Shock n Awe Performance Co
PUTTING PEOPLE IN THEIR PLACE
9 FILMS BY YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ACROSS WALES
In Partnership with Choice Project and Swansea University
PUTTING PEOPLE IN THEIR PLACE
WORLD PREMIERE OF NINE SHORT FILMS BY YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS WALES
THE ORIEL OF THE SENEDD BUILDING NOVEMBER 7TH 12 NOON TO 3PM
Shock n Awe Performance Company (SnA) in partnership with The Choice Project of Swansea and Swansea University with funding from The National Lottery, Welsh Assemble Government, Arts Council of Wales and the EU “Reach The Heights” initiative have toured Wales creating nine short films with groups of young people. Some of the young filmmakers are for various reasons at risk of disengagement and exclusion. Some of the young people are classified as being, or in danger of becoming, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Some of our young people do not fit any of these categories, but nevertheless their voices need to be heard.
The basic premise of the project was simple; SnA’s trained staff would turn up at a location chosen by partner organisations with two cameras, sound equipment, computers, screens and projectors. Each group of young people were challenged to make a film in a week. The starting point was the immediate environment and the people who inhabit it. By asking young people to stop, look and question we hoped to bring about a deeper sense of what it means to be here, now, alive and human.
The accent upon “credibility of outcome”; that the films would be shown across the world, gave the filmmaker’s ideas status. It put positive pressure on them to succeed and often revealed their potential to self-sabotage and habitually underachieve. It then allowed us to tackle these self-destructive inner-mechanisms head on. They aspired to success and therefore wished to overcome their learned resistance to it. The results speak for themselves; these young people are capable of creating beauty, meaning and entertainment for others. Their intelligence, creativity and optimism are here to see.
They were asked to film people they lived amongst, asking them what they thought about their environment: What would they change? What do they hope for? What is their fondest memory of this place? What are their greatest fears for the future? These “interviews” would form part of the whole and would feed their narrative writing and visual decision-making.
The skills being employed were technical. However, the desire to master technology was subliminally motivated by the desire to make something of value. Choices informed by observation of the world were channelled through calm reflection, debate, compromise, empathy and respect for others’ opinions. Pride in realising that one can shape one’s voice and project it into the world in a substantial way, was life enhancing, empowering, liberating, creative, fun and therefore an intensely human experience. For young people who have been ignored, undervalued, excluded, brutalised, repressed and subjugated, these were often revelations.
Our objective and methodology was to reawaken love and a sense of wonder at and for humanity and the world around us, in so doing to feel a closer and more immediate sense of our place within the world. We hoped to, “put people in their place”, only for once to make that a positive experience.
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BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS!
SHOCK N AWE PERFORMANCE CO
An adult only Christmas Review
“Beauty and The Beasts:
Mon 16th to Wed 18th December 2013 @ 8pm
“Beauty and the Beasts” is a satirical, irreverent and gloriously democratic take on the year’s great events and the warped and twisted personalities that shaped them.
Margaret Thatcher was buried, or was that resurrected? The nation rejoiced when Kate Middleton found a new way to part her hair. Nigel Farage had the Tory party spitting into Cameron’s Eton Mess. We demonstrated our belief in democracy by backing a military coup in Egypt and as we go to press Parliament is discussing bombing Syria. This was the year Gareth Bale left Whitchurch, Andy Murray almost smiled and Sir Alex Ferguson actually did. As for our energy policy don’t even get us fracking started!
If you have an idea for a song or a sketch then this is your chance. Contact us at www.shocknawe.org and get involved!
AND BE ON THE LOOK OUT IN 2014 FOR A NEW IMPROVED VERSION OF….
Written and Directed by Greg Cullen
Choreographed by Jem Treays
Music by Jak Poore
Visuals by John Collingswood of Taikabox
Cast: Jams Thomas, Joanna Simpkins, Francois Pandolfo, Ceri Lloyd and Gerald Tyler.
One Friday night an exotic, beautiful man falls from the sky, washing up in the river by a seemingly cursed Welsh farm. So begins this darkly comic new play from the multi award-winning writer of “Muscle”. When the degenerate farmer and his three adult children discover the corpse the web of guilt and history, which has bound them together, begins to unravel. As they each fall in love with this angelic stranger they wonder where he could have fallen from and why a sinister man in a green Barbour coat is so desperate to find him?
Chapter Arts Centre, Market rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE
Heol y farchnad, Treganna, Caerdydd CF5 1QE
Box Office/Swyddfa: +44(0)29 2030 4400
Dates Performance week – Monday 27 October – Saturday November 1st at 8pm
Matinee Saturday November 1st at 2.30pm
Please be advised that this show contains some strong language and sexual content