What is place? How do we think about place?
These were questions posed to the Senior Youth Theatre at the start of the summer 2012 term as they explored ‘performing place’. The piece was devised by the young people supported by two theatre directors, a drama tutor, a choreographer and a sound artist.
The final piece was an abstract and creative series of linked encounters, steeped in the young people’s own relationship with ‘place’ and interrogating their responses to the world around them. The performance integrated movement, sound and film through which the ‘everyday place’ and ‘places of fear’ were explored within an ordinary school day. The ensemble piece revealed the extraordinary nature of these everyday places.
The performance was part of the 2012 5 Boroughs Youth Theatre Festival, later known as the East London Youth Theatre Network.
The whole project was underpinned by a research project titled ‘Challenging Place’, 2011-2014, led by Dr Sally Mackey at the Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The project explored how young people think about place, both in real life and through digital media.
A devised ensemble performance piece that revealed the extraordinary nature of everyday places. Using theatre, dance and sound, Place explored how young people responded to the world around them. This performance formed part of Challenging Place, a collaborative research project between Half Moon and the Central School of Speech and Drama, exploring how young people think about place, both in real life and through digital media.