Lonely Town Scripts

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25 May, 2022

Following the launch of Lonely Town, Bounce Theatre is delighted to be making the scripts available and free for schools.

Lonely Town was created with young people at Anstee Bridge.

The work was a collaboration between the students, theatre designers and a writer. Designing in response to an initial set of monologues, writers sat in on sessions to listen to the students talk about loneliness, answer questions and make suggestions about themes relevant to their life.

In response, a new script was written – tackling life post pandemic, grief, dyslexia, moving house and anxiety. It lasted the length of a soap opera episode and made its debut to over 100 people supporting Anstee Bridge on the 31st March 2022 – including local councillors and MPs.

Three versions of the script were written – for a cast of six, two and three. They each entwine monologues with chorus work & short scenes. They are bound together in PDF and available for teachers to use and perform, for free. For more details please email
lauren@bouncetheatre.com

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04/04/2022|

Bounce into WOW

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25 May, 2022

Bounce Theatre is delighted to be taking a project made with members of The Grace Dear Arts Project to the 2022 WOW (Women of the World) Festival.

Imagine is a new magazine that imagines the power of the media to positively represent young people’s thoughts, views and opinions in order to promote good mental health.

Their first issue is themed to coincide with International Women’s Day so has a thread running through of thinking about equality, feminism, body positivity and leadership.

The magazine will be printed and distributed at the WOW marketplace on Sunday 13th March. It will then go online digitally for a wider audience to download for free.

The project has been made possible thanks to support from The Grace Dear Trust. The charity aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma which surrounds mental health, so people can speak openly about their feelings. Find out more about them here : https://thegracedeartrust.co.uk

Listen to the podcasts which helped make the magazine:

https://soundcloud.com/user-906114856/ep-3-conversations?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

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08/03/2022|

Sugar & Spice Zine Launch

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25 May, 2022

Bounce Theatre is proud to have printed brand new Sugar & Spice zines for anyone who’d like to join in at home.

Containing a range of different activities, from pop-quizzes to spot-the-difference scenes of our local area, the packs are a nostalgic and creative exploration of Tooting.

“For the past six months, Bounce has been working with young people to uncover some of the heritage of Tooting High Street. The packs are a way to mark some of our ideas, the activities we have tried out and celebrate the project so far.”

Louise Pendry, Artistic Director


The company was delighted to send some of them to St. George’s Hospital as part of the Arts Team’s Creative Resource Collection Station.

Sugar & Spice is a heritage lottery-funded project, intending to animate the hidden heritage of Tooting High Street. Sugar & Spice celebrates the people, the places, and the spaces which helped shape the High Street as we know it today. The project will culminate in an ambitious performance, travelling decades in 90 minutes, and a pop-up museum for Tooting.

Join the projects: Sugar & Spice

Help us build the Museum of Memories

Email Lauren@bouncetheatre.com to share your memories of Tooting. We can send you questions from young people to answer or we can arrange a telephone reminiscence call to record your memories and contribute to the project! We are looking for your answers to questions such as:

What was it like growing up in Tooting?

What was fashionable when you were growing up?

What sort of music did you like?

We wondered what it was like to sit in the Granada cinema during the film club? Could you tell us about that?

How has our High Street changed?

Who is the most famous person you know that grew up in Tooting?

Do you remember any big events celebrated in Tooting?

What could young people do growing up when you did?

What were your favourite shops in Tooting?

How did it feel to go shopping when you were younger?

What was the thing everyone wanted to buy when you were growing up?

Read the zine:


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07/02/2022|

Turn Up Join In Continues

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25 May, 2022

Thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, we are delighted to continue our lunch club, Turn Up Join In into 2022.

Turn Up Join In is based at the Home Café in Earlsfield. We meet on Tuesdays 11.30am-1pm. We offer a freshly cooked lunch, collage art, storytelling, and chat for residents age 18+ across Wandsworth. Initially a social prescribing pilot for Wandsworth Arts Service & Enable Leisure and Culture, the project flourished during the Autumn of 2021. Bounce is delighted to have sourced additional funding for it to continue.

The lunch club is open to anyone in the community, who for whatever reasons feels like they would benefit from company. We recognise that loneliness is a feeling that can affect anyone, no matter your background or circumstances. The lunch club is a positive opportunity for people to take care of themselves and hang out with others. Some of our members have said that the project helps them with their mental health, and others feel the value of an accessible space and company after living alone during lockdown.

“My son says I have changed. I am less depressed. I tell him that it is because of my Tuesday club. I am having counselling for depression. I told my counsellor about this, and they said to keep coming. I have benefited very much. My health is improving. My anxiety is slowly improving. Very amazing. I can now speak and be positive. It has helped me to focus. Coming on a Tuesday has helped with depression and loneliness, socialising, chatting with people and improving my concentration by being creative. This meeting group is more than medication. It is healing.”

We are proud to be hosting an intergenerational group of residents who connect through art and cultural activities, and feel happier and better connected to the community because of it. We look forward to sharing their work in events and exhibitions during 2022.

If you would like to join in or would like to refer someone to our lunch club please email louise@bouncetheatre.com for details.

 

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21/01/2022|

Come Work With Us!

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25 May, 2022

Bounce Theatre is recruiting for designers to support a mixed media installation project with young people experiencing emotional health challenges.

