As part of our Cymorth Art of Inclusion emotional health project, we have developed this new project for young people in the Bridgend Borough, touring this play to community venues throughout May and June 2008.
A Long Way Down has been adapted from a book by Nick Hornby by our Drama Development Worker Alyson Evans. This play focuses on life and relationships in a humorous and thought-provoking way, and is aimed at young people aged over 16 (and adults).
After each performance we will be facilitating discussions around the issues raised in the play, giving audience members an opportunity to voice their opinions and share their feelings in a safe and supportive environment. The play looks at challenging issues including emotions, relationships, families, suicide, struggles and friendships and expresses this through the different stories of several characters. There will be experienced Counsellors on hand at each performance and participating in the discussions for any young person that wants to speak to them.
The aim of this tour is to offer young people in Bridgend the chance to share their issues and feelings at a difficult time in our local communities, using creativity as a tool to facilitate open and supportive dialogue before the school holidays.
Tour dates so far include:
22nd May – Bridgend College – 1pm
5th June – Cornelly Community Centre – 6pm
TBC – Pyle Life Centre
We currently have one date free, so if you are interested in hosting A Long Way Down, or would like to bring a group to a performance, please contact us asap.
This project has been developed as part of a local partnership initiative between Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations, Valley and Vale Community Arts and several other Voluntary Sector and Youth agencies working together in the Bridgend Extending Entitlement Network.
We would like to thank Nick Hornby who has given his full support to this project and also thank the Camelot Foundation who have funded it. Sadly we have heard that the Camelot Foundation is closing down. Over the last ten years they have invested over £20million in a range of projects run by organisations working with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised young people in our society.