Finding your inner poetry

The world’s first Postal Service of Happiness led by the inimitable Poetrie Postie, aka Sally Crabtree, saw 850 people from teenagers to miners, shop owners to rail passengers writing or receiving poetry postcards, sing o grams or lyrical letters. Featured on Radio 4’s Saturday Live, the project involved: communities from Paul to Camelford; correspondents in Cuba, France, Italy; National Poetry Day; the National Postal Museum and Great Western Railways.

“I am so happy you are in my life” – schoolboy aged 9

“You’re like something from another world” – care home resident

“Fabulous. Let’s do it again!” – GWR

Hear our voice

With the help of a professional film maker, a group of young people with mental health issues made short films exploring, sometimes humorously, sometimes poignantly, the challenges which they face. The films have been seen by 336 professional training attendees and 980 young people in schools’ workshops

“The important message is that they have a voice and people want to listen to what they have to say”

Supporting first time applicants

A complete first for both organisers and participants was Alice in Wonderland, a woodland community theatre show involving children and families from Wadebridge, Boscastle, Delabole and surrounding areas. Take up was enthusiastic

After workshops involving 200 children, a summer of rehearsals, energy and staying power, the show was a sell out success.

”We surprised ourselves and the community by how professional the production proved to be.”

“We were massively oversubscribed…we had no idea how popular the event was going to be”

“The majority of participants had never been to an alfresco theatre performance, let alone been involved in making it happen. Everyone was made to feel part of a team creating something very beautiful. The added value was the 110% everyone gave.”

It’s never too late

Inner Ground Dance Company had a unique opportunity to work with world renowned Rambert Ballet.   Over 8 months, 50 mature dancers aged between 50 -75, from across Cornwall prepared and performed a dance which opened the Rambert show at Hall For Cornwall.

Inner Ground company members…

“I feel fit, confident, happy, supported, befriended, ready to conquer the world”

“I was someone who hasn’t dance since I was 14….I really felt I couldn’t do it. It is your encouragement that gave me a new found confidence. Thank you. It has literally been life changing”

Inspiration

4661 people braved all that Cornish summer weather could throw at them to see Wildworks’ Wolf’s Child in the stunning grounds of Trelowarren Estate.

Wildworks’ spectacular brand of site specific, landscape theatre is made with the total involvement of an army of community participants. This summer 168 volunteers aged from 6 – 82, from across  Cornwall, worked alongside professional artists to learn the skills of performance or roles in front or back of house.

“ It was utterly amazing to be involved from beginning end and on so many levels…. it is about the joy of co – creativity inside community”

“It reminded me that there are richer ways of living, being, working than my existing daily – grind -job…. It has given me the confidence to make some long needed changes!”

“To be part of the family that is Wildworks is a huge privilege. I will take it to my grave”