Summer Luvvies

The weather may have been disappointing, but young Firefiers have had a great summer of drama, performance,creative play, music  film and writing events. Highlights include the 4 day National  Festival of Youth Theatre where 10 young people (undeterred by leaking tents) presented recent film-work and immersed themselves in workshops, performances, ceilidh and open-mic events.photo

Drama fun and performance projects took place in Linlithgow and Armadale, giving us a chance to meet lots of new faces, while our Cabaret project at Howden Park Centre showcased the diverse (and often illuminating) talents of both participants and staff.

F-Gaze, this year’s summer film project, involved an intrepid all-girl film crew filming an all-boy dance group in the wilds of the Kilpatrick Hills. Over-coming cold, wet and windy conditions, and the challenging terrain of  Devils Pulpit and The Whangie, these young film-makers will have surely earned that elusive Firefly Endurance Badge.FGaze01

Our final summer project, 3 Days In Summer, offered our growing number of young writers the opportunity to share work, inspiration, ideas and food in the beautiful surroundings of Beecraigs Country Park.

A highly productive summer then – and all made possible by our excellent team of staff, volunteers and associate artists. Huge thanks to the following for making 2015 a great summer!  Alison Cockcroft, Anna Humphries, Ellie Stewart, Geraldine Heaney, Jen Randall, Kirsty Byers, Laura Stephen, Natali McCleary, Polly Phillips and Rosie Reid. image

Meanwhile see below for Firefly’s autumn term of workshops, projects, training and performance events which restart on Monday 31st August. See you soon….  Autumn 15

 

 

 

The Gates

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The last of Firefly’s 3 summer shows, The Gates, rampaged it’s way through the Firefly Studio last weekend. Devised by Livingston’s Company 54 and directed by Kirsty Byers, this production didn’t hold back in its depiction of the bureaucracy, politics and general mayhem of teenagers trapped in transition between heaven and hell.

Combining strong performance with celestial dance routines and cutting social commentary, this production took no prisoners. While not afraid to parody themselves on stage, this young cast’s sense of off-stage camaraderie shone through.

Congratulations to all who contributed to this confident and live-wire production, in particular Jess Brettle and Malcolm Rogan for their wonderfully whacky set, costume and lighting design, and Sinclair MacKenzie for photography.IMG_0036IMG_0063

To see more photos from The Gates look here (photos by Sinclair MacKenzie)

To see The Gates programme look here

Metamorphosis

IMG_0026Linlithgow’s Company LA produced quality performance and inspired staging of Kafka’s Metamorphosis last weekend. Congratulations to all who performed and worked on this ambitious project, the dark and predatory tale of a young man who wakes to find he has turned into a beetle. The repercussions of this transformation move quickly from the young man himself to the the wider world of family, work and social norm. Sadly, in this case, love only goes so far.

Directed in the round by Anna Humphries, with the giant beetle (made up of 4 performers) imprisoned in an eerily lit scaffolding tower, this was a strikingly visual and provocative   production.The quality of set and lighting design (Jess Brettle and Malcolm Rogan) created an immersive experience for the audience from the start, and contributed greatly to an excellent night of seriously good theatre from this talented young cast.

Click here to view the programme for Metamorphosis
Click here to view more photographs from Metamorphosis
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Humming

IMG_0564Congratulations to the cast and production team for last week’s performance of Humming in the Firefly Studio. This devised piece (by our Young Production Company, Filament) is set in a painting and decorating apprenticeship workshop, where characters unravel through a barrage of word-games, physical theatre, film and wall-papering. Funny, unsettling and given to bouts of fantasy, performances were excellent throughout – and this production represents a significant move forward for Firefly and young adult performers in West Lothian.

Humming has been devised for Youth Theatre Arts Scotland’s Chrysalis programme, and despite the professionalism of last week’s show, is very much a work-in-progress.Thanks to all the performers who committed so readily to this project, to Kirsty Byers for pulling the work together and directing, Jess Brettle for costume and design, Malcolm Rogan for lighting design, Izzy Ross for choreography, Laura Firth for film and Sinclair MacKenzie for photography.

