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What Is Forum Theatre?
It is an interactive style of theatre that enables audience members to overcome oppressed outcomes in there lives, motivating them to make positive changes.
It can focus on key issues that are having an impact or of interest to the young people and their lives e.g. Drugs, Safety on the streets. The group using discussion, rehearsal and research put together a short drama piece about the worst case scenario. In order to cope with audience intervention the group then rehearse various positive scenarios they think an audience would come up with to change the oppression and make the play positive.
This supports the participants to access key services, a safe place to explore possibilities, share stories and experiences in a safe space and a supportive environment enabling them to see themselves and there lives in a different way and later in the process also the audiences who participate.
It enables participants to develop artistic skills, progress to vocational skills key to enabling engagement to the world of work, education, training, communication, teamwork, leadership etc.
The next stage is to take the issue based drama to an audience. It is best used in situations were there is shared oppression with a participating audience and / or where the audience will feel a passion for the subject so feel 'stoked up' to make changes and want to make a positive outcome to the drama piece.
The drama is shown on the first occasion in full, then a 'Joker' (a member of the groups drama piece, named after the joker in a pack of cards who is objective and has no investment in any suite in the pack) will facilitate a short discussion with the audience. This will raise questions with them about the issues, the story and their opinions on the subject. This joker role can be scripted or improvised depending on the participants drama needs.
The drama will then be shown again, this time the audience will be encourage and hopefully feel a passion to shout ‘STOP’ to the drama at the points where they feel the oppression on the piece could change positively and come an intervene with there interpretation of how events should go. The joker facilitates this part of the show.
At the end of the piece another short dissemination discussion happens to look at the changes and ideas brought in by the audience. Finally research in either a pack (or other creative ways of collating) with pointers key services and information on the issue they have gathered during the production of the drama is left with the audience.
Are you into paintball? bayc has negotiated a number of Charity Participation passes for Delta Force Paintball Centres.
The charity passes normally sell at £59.99 with each pass entitling 10 (yes TEN) people to participate in a full day of paintball action at any one of the 35 paintball centres nationwide. The normal price for 10 people is £99.99 so the Pass saves you £49.99
Included in the deal is a full day pf paintball action, all equipment hire, latest semi-automatic machine gun, public liability insurance. Paintballs are not included and must be purchased separately.
Now here's the really good news: bayc, in support of its work at the Studio Barn, is selling the passes for just £50 per pass, giving you a full saving of almost £50 on your paintballing day. Remember-one charity pass admits 10 for a fabulous paintballing day.
There are a limited number of passes for this initial offer so purchase yours now!!
£10,000 available for young people aged 16-25 in 8 cities across the UK
Do you work with young people in Birmingham?
Do they have an idea that would make a real difference in your community?
Do they know what it will take to make a positive change for people around them?
If so here is a fantastic opportunity for them!
During 2011, UK Youth, together with Starbucks, will be rolling out a program called 'Youth Action' in major cities across the UK and Ireland. The program will offer young people, who have ideas of how to improve their communities, the opportunity to access up to £10,000 seed funding and volunteer time from local Starbucks partners (employees) to help realise their ambitions.
UK Youth will be supporting the program by offering skills training and advice to young people, and both Starbucks and UK Youth hope that 'Youth Action' will inspire future community leaders to continue to make a difference.
Young people who submit a grant application form will need to attend a Community Change training day which will be run by UK Youth and will give them the skills and knowledge to complete the second stage application form.
Apply on line now at http://www.guardian.co.uk
W A Cadbury Charitable Trust: No deadlines, apply anytime for monthly grants size of grant available: Small grants up to £2,000
Aims and outcomes of funder: Will fund various projects such as those helping vulnerable people or providing education, training, advice, mediation and counselling
Additional information: In addition will consider support for environment/conservation, health/medical and arts projects/activities
Contact details: Telephone 0121 472 1464
Funding is available from CHK Charities Limited
You can apply anytime, there are no deadlines.
There are no maximum amounts, however, large grants start at £25,000 and can only be applied for once a relationship has been built with the funder.
The funder has a wide variety of programme areas detailed on the website. They also run 2 grant programmes “ oneoff ” and “conditionally renewable”.
Only registered charities can apply for funding. There is a preference for organisations based in the West Midlands
Telephone: 020 3207 7338
Web Site: www.chkcharities.co.uk
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is currently inviting applications from charity organisations to support projects that support carers, community arts and education, disability, older people, poverty, integration and rehabilitation.
Grants are normally in the range of £1,000 and £10,000.
Preference will be given to smaller charities; charities which serve a locality or region of the UK, rather than national charities; and causes which find it more difficult to raise funds from the general public.
The next application deadline is the 12th August 2011.
For more information please visit the website: The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund
bayc helping youth groups gain grants
The number of bayc youth groups who have had successful applications for grants towards equipment continues to grow. The £341.36 towards the sporting equipment they need.
To date, bayc youth groups have shared grants to the tune of £6,426.94 in this financial year.
If you need equipment to help you in your work simply contact bayc online or by phone: 0121 460 5870 and request an application form.
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