A Northampton theatre practitioner is looking for local businesses to support a new ground-breaking production.
Helen Clifford, of Hummingbird Drama Productions, has already opened conversations with people and businesses, exploring perceptions and opinions around homelessness in Northampton, which is rising at twice the national average.
The Greyfriars Island Project, in partnership with the Hope Centre, a Northampton charity tackling poverty and homelessness, will work directly with Hope’s service users, in a series of drama and theatre making sessions exploring their stories and experiences. The content from these sessions will inform a script and, with support from Generate at Royal & Derngate, will be presented as a full-length play.
“It will be the first time we introduce drama to this community in Northampton. It will help to upskill and empower those affected by homelessness, raise further awareness of the current homeless crisis and humanise the homeless by challenging misconceptions.”
Helen is raising money to fund the sessions, which will give participants confidence, help form new friendships, enable them to be part of a safe and supportive community and offer a platform for their voices to be heard. It could potentially make a real difference to the lives of those individuals, as well as the local community.
The Greyfriars Island Project has already gained support from the David Laing Foundation and writer Alan Moore. He says giving homeless people the chance to have their stories heard, could help them find a way back into the world.
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