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Masterclass with The Ragroof Players

by SeaChange Arts & Coasters

FREE , 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Masterclass delivered by Marion Duggan and Matthew Blacklock of the Ragroof Players.

A superb professional development opportunity led by the acclaimed Ragroof Players.   This evening session will focus on the challenges, opportunities and benefits of creating work inspired by communities. The evening is presented as part of Circulate, SeaChange’s professional development and networking event.

There will be a focus on the experience of working with communities that are not familiar to you and how to respond to their interests and represent these in your work.

Marion and Matthew will  talk you through leading research interviews and discuss the ethics of this work. Developing meaningful relationships with hard-to reach audiences is one of the most important aspects of Ragroof”s work. This session will give you the confidence to build this into your own practice. They’ll demonstrate how research interviews shape and form our scripts, soundtrack and design. Finally  discussing how theatre can be a vehicle for change.

The Big Lottery Fund cited Ragroof”s project Happy Feet as an example of best practice in working with communities, and they won The People”s Project award in 2016.

Who is it for?
Artists, dancers, theatre makers and other practitioners working in community settings.

Ragroof Players: Biography
The Ragroof Players create site-specific and street theatre shows, community engaged and participatory performance projects, and bespoke events and commissions. Ragroof”s work is usually placed outside of theatres and arts spaces, challenging restricted and outmoded expectations of ‘community and participatory arts”. When venturing into dedicated art or theatre spaces, it is with the intention of bringing people into those spaces who would not usually be found there. Accessibility, integration and participation are not an ‘outreach” aspect of our work – they are our work.

Marion Duggan & Matthew Blacklock: Biographies
Marion is an artist, performer and Managing Artistic Director of The Ragroof Players. Oen her work involves in-depth research with communities, focusing on building and maintaining relationships. She has researched and developed oral history and reminiscence interview techniques, and using verbatim text in the devising processes. Marion is passionate about the shared experience of partner dancing and its preservation.

Matthew is a co-director of The Ragroof Players. He co-produced, directed and choreographed the company”s latest project, Happy Feet. Matthew is committed to creating theatre that brings people together, giving his audiences a sense of belonging to a community through a shared experience. Matthew graduated from East 15 and has previously worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East. He has directed a number of fringe productions and has worked as a puppeteer and ballroom and Latin dancer. Recently Matthew created his own company called Dance Floor Activist – a movement to encourage people to get active and feel great.

FREE, but booking essential. Book using the tab above. Limited travel bursaries available (email hello@seachangearts.org.uk for bursary info.)

Dance with Ragroof! SeaChange and The Ragroof Players host a monthly Tea Dance at The Drill House. Check for the latest dates here






Coasters:  Supported by Arts Council England”s Strategic Touring Fund, Coasters is a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.The consortium of highly experienced arts and cultural providers, festivals and theatre venues includes: SeaChange Arts (Great Yarmouth), Activate (Dorset), Worthing Theatres,Hastings Borough Council, LeftCoast (Blackpool and Wyre), Freedom Festival (Hull), Mouth of the Tyne Festival (Tynemouth), Theatre Orchard (Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset), SO Festival (Skegness), Dreamland (Margate), East Suffolk Council (Lowestoft and Felixstowe), Grand Theatre of Lemmings, Tendring District Council and Essex County Council.

Circulate is part of Making Waves Together, a wider partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council, and funded by the national Great Places Scheme, which is seeing communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns. Great Places has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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