Professional and Community Productions & Projects

Slow Theatre aims to provide opportunities for local artists to work at a professional level. Slow Theatre Company also works with the community to provide artistic opportunities and performances at a community level.

If you're interested in being involved in any of our community or professional projects, please contact info@slowtheatrecompany.co.uk

Slow is a not-for-profit theatre company: our profits are put back into our community. The creative arts can be a powerful tool to look at serious issues for a community and the individual.


Previous Projects:

I'm Here - a creative arts project for carers of people living with dementia

Stage one

During 2016 diaries were distributed to Carers throughout South Norfolk and Norwich. These diaries were to be used in any way helpful for participants. In September several diaries were collected back in and used as inspiration for a 18 minute one-woman performance. This performance was shown at the Wymondham Literary Festival in October 2016.There was also a poetry reading and a Q&A session.

During this performance people were asked to feedback their feelings and thoughts.

Stage two

To counter the serious of the Diary project, Slow Worked with the Pabulum Cafe to design a duck for the Break Great Duck race. This duck proved to be a great conversation simulator with the members and provoked many funny stories.

Then in 2017, Danny directed a group from the cafe in a dementia-friendly pantomime. Cinderella did go to the ball, albeit in a garden wheelbarrow. It was great fun with plenty of audience participation. No two rehearsals were the same and scripts and words were only used as a guideline. The cafe was alive with laughter that day.

Stage three

The I'm Here creative arts exhibition at the Millennium Library as part of the national Dementia Awareness Week May 15th - 20th

During this week the dairies will be on view along side audio recordings from local Carers, art work from the Wymondham Dementia Cafe, created by people living with dementia and a further performance of I'm Here.

Slow Theatre Company will be working with local poets, hi-hop artists and writers to produce an hour of spoken word every day at the library during the week, times below:

18,000 Sculpture
In partnership with Wymondham Dementia Cafe, Slow is coordinating the development of a large sculpture to open at the Millennium library exhibition. This sculpture is being created with local artist Tsubi Du using 18,000 forget-me-nots, crotchet by Wymomdham Dementia Cafe members to represent the 18,000 people living with dementia in Norfolk today.

This artwork will be on view from May 15th in the Millennium Library

Well-being workshops
At our workshops we drawer on games and exercises from theatre, improv and mindfulness to create a fun and relaxed hour where people can have fun, laugh and enjoy their hour together.

We are starting sessions monthly in Bowthorpe, open to anyone facing a chronic illness, dementia or other personal challenges, please email us for further details.

We are available to run these workshops at very affordable prices, anywhere in Norfolk. Please get in touch for further details.

Thank you's!

Firstly thank you to all the Carers and people living with dementia that have taken time to take part in all of our activities, we do not underestimate that this at times must have felt like an impossible task.

We thank Caroline Varney-Bowers at the Millennium Library for the great partnership working getting the exhibition to the library.

A massive thank you to our lovely artists, Sally Adams for her wonderful work on our Break charity duck race Molly and to Tsubi Du, for her amazing work getting the I'm Here sculpture to life.

Both ladies worked free of charge, attended meetings at the cafe and worked with us, both truly wonderful community arts facilitators.

Thank you for financial assistance to:
Wymondham Town Council,
Norfolk Carers
South Norfolk Council
Funders: The Carers Agency Partnership
Wymondham Town Council


St Walstan Project - This Earth We Tread, 2016

A local community multi-arts immersive theatre performance in Bowthorpe, the St Walstan's Community Project, with and for local people.

An innovative theatre production inspired by the life of St Walstan, Norfolk's patron saint of agriculture and farming, who died 1,000 years ago this year.

This was a multli-arts outdoor promenade performance set in the beautiful and atmospheric Ruins of St Michael and All Angels, as part of Heritage Week. It was written and performed with and by people from the local community. Participants faced many personal challenges but came together regardless of age, backgrounds and personal circumstances.

