The Knowledge Quarter
Our newest course Writeback is designed to introduce our Member Playwrights to a new working environment and invites them to be inspired both by their surroundings and by each other. The writing element of each course takes place at a different member of The Knowledge Quarter, an umbrella organisation that brings together cultural, academic, scientific and business institutions around King’s Cross.
The Foundling Museum
In August 2017 our pilot Writeback course was written over 3 days at the Foundling Museum. Nine Member Playwrights were inspired by objects and artifacts in the museum to create original characters featured in a relay play performed by professional actors at Theatro Technis in September. A short documentary film about the whole process formed an installation in the museum gallery from November 2017 to January 2018 and can be viewed here on our Films page.
Scene & Heard first worked with the museum in 2007 creating a project for the opening of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International Station.
Rosehill Theatre, Cumbria
Scene & Heard is delighted to have worked on a pilot Playmaking One course with Rosehill Theatre, Cumbria in January 2015. We were delighted to support Rosehill in bringing the very best of creative writing and community engagement to the rural environs of Workington and Whitehaven.
Birkbeck College, University Of London
Scene & Heard’s Artistic Director Rosalind Paul was made an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College in 2012. Scene & Heard first worked in partnership with Birkbeck in 2007 on the Playmaking One course and held a symposium for MA and PhD students from three of the University of London’s colleges: Birkbeck, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway.
Dr Aoife Monks of Birkbeck conducted research into the nature of volunteering using Scene & Heard as a case study. She continues to work closely with us on a variety of projects.
Professional Work Placement Scheme
Scene & Heard offers regular work placements for MA and BATE students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. We have also hosted placements from Clean Break , a women’s theatre company changing lives and changing minds.
As part of the animate! scheme funded by Channel 4 and Arts Council England, Scene & Heard received funding in 2004 for three of its children to write short films, which were then animated by professional director Tim Hope. Scene & Heard worked in partnership with Tim Hope and Passion Pictures to realise these films, which were screened on Channel 4 and continue to be shown at international film festivals. This afforded Scene & Heard a great opportunity to work in a different medium and for the three children involved, who worked one-on-one with professional animators during the project, to see their work produced in a very different public arena.
You can watch all three animations on our Films page.
National Theatre Of Scotland
The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) was launched in 2006 with the Home Project, a series of specially commissioned theatre and performance art events across Scotland. An original Scene & Heard volunteer and current Associate Director of the NTS, Anthony Neilson, invited us to work with him to create Home Edinburgh, a single piece of theatre written by a group of Edinburgh-based children using Scene & Heard methodology. The resulting piece, a mock session of First Minister’s Question Time was performed in Edinburgh by professional actors in March 2006. Seven local school children took part and were exposed to a new way of working with theatre and writing. This project was fully funded by NTS.
BBC World Service
As part of Generation Next, a BBC World Service season which gave voice to young people internationally, five Scene & Heard children wrote short plays which were performed by professional actors and broadcast throughout the world in December 2006 and in October 2007. Much as the animation project had done, this enabled Scene & Heard to work in a new medium and offer a new experience for our children, all of whom visited the recording studios. This project was fully funded by the BBC.
Listen to all 5 plays on SoundCloud >>