Bringing different groups together is important for social inclusion and the arts are an excellent forum for building confidence and gaining new experiences. By including people from different groups, societies, social, ethnic and economic backgrounds, community spirit can be enhanced and diversity celebrated.

Past Inclusive arts projects…

Film Premier (2009)

The children from Creagh National School joined in the celebration of HSE service-users Film Premiers on 11th June 2009.  The presence of a red carpet for the “Film Stars” called for a crowd of fans.  Mrs McCann’s 1st class students rose to this occassion and cheered and shook hands with each person as they took their place on the red carpet. Not only this, but they performed their opening song from Jack and the Beanstalk to the delight of all.

Alone in the Universe (2009)

The girls from Ardscoil Mhuire joined with St. Joseph’s Activation Centre to create some vivid imagery using blacklight as a backdrop for the torchsong duet in Seussical.

Fish Art (2008)

Hearing about the Convent’s preparation for Seussical, service users at St. Joseph’s Activation Centre expressed a wish to get involved.  We embarked on a “Fish Art” project as one of the scenes in the show involved an underwater scene.  Music from the show was played as we worked on individual and group pieces that appeared in the final production.  In addition, lots of photos were taken and a DVD of the work from beginning to end was made to play in front of house on the performance nights.

Fahy Activation Centre – Shadow Puppetry (2008)

Fahy Activation Centre were interested in the puppetry side of the production and experimented with a shadow box puppet theatre and shapes and light.  This was interesting and proved valuable when setting up the real thing for the production. To extend our work, when the show was over, we got the big life-size shadow-screen delivered out to the centre and devised some drama games of our own utilizing the shadow screen.  This was great fun and the service users really got into the spirit of trying to disguise their silhouettes by using hats, scarfs and different body shapes.

Creagh Training Centre – Unusual Instruments (2008)

Creagh Training Centre also got involved in the stage show by taking on an art project. Not only did they make the instruments played by the “Whos” in the live performance but they embarked on a dramatic venture where they created imaginative stories behind each of the instruments. Every trainee was involved in this project in one way or another and each instrument was made from scratch using only recycled materials.  This is a tribute to their Green Flag success.

VTOS St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Stagecraft

Musical Society – Stars in your Eyes – Brother of Charity Services

Past projcts that have involved bringing different groups together include…

Back in the time of Stagecraft, integration of the children’s group with the local adult arts groups took place on a regular basis.

2001 – Some Like it Hot – Ballinasloe Musical Society

The theme for Front of House was Betty Boop as in keeping with the era of the show. The foyer was dorned with life-size cartoons of Betty and her dog and a timeline film strip of the progress of the Betty Boop character. Stagecraft members workshopped early 50s cartoon styles through movement and music finding their voices and characterization. On the nights of the shows, the children dressed in black and white, painted on “Betty” faces and posed in the lobby as stills or as live characters selling programmes and seeing people to their seats.

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