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Futuredesh was a long-running theatre project by Peshkar Productions in Oldham. We developed it from work undertaken in the town and in Bangladesh on the theme of Global warming and the implications for all of us.
This manifestation was the installation of a Futuredesh digital theatre set/s into a shop in Oldham town centre.
Acting as lead-artist, both on the overall project and on its many smaller components I devised, made and ran the workshops which involved lots of audience interaction such as:
Music making with African instruments, found devices and Kaossilators.
Making soundscapes to accompany theatrical 'moments'.
Wordles and large projections - text and word interfaces
Style sheets using compact cameras to get participants to look at themselves as characters - photographing elements of their clothing, hair, shoes and 'style'.
Joneka's room, a dramatised video with discussion about the characters depicted.
Groups included Esol groups, disabled and youth dancers, youth 'at risk', school and youth groups from across Oldham.
The event was hugely sucessful. The participants - most never having been to a theatre before, let alone an experimental installation like this, loved the activites, empathised with the characters and were stimulated in their external activites.