SHOWS AND REVIEWS
LIVING WILD PROJECT 2019
We are really excited to be working alongside the Essex Wildlife Trust and Tesco's Bags for Life to produce our fifth Colchester Theatre Project. Bringing together our previous work with the Puppet Soup Theatre Company we will be creating our first out-door theatre piece held at the Essex Wildlife Trust visitors centre in the summer 2019.
OUR PAST PERFORMANCES
Our first production and brought our Pilot Project to a close. The performance was set in the round at The Colchester Arts Centre to an intimate audience. The project was a big success and received strong positive feedback from all of those involved and whom had seen it.
“A powerful and extremely sensitive piece of theatre which explored issues of isolation and mental health. A brilliant production!”
“Taking part in this performance was such a worthwhile experience. It has given me the confidence to come out of the house and to do something positive.” (Performer)
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Tackling a traditional family favourite, we performed to a sell out audience at The Colchester Arts Centre. We smashed our aims of increasing both our Public Engagement goals and our Audience Development aim.
“What a delightful performance! It’s amazing how much the members have come out of their shell. The Black Dog Theatre Creation is a truly remarkable project.” (Audience member)
“I never thought I’d see the project through. I was convinced that I’d go to one workshop and that would be it. Now I’ve just come off the main stage at the arts theatre after performing to over a hundred people. I feel so alive!” (Performer)
Our first project in London. This project was aimed at working with young people aged 18-25. We ran our workshops in Stratford and were amazed when we were asked to perform at the Arts Theatre, West-End London! We performed two sell-out performances and learnt so much from the experience.
“A splendid performance by everyone involved. I loved the simple approach and it was clear that everyone on stage were thoroughly enjoying themselves. I thought it was really clever how they mixed the humour and the poignant issues about mental health among young adults.” (Audience member)
“Being involved in this project has taught me so much and given me the confidence to believe in myself again. Alfie was so patient and encouraging. Thanks for the experience!” (Performer)
TOTO'S ADVENTURE TO OZ
This year we performed our very own adaptation of the Wizard of Oz to two sell-out performances. The play was hailed as a massive success and loved by all that came along and saw it.
MADHATTERS TEA PARTY
This time around we wanted to create a performance which focused upon developing an opportunity to talk openly about mental health issues. This is where we came up with the idea of adapting the story of Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and producing a fun, colourful performance followed by a delicious tea party.
“What a great idea! Our members from the Re-Think Arts Group thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We loved the simplicity of the production and audience participation. It was really clever how you got everyone talking after the performance too.” (Audience member)
“Before joining the Black Dog Theatre Creation, I rarely left my flat. Being involved in this project has given me a new lease of life. I’ve made new friends and I feel like I have a purpose again.”
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE. HORRIBLE, VERY BAD DAY
Our second project in London and our first collaboration with the Puppet Soup Theatre Company. During the project we learnt how to use and to make our own puppets before applying these new skills to our own devised piece. We also started exploring how we could use theatre to raise awareness of mental health among children by teaching young children that it is ok to have a bad day and we all have them from time to time.
“Such a fun, bright and colourful performance with so many larger than life characters. It was lovely to see the team work between professional actors and members suffering from poor confidence. They all worked together brilliantly. And wow! The puppet they created was great!” (Audience member)
“It was one the best experiences of my life. I loved every second of it. Alfie was so patient working around my personal and emotional problems and made both myself and my carer feel welcome and at ease. I really enjoyed making the puppet and bringing it to life.” (Performer)
Our mini project in Brentwood working alongside the Shenfield Library was a wonderful success. The project gave us the opportunity to try out our project in a new location and to further develop our public engagement, reaching a wider community.
"Working on this project was such a delight. I loved exploring the oral storytelling devices. Working with the other participants was really beneficial. I felt like I got a lot out of the experience." (Performer)
"What a lovely performance! My grandchildren really enjoyed the storytelling and seeing the characters come alive on stage." (Audience member)
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS RADIO PLAY
Our 2018 project saw us develop a new understanding of Radio plays. We explored how radio plays are created and we had great fun at making our own sound effects. In our 2018 project we also worked with the Puppet Soup Theatre Company to further develop our work with puppets.
"Absolutely hilarious! The cast all looked like they were having so much fun on stage and so were we too. I've seen the members grow so much in confidence and self-esteem. The Black Dog Theatre Creation works so well." (Audience member)
"This project has certainly been one of the best so far. I've had so much fun and really found my voice." (Performer)