This year’s Hope Theatre Company (HTC) has hit the ground running.
Every year the Department of Creative and Performing Arts, under the directorship of Dr Niamh Malone, mentor recent graduates as professional drama facilitators, delivering specialised projects in a range of communities in Liverpool.
Already for 2019, the company has begun its delivery of The Forgotten Futures and the City project, which will see HTC visit nine nursing homes in Liverpool, facilitating 18 drama workshops for people living with dementia.
This project will accumulate in a week-long interactive exhibition at TATE Liverpool (March 4th – 10th). The company is also adapting The Forgotten Futures project for prisons, and will deliver an intensive week of workshops in HM Prison Liverpool at the end of February.
March will also see the group work with the European Opera Centre and its project The Cunning Little Vixen. The project aims to breach the gap between Opera as an art form and children from deprived areas in Liverpool. Their creative devising will be on show through Promenade Theatre to celebrate 175 Years of the opening of Liverpool Hope University.
The theatre company are also working with the Department of Creative and Performing Arts’ to showcase their work in secondary schools and colleges, through a series of taster drama sessions.
HTC was established in 2012 and specialises in using applied theatre to work for social change. The company is interested in using the power of the arts to enable people to voice their concerns, and the concerns of our time, through creative means. The company aims to bring theatre to communities that may not have the means of production, nor accessibility to professional culture makers.
Image: Sonia Kennedy Facilitating The Forgotten Futures and the City project.