summer program was no exception.
"...igniting remarkable little moments of creativity in the living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens of young performers around the country. How beautiful is that?"
This week saw us explore our most challenging topic yet - protest. In light of everything that is happening around the world we decided to look back at Brent's own protest story and it did not disappoint. The Grunwick dispute happened between 1976-78 and saw immigrant workers go on strike in the fight for better working conditions. Despite the challenging nature of this topic, our extraordinary young people responded with the same intelligence, enthusiasm and care that we have gotten so used to seeing over the last few months.
What was particularly poignant this week was how quickly they made connections between what happened then and what is happening now. In exploring the Grunwick dispute they were better able to process current events - equal rights are equal rights after all, whatever form they come in. This week we gave them an opportunity to untangle some of the knots that have formed because of the abundance of news that they will have been exposed to in the last year.
"...equal rights are equal rights after all, whatever form they come in."
It's hard to tell when working online, how much is going on in the background. Do young people attend the session, then turn off the computer and carry on with life as if nothing happened? Do they eat snacks secretly when they turn off their camera? Well this week, we were exposed to some of the background activity and it made us so proud we shed tears. One of our young people created her own power point based on the dispute, others sent whole verses to songs that they wrote, the writers came with notepads filled with scribbles from their research - the time and attention that went into this week's film is a testament to a generation in which we can trust. They researched the topic, they learnt their lines and they came prepared.
So here is the result - a film exploring protest, then and now.
Without further ado I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy I Am Not My Box - Part Three...