I’ve been involved with Theatre Orchard Project for several years as photographer/designer and as a member of the Board of Trustees but in February 2010 began a 6 month project as Co-ordinator and workshop facilitator with Clodagh Miskelly and Paddy Uglow, on a two-part project with a Digital Storytelling Workshop as the first component and a related mixed-media installation as the other.
We worked with students from Priory Community School on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare, and older learners from the Multicultural Friendship Association based in Weston. The aim of the Mediabox funded project was to bring these two groups together and introduce some first-hand cultural experiences to the students and increase their confidence by helping them mentor the older learners in the technological aspects of digital storymaking. Using creative media computer programmes was a new opportunity for the older learners too.
The stories created by the participants were on the theme of place and identity and they can be found on the Bristol Stories site.
The second phase of the project was to create a mobile shed to house the stories along with the interactive artefacts made by students that related to the stories. A collaborative process working with Somerset Wood Recycling, a technical facilitator, Tarim and theatre designer Sue Pearce.
Storyshed went on a tour of North Somerset between July and October 2010, visited and enjoyed by hundreds of people of all ages. Photographs of the Storyshed tour, taken by me for Theatre Orchard, can be seen here on Theatre Orchard’s flickr page