Firefliers celebrated the end of the Autumn term with no less that 12 sharings, shows and film screenings across West Lothian last week.Younger participants performed with gusto in Beanstalk, A Tangle of Tigers, The Legend Collectors, Jelly Piece, Christmas Eve-il and Stoney Island. Livingston Navigators (P4 – P7′s) also demonstrated their new-found tech skills by operating the lights and sound effects for their own work and the Voyagers’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Over 60 young people from Firefly’s senior companies (Friday Film Club, Co.LA, Co.B and Co.54) closed the week by performing work developed through this term’s exploration of comedy genre. An astonishingly good night of satire, black humour and parody – liberally laced with slapstick and an alarming amount of whipped cream.
Firefly closes for the Christmas/New Year break from Thursday 19th December to Tuesday 7th January. Spring workshops re-start on Monday 13th January 2014.
Thanks to all participants, families, staff, board members, volunteers, community partners and funders who have helped us achieve so much in 2013. We look forward to working with you all in 2014!
Huge thanks to all who attended the premiere of Common Ground at Howden Park last Friday. The evening was hosted by Firefly’s talented young film-makers and, in addition to Common Ground, we screened the 8 short films that fed into it.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Common Ground was created with young people in every key position of the crew and is the result of a 2-year film project with communities across West Lothian. Led by Jen Randall, young film-makers created several short films about growing up in West Lothian, using a range of genres that included experimental drama, animation and documentary.
No worries if you missed the premiere – you can view Common Ground, the Show Reel (an excellent intro into how the film was made) and all the link films here: https://vimeo.com/album/2589207
Meanwhile thanks to all who’ve contributed to this fantastic project and our excellent young film-makers. Especial thanks to Jen Randall, Geraldine Heaney, Kirsty Byers, Dom Bush, David McKeitch and Euan Ryan
A DVD of all the films can be ordered from Firefly for £5.
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Guid Scratch 2013, our script-in hand showcase for young, not so young, aspiring and established artists, provided a great night out last weekend. New writing included work by Davey Anderson, Sylvia Dow, Catherine Grosvenor, Ross Walker and Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh. Along with excellent directing and performance, all pieces were eclectically framed by the delights of Swedish Bingo and local band Tropical Penguin.
Guid Scratch is an annual event that invites scripts and work in progress from new and established writers. Once work has been selected, the GS panel line up a director and performers for each piece. All come together for an intensive afternoon of 30 minute rehearsals before this script-in-hand, seat-of-your-pants event takes place that same evening.
Programme, performance and entertainment levels this year were phenomenal. Check out the photos here. Congratulations and thanks to all who contributed, with special thanks to Guid Scratch Die-Hards, Ellie Stewart, Philip Kingscott and Mary Gapinski.
There’s a big night out for Firefly’s talented young film-makers this month, with the premiering of Common Ground, the pinnacle film of our 2-year project for young people, 731 Bathgate Nights. Shot in July 2013 and shaped by narrative and visual references from a series of link films, Common Ground emerges as a beautiful, witty and quirky reflection on growing up in West Lothian.
Following the premiere on Friday 22nd November, Common Ground will be released on Firefly’s Vimeo site at https://vimeo.com/album/2589207 on Saturday 23rd November. Check this site out now and you can enjoy the link films created by young people across West Lothian, who have honed their film, tech and performance skills through 731 Bathgate Nights. Our thanks to our excellent young film-makers, Jen Randall, the lead artist/film-maker on this project, and for invaluable support from Geraldine Heaney, Kirsty Byers, Dom Bush, David McKeitch and Euan Ryan
731 Bathgate Nights and Common Ground have been funded by Creative Scotland.
Guid Scratch makes a welcome return to the Firefly Studio on Saturday 16th November, with its annual mix of new writing, directing and performance. Guid Scratch is a Firefly fund-raiser, an eclectic showcase for young, not so young, aspiring and established artists. With added delights of Swedish Bingo and Guid-Scratchola, this promises to be a cracking night out and so much more! We’d love to see you there.
To book your tickets for this fabulous, not-to-be-missed, event call 08447 744496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re delighted to announce that Firefly have been selected as one of 3 UK youth theatre companies to participate in this year’s Contacting The World international theatre exchange programme. This bi-annual project provides an international platform for new connections, theatre skills and performance between young people from different backgrounds
Firefly have been twinned with Quilt Performing Arts Company in Jamaica, and we’ll be setting each other monthly tasks to develop collaborative process and performance.There will be an exchange visit to Jamaica in the spring and a production in West Lothian, before all 6 Contacting The World companies come together to perform at the Manchester Festival in July 2014.
Congratulations to all Firefliers who put together the winning application. There’s plenty of hard graft ahead, including the fund-raising, but you’re in for a great time!
Meanwhile catch up on Contacting The World and the other participating companies at: http://youtu.be/_gtSctsx0ew
Guid Scratch makes a welcome return to the Firefly Studio on Saturday 16th November, offering a heady and eclectic mix of new writing, directing and performance. Engineered by Ellie Stewart, Philip Kingscott and Mary Gapinski, scripts are assigned directors, cast and a short rehearsal slot on the Saturday afternoon – ready for performance at 7pm.
Guid Scratch is a Firefly fund-raiser, an innovative showcase for young, not so young, aspiring and established artists, a great night out and so much more! Join us!
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We can’t believe how fast this term is speeding by. Time to let you know about the exciting holiday activity we have planned for the October break, from Monday 21st to Friday 25th October. Book your place on either of these projects by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 08447 744496.
A reminder also, that following the school’s holiday, Firefly take an additional week’s break from regular film and drama workshops – which will re-start from Monday 4th November and run until Friday 13th December.
Its been a creative summer for young Firefliers in Linlithgow and Livingston, resulting in 2 excellent performance pieces. Beyond Your Years took a sometimes poignant, very funny and often irreverent look at relationships between children and grandparents, while in Unlocked World intrepid reporters from 7 Star News investigated strange climate change, mysterious keys and dodgy pet shop dealings. Was something sinister about to happen? Of course…. Firefly’s summer performance projects are always full of drama!
Thanks to everyone who took part. We look forward to seeing you all again – either in our term-time workshops (click onto What’s On/Current Programme, above) or for our October holiday projects.