Special thanks also to Brian Mcgown at West Lothian College for essential wallpapering lessons. Thankfully none of the cast are, as yet, relying on their decorating skills to earn a living!

Click here to view the programme for Humming

Click here to view the photographs for Humming

Sumptious Summer Shows

We’ve 3 fabulous productions coming up this June. All performances are in the Firefly Studio at Howden Park Centre. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

First up is Humming, a new work devised by our young production company for YTAS’ national theatre programme. Set in a painting and decorating apprentice scheme, this production promises to peel back the paper and uncover those cracks we are all so keen to keep covered.Hum

Next we have an adaptation of Kafka’s dark tale of change and transformation, Metamorphosis, by  Linlithgow’s Company LA.. Metam

Finally The Gates, a devised piece by our Livingston company, Co.54, that explores moral, mortal and material justification.Gates

For information and ticket for all shows, contact:
T: 01506 333005
E: admin@firefly-arts.co.uk
W: http://www.firefly-arts.co.uk

 

Brilliant Savagery

IMG_0979Congratulations to the cast and production team of last week’s Lord Of The Flies. William Golding’s dark tale provided these young performers with a mine of themes to explore – conformity, friendship, control  and conflict. With excellent performances by all, particularly as  the drama built and the characters unraveled, Jess Brettle’s eerie set lent this production an unsettling sense of fallibility, deterioration and latent savagery.IMG_0954

A success all the more astonishing for the fact that this show was produced through Firefly’s annual Easter production project – blocked, rehearsed and performed in just 6 days! A huge ask for our young performers (12-16 years), but their commitment, professionalism and enthusiasm for the challenge shone through. Special thanks to Director Anna Humphries, the Production and Design team who imbued this production with such professionalism, and our talented actors: Ailsa, Alyssa, Dana, Erin, Faye, Lucina, Maebh, Matthew, Max and Taylor. View Lord Of The Flies 2015 photos here. View Lord Of The Flies programme here. Production photos: Sinclair MacKenzie

No Flies On Mr Stink

IMG_4542Congratulations to our Navigator 2 performers who gave a fantastic performance of David Walliam’s Mr Stink at Howden Park Centre last week. Thoughtful, comic and highly entertaining – this was a debut performance from a relatively new group of confident young Firefliers, who took no prisoners when it came to engaging their audience in the fun.

Thanks to Kirsty Byers for her excellent direction, family and friends who came to watch (and coped admirably with the audience participation), and the Firefly team who supported the production.

A Warm Welcome for Firefly Writers In Residence…

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Firefly aredelighted to announce the appointment of not one, but two Writers In Residence for our A Word In Your Ear arts programme.

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Martin O’Connor has worked in theatre and participation for over ten years. During that time he has developed his practice in poetry and spoken word, text-based performance and verbatim, which often overlaps between playwriting, performance and education/participation contexts. Martin’s own written solo shows include Theology, Zugzwang and Manifesto (The Arches), Reality (The Tron) and Inner Circle (Glasgow Subway Festival). Other writing credits include The Pokey Hat (Grinagog/Culture 2014), Do You Nomi? (Grant Smeaton/Alan Greig Dance), Ch Ch Changes, Wilful Forgetting, Playing Houses (Glasgay), Platypus in Boots, Pop-Up Theatre Royal (Scottish Opera).
Other work has included Man Up! (Citizens Theatre/HMP Barlinnie), Take a Stand (National Theatre of Scotland), and The Nation//Live (Visible Fictions/National Galleries of Scotland). He recently directed Alexander McCall Smith’s Anamchara: Songs of Friendship for Scottish Opera/Culture 2014.

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Ellie Stewart writes poetry and drama, and will be a familiar name to many of us as an active supporter of all things Firefly. She is currently working on her play There is Mischief with a mentor from BBC Radio Drama. Her short play Strictly was produced at the Traverse Theatre where she also tutors young writers. Future plays will feature Tunnocks tea-cakes and orangutans.

Ellie says: ‘I’m very excited to be supporting adventurous young writers at Firefly Arts, and to be part of A Word in Your Ear. It feels like a vibrant and important project.’

A warm welcome to both. We’re looking forward to working with you!

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