Bounce Theatre is delighted to have received a grant for £99,600 from the National Heritage Fund for a brand new project, Threads of Tooting
Threads of Tooting will weave together the story of the tailors, makers and textile businesses housed in Tooting since the 1920s. Using interviews, research and site visits local people will create and curate a series of exhibits to celebrate Tooting’s story. Together we’ll discover the local, national and international links between Tooting and the textiles industry. We’ll also look at the influences on tailoring over the years – from the bespoke to the off the peg looks that defined the decades.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be able to set up creative learning projects, community projects, and intergenerational work that is founded on residents’ memories and oral histories.
All of the work will be digitised for local schools to use in their history teaching. Along with this, the memories and photos collected will be donated to Wandsworth Heritage Service to expand and diversify their collection.
Louise Pendry, Artistic Director of Bounce says of the project,
“During our last project informal discussions and reminiscences revealed a relatively undocumented story about texiles and migration in Tooting since the 1920s. We are looking forward to collaborating with local people to uncover more!”
Bounce is delighted to share the digital version of our intergenerational project Sugar & Spice.
Sugar and Spice celebrates Tooting High Street from the end of WW2 to the current day. The project began as an idea in a lockdown project with The National Archives education team. Using a photo of Tooting in their collection for inspiration, people connected digitally sharing memories of Tooting and the places they were missing.
As we looked forward to reconnecting in person, we decided to mark the moment by exploring how the community emerged after another world event.
Working with Meet & Make Spaces, Tooting, over the last year, residents ranging from 5-80 years old have been researching the changing face of the High Street, sharing memories, recording stories and finding creative ways to curate their heritage.
Bounce Theatre is delighted to become a theatre partner in the innovative programme Speech Bubbles.
Speech Bubbles is for children aged 5-7 who find it difficult to develop the speech, language and communication skills they need for life: for socialising, for learning, for well-being and good mental health.
Speech Bubbles is a weekly drama programme taking place in school time, designed to give young children an opportunity to have fun telling stories and acting them out. The programme has a particular emphasis on supporting children to gain confidence and develop their physical and verbal communication skills.
Bounce is delighted to be back this summer with three weeks of F.U.E.L Bounce – part of the Achieving for Children Holiday Activities and Food programme. Throughout summer, we’ll be providing a range of art, drama, dance, and sculpture activities for children age 7 and over.
Working from the Quaker Centre, we’ll be igniting our imaginations to design our own Friday festival. Work will be celebrated through a blend of art, drama, Lego building and more!
Open to: Children in receipt of FREE SCHOOL MEALS Aged 7+
Bounce is thrilled to be celebrating Sugar and Spice this July. Along with artists at Meet & Make Spaces Tooting, we have been running a 10 month intergenerational project celebrating Tooting High Street. The aim of the project was to reflect how Tooting recovered after the war to become one of the coolest places to live according to Lonely Planet.
Over 300 local people have joined in workshops and projects. This July we are pleased to celebrate the results! The night features:
Our Tooting:Our Home
An original drama created by young people. A story about family life in Tooting, that travels decades in minutes.
The Tooting Tapestry
See the The Tooting Tapestry – an interactive celebration of residents love notes to Tooting.
I Am Tooting
Art and poetry inspired by the High Street created by children around Earlsfield & Tooting
Following the launch event, the tapestry and art will tour Tooting. Residents will have an opportunity to add patches or submit stories before the entire project is digitalised as a resource for local schools to celebrate their community heritage.
Bounce Theatre is delighted to be taking part in Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
Glorious Colour is an exhibition of collage, produced by local Wandsworth residents with the company. Responding to poems and classic literature, words have been reimagined in a series of works championing the joy of colour.
The work will fill the Home Café for a week in June. Find out more about our exhibition and Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
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 email@example.com
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:
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.