Rehearsals for Life
We are celebrating more than 10 years of their ground-breaking Our Space project with the release of a new podcast series ‘Rehearsals for Life’.
Our Space is a first of its kind creative programme that has worked with over 724 adults with multiple and complex needs. Members come from all walks of life and may have faced challenges involving homelessness, mental health issues, re-offending, substance misuse, or isolation.
As part of this celebration, we are launching Rehearsals for Life, a five-part podcast series interviewing practitioners and participants on the journey, process and impact of this first of its kind theatre-based project which uses drama as a tool to connect with others and develop skills.
Over the last 11 years Our Space have held over 898 drama workshops where 76% of participants felt that their self-esteem and confidence had improved, and their isolation reduced, and 68% of family and friends feedback suggested participants had better relationships and ‘ability to face the world’ because of Our Space.
The five episodes of the Rehearsals for Life podcast series see’s Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Director of Engagement and Learning, Mandy Precious, interviewing key practitioners and participants about Our Space. The series takes the listener on the creative journey the project has been on over the last 11 years and how the project really works and impacts people.
Episode 1 – Sara
This episode is in conversation with Sara Rhodes, the Engagement Manager at the Theatre and Producer of Our Space. Sara talks about how the project began, the co-created approach to the development of the programme and how partnerships play a key role in its success.
Episode 2 – Jade
This episode is in conversation with Jade Campbell, the Lead Practitioner for the Our Space morning group. Jade discusses her creative approaches to working with people from all walks of life in the studio.
Episode 3 – Lee
This episode is in conversation with Lee Hart, the Director of Project X. Lee talks about facilitating the talent of Project X members and devising with the lived experiences of those in the rehearsal room.
Episode 4 – Tara, Jason & Pete
This episode is in conversation with Tara, Jason and Pete who are all members of Our Space. They discuss their own individual journeys through the programme, their work and future ambition as artists with lived experience.
Episode 5 – Tiff
This episode is in conversation with Tiffany Strawson, the Independent Evaluator for Our Space. Tiffany discusses the different strategies used to capture and demonstrate the impact of the project on members and the wider community and how taking a responsive approach is so important to the development of the work.