DYP Summer 2010…
We had a great time this summer working for 5 weeks of the holidays and providing DYP projects to 102 5-18 year olds.
It was fantastic to see so many familiar faces, and great to meet all our new DYP members.
Here’s a quick run-down of what we got up to...
Berkhamsted (Ashlyns School)
Film & live performance production based on the theme of the Wild Wild West.
Hemel (Astley Cooper Secondary School)
Junior DYP, for 5-11 year olds, created a live production called “The Toy Room”.
Tring (Red Cross Hall)
Our Debut DYP project in Tring was a great success as we combined film and live performance with old people and zombies!!
Hemel (Kings Langley Secondary School / Yewtree Primary School)
Again, using both film and live performance this two week project told the story of DYP’s struggle against the old lady in the shed!!
In collaboration with Dacorum ESCOs, Flametree Productions launched Dacorum Youth Productions this summer. DYP took place in three venues across Dacorum, concluding in a festival of works at Adeyfield School.
DYP members were responsible for all elements of their production. Theatrical show, art exhibition, music gig, catwalk show… the possibilities were endless. The groups had one week in which to decide on their project, developing the storyline, designing the sets, lighting and costumes, then getting hands on… sticking, sewing, painting and rehearsing!
‘I loved the freedom of letting us make up a show of our own and that we will put on a production that we have made.’ Jo, 12.
During Festival week all three groups came together to work on their final performances. Each group had to dress their own set and prepare their audience area. The young people not only had to think about their impending performances, but also about their audience. It was great to see the groups working together, ‘teching’ each other’s shows and helping each other backstage. The evening was a huge success with a packed out audience and three very different productions.
‘I really enjoyed this experience. It has given me a real idea of how many parts are needed in a production to put it together.’ Sarah, 14.
Following the success of the summer projects, DYP returned for the October Half Term at Cavendish Post 16 Centre. With a mixture of existing DYP members and some new eager faces, another unique production emerged. Young people took on different roles, and new challenges. They worked hard to develop an impressive team of creative yet grounded artists, who came up with some fantastic ideas, and then worked innovatively to make them a reality.