Sheffield arts project should go with a bang

Children watching a production by Griffin Theatre Arts
Children watching a production by Griffin Theatre Arts
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A NEW arts project to develop the creative voice, ideas and work of children in South Yorkshire will launch this month.

Sheffield theatre company Griffin Theatre Arts, based at The Workstation, in the city centre, is celebrating its first birthday with a real bang – the Dynamite Project.

“We’ve been providing art workshops and performances to children in the region for 12 months now and we wanted to do something special to mark our first birthday,” said Sarah Clough, artistic director of Griffin Theatre Arts.

The project will see Griffin Theatre Arts working with local children over an eight-month period to create, exhibit and perform art, music and drama. They will also work with local artists to create a new play, to be performed as part of the 2013 Sheffield Children’s Festival. The project hopes to champion the creativity of children while helping them to celebrate their regional heritage.

Sarah said: “We believe participation in this project will have an incredible effect on the region’s young people, boosting self-esteem and providing them with a genuine sense of achievement and pride in their creations.

“We hope to encourage enjoyment of the creative arts while developing skills such as teamwork, communication and confidence.

“Above all, we really hope this project will offer opportunities to and benefit those children who don’t normally engage in arts.”

The Dynamite Project – in collaboration with Museums Sheffield – will specifically target areas of social, economic and cultural deprivation. The Arts Council-supported project is aimed at children aged five to 18 and will be broken down into three phases: Fuse, Ignite and Explosion.

Fuse and Ignite will be the research and development phases when the team will explore South Yorkshire’s heritage and what it means to the local community. Explosion will take the ideas one step further, developing them into drama and music performances and a design exhibition to be held at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries next summer.

Griffin Theatre Arts will work closely with one case study school throughout the process, monitoring the effect on pupils’ communication and literacy skills.

■ Schools and community groups are invited to register interest in taking part at Griffin Theatre Arts