We started the year with a call out for a poetry night during Women's History Month. We partnered with The Royal Court Theatre and Poplar Union to bring together 2 night of powerful poetry and excellent vibes.
We continued with The Wedding Speech Tour supported by Arts Council England, touring Hope Theatre, Camden People's Theatre, Poplar Union, Soho Theatre, and The Space.
We recruit SIX new members to the Digital Youth Board and expand the Operations Team to support the re-emergence of our Signature Programming; Our Summer Holiday Drama Club and our Facilitator Training Programme with support from the Social Enterprise Support Fund. UnLtd & SSE.
We co-produce For The Love Of A Primary Caregiver by Cheryl Ndione for Brixton House Theatre and Camden People's Theatre with Associate Company Nouveau Riche.
The Purple Moon Drama Black History Month Scratch Night went up with support from Tower Hamlets Council. We handed over the mic and assembled a brilliant team of young leaders to make it happen. We had a full capacity audience of young people and local people at Poplar Union in East London.
We brought Essentially Black by Digital Youth Board member Naomi Denny to Camden's People's Theatre in October 2021. Apple, by Cheryl Ndione, went up at The Pleasance in May 2021.
We set up the Purple Moon Drama Digital Youth Board.
Sadly in April 2020, we had to close down our Drama Clubs and Facilitation Programmes and pivoted to online delivery for 16 - 25s only.
We planned a digital employment programme called I Want A Creative Career, and won support from the European Social Fund. We exceeded our proposal targets, securing 8 paid jobs from a cohort of 15.
We delivered a Digital Scratch project for Black History Month.
New Writing Commissions & School Tours
We commissioned one of PMD's regular participants to write a full-length piece, Jollof Wars, which we toured to schools and took to VAULT Festival in 2020.
Graveyard Gang by Lakesha Arie-Angelo is seen by over 900 young people on tour. The piece focuses on mental health, grief, and friendship from a young perspective. Schools visited were: Central Foundation Girls, E3 (210 pupils) Mulberry UTC, E3 (210 pupils) Swanlea School, E1 (205 pupils) London Alternative Academy, E1 (60 pupils) Poplar Union, E14 (80 pupils), Bow School (202 pupils)
Our Facilitator Training Intensives are delivered to train up assistants and meet new session Leads for our school holiday drama club programmes.
In June 2018, we produce 'Rumble' by Yasmin Joseph a Community Theatre production for The Gate Theatre in association with Harrow Club
We deliver TWO Summer Holiday Drama Clubs at St Paul's Old Ford and Eastside Community Centre
We commissioned Graveyard Gang by Lakesha Arie-Angelo into a full-length piece. It was Directed by Simone Watson-Brown and performed by 7 company members.
Side Effects written by Iman Quershi went up at The Roof Gardens in Canary Wharf in 2017. Iman subsequently went on to win the Papatango Prize with her exceptional play, The Funeral Director.
After the success of Side Effects, we continue to develop touring youth theatre productions each year by commissioning upcoming writers to create TIE projects..
Tinderella and the Beast by Cheryl Ndione was performed in Studio 2 at Arcola Theatre. It then toured Spotlight and the Teviot Centre in Langdon Park.
We produced Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman at the Brady Arts Centre in East London on the 30th of April and 1st of May 2016.
There was a creative team of 18 young participants.
We sold out both nights. Stormzy came to see the show and Tweeted about it afterward.
We delivered a spin-off devised piece performed at The Barbican's Pit Theatre called Blood-Line.
The very first Purple Moon Drama session took place on November 15th, 2014 at The Rag Factory in Brick Lane.
We ran weekly Drama Club sessions with two age groups. We created a showcase of devised work and scripted work for the separate groups and invited an audience of family and friends.
We then staged an abridged version of Alan Ayckbourn's 1950's comedy, Confusion, at The Rag Factory in Brick Lane in April 2015.
Later that year, we put up Martin Crimps Attempts On Her Life at the Tarling Community Centre.
Purple Moon Drama works with young people between the ages of 5-30, and our programmes aim to be inclusive of all young people, particularly addressing the inequalities in the arts sector.
Purple Moon Drama is committed to raising awareness of issues related to equality and diversity in our work, to ensure all participants act in a way that enables equality and inclusion.
We strive to provide an environment in which all feel safe, respected and valued.
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