Based in Kingston, we will be collaborating with young people (age 14-16 years old) to build an installation exploring loneliness and the importance of human connection. Each student will be invited to create a model box of a room in a city, inspired by writing provided by Bounce Theatre. This will be developed into an installation. The writing will be developed by the design and will end with a performance and/or audio recording embedded into the installation.

We are looking for a team of artists, from different disciplines, to inspire the students to fall in love with the arts and make this happen. As such, we would be keen to hear from:

– Costume, set, and prop designers

– Lighting and sound designers

Workshops run Monday – Thursday between 9-3pm in central Kingston. There are two different groups attending each day for a 2.5 hour session. Each group has different and various emotional health needs.

The project will start on the 28th February 2022 and run until the end of March. Practitioners will have Wednesday mornings off to allow for planning and preparation time. Pay will be £30,000 pro rata.

If you would be interested in applying please send us something to be able to consider you. We would like to understand:

– Your level of experience in working creatively with young people with emotional, social and mental health needs;

– Your approach to engaging vulnerable young people with a range of emotional needs in a workshop setting. Groups can include participants with depression, anxiety, eating disorders and ADHD – so require bespoke approaches

– How you would approach the idea.

We welcome CVs and covering letters. We are also happy to have videos or portfolios – whatever you feel best illustrates your experience and allows us to understand the above.

Candidates must be in possession of or be willing to apply for an enhanced DBS check.

Applications should be made by 21st January 2022.

Please submit your applications by email to: recruitment@bouncetheatre.com

If you have any questions about the role or the application process, please get in touch: louise@bouncetheatre.com

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16/12/2021|

Bouncing Back to ReF.U.E.L!

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25 May, 2022

Bounce is delighted to be back this holiday period with a week of winter adventures at our holiday club with F.U.E.L. – part of the Achieving for Children Holiday Activities and Food programme. Next week, we’ll be providing a range of art, drama, dance, and sculpture activities for children and young people aged 5-16.

Working with local providers, we’ll be tickling our taste buds and igniting our imaginations to create stories about the world around us. Each day, children will have an outing to inspire their art and drama work, and they will receive a nutritious meal. At the end of the week, work will be celebrated through a blend of audio stories, videos, and temporary art exhibits.

Open to: Children in receipt of FREE SCHOOL MEALS Aged 5-16. Get in touch for bookings!

Email: louise@bouncetheatre.com for place availability.

 

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16/12/2021|

Tooting Youth Theatre is One Month Old!

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25 May, 2022

We are delighted to celebrate a month of Tooting Youth Theatre! Our brand new young company meets on Wednesdays at Tooting United Reform Church.

Tooting Youth Theatre is part of Sugar & Spice. They are working towards devising a performance to celebrate Tooting High Street in 2022. Dancing out of the rubble of the second world war, performers will weave together stories of the people, places, and spaces that shape the Tooting we recognise today.

“I’m proud that Tooting has its own youth theatre.” Company Member

Our company members have chosen dual roles in the process – working as writers, choreographers, designers, and performers.

The story follows a couple who fall in love at the end of the war, start a small business and grow a family in Tooting. We will be inviting more young people to join us in 2022.

If you are and/or know anyone between 11-14 interested in any aspect of performance, please email info@bouncetheatre.com to get involved.
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29/11/2021|

Happy Birthday Bounce!

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25 May, 2022

Our new colours are inspired by a photo “Sea from Space” reflecting a celebration of our values that have shaped us over the past 15 years & will continue to shape the next 15.

Creativity
Care
Connect

We believe that when those values overlap there are moments to affect real and authentic change – for individuals, groups, and communities.

Bounce also became a Wandsworth-based organisation in 2019. We are marking this and 15 years by producing a large-scale project across Tooting, Sugar & Spice is an intergenerational project celebrating Tooting High Street. Local people are finding out how Tooting rebuilt itself after the war and went on to gain the accolade of being one of the coolest neighbourhoods to live (Lonely Planet, 2017).

“Sugar & Spice celebrates our heritage. It also allows us to learn from a time period where there was renewal after global trauma. Through storytelling and art, we hope to provide a safe space for people to be creative and connect to some of the lessons in our past.”

Louise Pendry, Project Director
Join in with Sugar & Spice here!

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18/11/2021|

Can you help with heritage?

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25 May, 2022

Can you help a group of young people on their heritage hunt?

Our young producers of Sugar & Spice  are on the hunt for stories of Tooting. Using photos, documents and fragments of memories they are exploring how our High Streets bind us together over decades.

Louise Pendry, Artistic Director sums up their story so far. “John and Iris Smith open up a sweet shop after the way. They have two young children and the jars are full of their hopes and dreams for their family. Over the decades their life weaves in and out of the developing High Street. They throw their daughters’ weddings in Tooting, one becomes a nurse in the local hospital. Eventually, they find themselves playing bingo in the Granada – remembering their first dates and great adventures.”
Can you help them write it?
Do you have memories of Tooting post the war that you’d be willing to share?
Do you have photos you’d donate to the project?
Are you interested in history? Would you like to research past trades, shops and heritage that has disappeared from our High Streets over the years.
Drop us a line!
e: info@bouncetheatre.com to find out how to become part of the project.
Sugar and Spice has been made possible thanks to the support of The Heritage Fund.
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28/10/2021|