The Kneehigh Ramblers have been all over Cornwall this year. Thanks to the support of Kneehigh Friends we’ve been holding workshops and free performances for Cornish communities, and Anna has been writing too! Here's a round up of some of the brilliant work our Rambles Team have been doing this year, along with photos from performances and workshops. Here's to more Rambling in 2014!
We started off the year in Wadebridge with Anna Maria Murphy collecting stories. The Kneehigh Ramblers then returned to perform the stories with young people from Wadebridge performing a Scoot Dance they had been taught by Bec Applebee, accompanied by musicians from Dalla. The rain didn’t dampen our spirits as we headed back into the Ambulance Hall warmed by tea and saffron cake.
In June we ran a series of Love Letter workshops with groups from across west Cornwall. 89 young people attended a workshop from Treyla, WILD, Penhaligon’s Friends, Shallal, Praze-an-Beeble Guides, and Hear Our Voice. The workshops included photography with Steve Tanner, drama with Simon Harvey, creative writing with Anna and Seth Hampshire, and singing with Mary Woodvine and Vicky Abbot.
The summer season of Rambles culminated in a brilliant week of activity when Tristan & Yseult came to the Hall for Cornwall. 175 Free Targeted Tickets were given out to 16 groups (Carefree, Coastline Homeless Service, Cornwall Dyslexia Association, Drama Boys, Early Intervention in Psychosis Team, Hayle Youth Project, Hear Our Voice, HFT, Kernow Writing Squad, Praze and Beeble Guides, Richard Lander Drama Students, Shallal, Traveller Space, Treyla, Truro Young Women’s Centre, and WILD) enabling young people to experience Kneehigh who would otherwise not get the chance to see live theatre.
“It was quite a challenge for us to encourage group members to attend the performance and they were all anxious and apprehensive. The feedback has been fantastic both for the performance and for the chance to be involved in group social activity, they want more!” Early Intervention in Pyschosis Team
Workshop with Penhaligon's Friends
We also created a Love Letter exhibition in the foyer of the Hall for Cornwall, showcasing some of the work created in the Love Letter workshops, as well as letters and poems send into Kneehigh by the general public. Before the Thursday show the 50 Degrees Choir performed outside with songs of heartbreak and love, with Praze-an-Beeble Guides joining them for the songs they had learnt in their workshop. Anna lead a Tristan & Yseult themed Green Walk around Truro with members of the community on Sunday 23rd and on Saturday 29th the Kneehigh Ramblers took to the streets performing Anna’s pop-up stories across the city.
Love Letter exhibition
We invited four groups (Coastline Homeless Service, Carefree, Shallal and Early Intervention into Psychosis Team) up to the Barns for a series of Bread and Barns workshops. The workshops started with the group members making delicious bread together. They then took part in the workshops activity, either photography with Steve Tanner, creative writing with Anna and Seth Hampshire, or film making with Brett Harvey.
Workshop with Coastline Homeless Service
“Brilliant workshop! Gave clients the opportunity to learn more about the Kneehigh company and get involved in something they wouldn't normally do” Coastline Homeless Service
We also headed up to Bodmin and Liskeard in Autumn and held a series of tea parties, with students at Bodmin College, and the young women at WILD hosting older members of the community. We also held a tea party with the Friends of St Lawrence society and Anna collected their stories and memories from working at the Bodmin Asylum.
The Ramblers were back out on the road less travelled performing the Rambles show across specific areas in Cornwall. They performed Anna’s brilliant poems and stories with puppets, live music, and a giant conger eel. The Ramblers performed in various venues in Bodmin, Liskeard and Falmouth as well as at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and Wheal Martyn Clay Christmas Fair. As high winds began to lash against the beach at Gorran Haven, our outdoor performance was swiftly moved up to the warmth of the Barns. The Rambles team this year was made up of Anna, Simon Harvey, Giles King, Rachel Leonard, Jim Carey and Seth Hampshire.
The Kneehigh Ramblers at the Barns
It’s been another great year for the Rambles project and plans are already afoot for Spring 2014!
The Rambles programme is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Joyce Carr Doughty Charitable Trust, West Cornwall Youth Trust, The John Thaw Foundation, FEAST, alongside donations made by members of the Kneehigh Family and bookers for Asylum Seasons