30 July, 2008

Border Control Inspires Young People

The recent Border Control classes proved to be a huge hit with the young people involved and led to an outpouring of extremely poignant and revealing visual art in the form of Dadaist montages. Before the art workshops however the youngsters spent part of the week taking part in drama classes with drama worker, Jemima Levick, who used scripts from the provocative play from the East West theatre company Class Enemy to explore various themes and characters with the participants.

The youngsters discussed issues such as social exclusion and class borders. Visual artist Audrey Grant then held visual art workshops with a focus on Dadaist techniques which resulted in an abundance of bold, colourful and quite telling artworks which will soon be appearing at the entrance to The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, from Friday August 8.
The workshops were part of the Bank of Scotland Connecting to Culture. The play Class Enemy shows at the Royal Lyceum Theatre from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 August at 8pm. To listen to an audio feature of the Cumbernauld workshop click here

Here is an excerpt from a blog written by Clare Dyer who took part in the Rutherglen classes:

"Monday was a great introduction to the project, and on Tuesday we were subjected to the controversy of the blatantly offensive aspects of Class Enemy, when we were asked to write insults on sheets of paper - the more disgusting and offensive the better. This was a game to get us inside the mind of Iron in particular, and it certainly helped to break the ice (if by this point there was any ice left to break !...I don't know if I've ever laughed so much in my life than this week, especially this morning's warm up exercise which involved us all walking around the room, but with Scott stumbling about the place blindfolded. We've had some laughs and we've learnt a lot - overall, it's been a really great week and a new experience to learn techniques for acting in front of the camera." To read the full blog post click here.

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