The script was finalised by award-winning playwright Danusia Iwaszko, who provided writing workshops to local people to help with the writing process. The performance featured haunting original music composed by Pat Hanchett, modern dance choreographed by talented young local performers, and professional puppetry. Directed by Danny O'Hara of Slow Theatre Company.

Walstan chose to leave behind a life of privilege to live and work in close connection with the land. This piece explored modern issues of land ownership and disenfranchisement, displacement, disconnection and conservation against the backdrop of his life.


What has stayed with participants from the St Walstan Community Creative Arts Project in 2016?

"A sense of wonder and joy in the way it all came together. In the risk-taking that enabled everyone involved to contribute in each person's unique way, and therefore being willing to let it take shape over time without panicking! A sense that God was guiding. A sense that St. Walstan was being justly celebrated on land that he must have been familiar with."
The best use of Saint Michael and All Angels Ruin for the last 150 years (since the Ruin was de-roofed in 1792). Danny's perseverance and inspiring leadership.

Sally Simpson Workshop assistant. Contributor to the script, and helped with hosting rehearsals and performances.


The satisfaction of knowing that something I created, when combined with the work of others, resulted in a community project that was truly memorable.

Tony Vale (Community Liaison Consultant). A member of the Writing Team.


I learned a lot about how to perform outside, in sometimes rubbish weather, and made good friends

Tom, age 13


I very much enjoyed performing in this beautiful outdoor space in a piece about nature and faith, two things that are very important in my life.

Anonymous


Meeting some very talented people with an enviable social conscience, willing to give up their time and efforts for the benefit of others. The setting

Anonymous

Latitude 2019

The Wymondham Youth Group was invited to perform twice, on two different stages at the a UK music and performing arts festival, Latitude Festival, set each year in the beautiful Henham Park, Southwold.

Performing a new panto, written by Danny O'Hara, the young actors entertained over 130 children and families. Not only was this the first time for our young actors to perform at such a large event but it was the first time for many of them to attend a festival.

The day was a huge success with lots of fun both on and off the stage.

We thank Latitude Festival for supporting young actors in the region, by giving them this chance.

Youth Theatre Festival - Norwich, December 2017

A fun day for young people to try workshops in Scare Acting, comedy, Improv, character and devising, as well as the chance to develop and perform a play in a day!

Open to all young people in the Eastern Region age 13 - 18.

I'm Here - a creative arts project for carers of people living with dementia, 2017

I'm Here is a professional performance based on the writings of local carers of people living with dementia. Taking part in "Scratch Night" at the Garage in Norwich, Wymondham literary festival and at the millenium library in May 2017 during dementia awareness week.

I'm here featured a theatrical performance inspired by the carers diaries and creative works from people living with dementia.

For more information about this project, visit the project page

Wymondham Dementia Cafe, February 2017

Working with the Wymondham Dementia Cafe, Slow Theatre put on a panto. Hilarious and never the same twice, oh yes it was!

Invite us to work with your Day Centre or Dementia Cafe!

St Walstan Project - This Earth We Tread, 2016

A local community multi-arts immersive theatre performance in Bowthorpe, the St Walstan's Community Project, with and for local people.

An innovative theatre production inspired by the life of St Walstan, Norfolk's patron saint of agriculture and farming, who died 1,000 years ago.

This was a multli-arts outdoor promenade performance set in the beautiful and atmospheric Ruins of St Michael and All Angels, as part of Heritage Week. It was written and performed with and by people from the local community. Participants faced many personal challenges but came together regardless of age, backgrounds and personal circumstances.

For more information about this project, visit the project page

Ongoing Projects:

Also important to us is an exchange of creative arts to support like-minded organisations. Slow has been supporting the improv company, Dogface Improv since it was established in 2016. In return for support in mentoring, admin and coaching Dogface offers free workshops, tech support and help in advertising.

Both Slow and Dogface believe our collaboration is mutually beneficial to both staff, volunteers and those taking our workshops.

For more information about Dogface, visit http://dogfaceimprov.com

You can get in touch by emailing info@slowtheatrecompany.co.uk