About

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pindrop theatre: using the performing arts to promote social inclusion. A registered charity since 2007

We were founded in 2006 to use theatre and all the performing arts to promote social inclusion: theatre for change.

 

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Catherine Pinhorn | Artistic Director and Company Secretary

With pindroptheatre Catherine has to-date directed five  funded projects with excluded young people at risk, homeless group & teenage parents. Projects span theatre, film, training, workshops, weekly sessions and holiday intensives.

A little more about us…

Our first work was making ‘After Dark’ (far right picture) a forum theatre play made and performed by a group of 10 -15 year olds who subsequently went on tour to local schools.

In summer 2006 we made ‘Chest of Chaos‘ (middle)  a street dance show performed in two local town centres by a cast aged 9 to 14 years.  Both projects were run for disadvantaged communities in the school holidays.

Our work in 2006 /07 with St Petrocs Homeless, in Truro, Cornwall,  comprised weekly drop-in sessions to build confidence through theatre in a safe environment.

In 2008 we made ‘Shine‘ a film written by young parents featuring super heroes in the supermarket.

See more details of this and other work on the ‘Our Work’ page

Our Change-X-Change program

Forum Theatre and the work of Augusto Boal are a significant influence on the work of Pindrop Theatre.

Through our Change-X-Change program, we run training in the techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed – the approach created by Augusta Boal. (You can find more details in on Forum Theatre and Augusta Boal in our overview guide About Forum Theatre – Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed , and at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusto_Boal )

This is the third year that the Change-X-Change program has provided professional trainings to practitioners. Tony Cealy and Catherine Pinhorn collaborate to deliver programs that are accessible and affordable. We run scheduled and custom workshop training throughout the year. On-site workshops can be arranged within your organisation and suited to your budget.

Working collectively the Change-X-Change now has active partnerships in Israel, Bethnal Green and Brighton with groups using their skills to create work in all these settings. Training with us is the beginning of a journey.

“I feel more confident in my mission to use theatre for social change. I really gained great skills that have enriched my bag of magical tools!”
Participant, April 2012

“… it was just like a breath of fresh air to meet everyone and I love the way you teach and facilitate”
Participant April 2012

 

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Catherine Pinhorn Artistic Director and Company Secretary

With pindroptheatre Catherine has to-date directed five  funded projects with excluded young people at risk, homeless group & teenage parents, theatre, film, training, workshops, weekly sessions, holiday intensives.

Catherine’s broader experience, productions and qualifications:

Youth Theatre Leader

  • Travelling Light Theatre Company Workshop Leader &
  • Post show Workshop Leader for ‘The Stones’ Key Stage 4
  • Youth Theatre Leader Acta Community Theatre Agency
  • Leading, planning and conducting Youth Theatres in Bristol
  • Youth Theatre LeaderActa Community Theatre Agency
  • Leading, planning and conducting Youth Theatres in Bristol

Teaching

  • Tutor Foundation Degree Community Theatre Bird College 2009/10
  • Guest Tutor Truro SchoolCommedia dell’Arte inset 2008
  • Tutor A’ Level Theatre StudiesFilton College Bristol
  • Tutor Btech Performing ArtsWeston College
  • Commedia dell’Arte performance project
  • Tutor Btech Performing Arts Filton College
  • Tutor Btech Performing ArtsThe Hub St Austell College
  • New Deal Tutor City of Bristol College

Education

  • PGCE – University of the West of England PGCE
  • London University  –  History BA Hons
  • A’ level History & English / O’level Phys Chem Bio Math Eng Eng Lit German Latin

Qualifications and trainings

  • Feldenkrais Practitioner4 years’ training/ San Francisco & Basel
  • Arts Award Bronze and Silver
  • Forum Theatre Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson
  • Commedia dell’Arte International School Antonio Fava
  • Improbable TheatreImprovisation
  • Marcello MagniClowning
  • Jonathan KayFooling
  • Kirstie SimsonContact Improvisation
  • Julyen HamiltonDance Improvisation
  • Andrew MorrishText Movement Improvisation

 

 

Eloise Taylor | Project Co-ordinator

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Eloise Taylor founded the non for profit community art group Revolting Productions in 2005. She has run 4 community projects all of which she ran and facilitated workshops and administered the project including being responsible for fundraising and evaluating the projects.

‘My photos My Story’ | 2005-2006
A project highlighting the effects of Domestic Violence ran in Collaboration with ‘Women’s Aid’ and ‘Crossroads Women Centre’. This involved running photo documentary workshops in a Women’s Aid refuge where women were living having fled domestic violence. Participants were given cameras and taught photo documentary skills as well as the history of photo documentary. They then documented their experience of domestic violence in photo and written form and told their story which was exhibited in public spaces around London and online at http://myphotosmystory.wordpress.com/

This project was funded by the European YOUTH programme, Action 3 – Youth Initiatives Future Capital Grant Award.

‘Media Women’| 2008 |  This project highlighted the effects of the media’s representation of the female body on young women. We worked with girls and young women from some of London’s most deprived areas across London in various youth groups running practical film making skills workshops alongside this we ran discussion sessions with the group on the theme of how the female body is displayed in the media. Participants then made a documentary film exploring the question ‘what is femininity’. This project was funded by Awards For All.‘

Community Communication’ | September 2010- September 2011 | This project was run in collaboration with the community group Shared Visions to improve the literacy skills of children from the Irish Travellers community of Dale Farm as well as to highlight the effects the eviction of the site would have on the children of this community. We ran literacy skill workshop which we combined with artistic skills such as photography and painting and graffiti. This project was funded by Awards For All.2012-13 ‘Unheard Voices; The Heritage of Britian’s Relationship with Iraq.’A community heritage project working with London’s elderly Iraqi community. We ran oral history and film making workshops. A video archive of the oral histories was made which was exhibited across London and our projects website:  http://ourunheardvoices.wordpress.com/

 

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