Here Comes Summer…

A chance to catch our breath following Firefly’s busiest time of the year, and it’s probably time for a round-up of recent projects, events and performance. Congratulations and thanks to the fabulous staff, participants, freelance artists, schools and partnership organisations who have seen us through 3 public productions, 12 end of term shows, 2 film screenings and 3 mini-rock concerts – all within 3 weeks!

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Children’s work has included  cracking performances of Dog Squad at Linlithgow Burgh Halls and The Grumblers at The Regal in Bathgate, along with promenade performances of Wonderland at Howden Park and This Is My Space in Boghall. Our P1-P3 children have screened their film-work, created through a Swedish exchange project, and we’ve been treated to  innovative BSL-signed devised work from our new Wednesday Navigators.

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Our older workshop groups have been equally busy. The combined forces of Company LA, Company 54, Company B and Friday Film Club infiltrated our home venue in Livingston for a full day of tech and performance, screening and partying. Catch Friday Film Club’s latest concoction,#benefitsoftimetravel here: https://vimeo.com/98429256

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Firefly also run a range of community and outreach projects, and we’ve been delighted to continue our weekly activity in Blackridge and Boghall. Our 2 year programme, PLANET, which works with children, young people and young adults with additional support needs has provided drama, sound design and music workshops throughout the year, and this term offered visual arts and a film/movement project that featured in NTS’ 5 minute theatre programme. View Breathe [A Word] here: https://vimeo.com/99129106

Significant creative achievement also, this term, in the excellent performance and film footage created through our weekly HYPE programme. We’re hoping to continue work with this fantastic group of young adults in the autumn, and are delighted that some of them will be joining us on our YMI funded music  project, SoundTown. SoundTown has been running throughout this year providing voice training, song, music and sound design projects across West Lothian. PlayShed, Firefly’s 1 year creative play programme, comes to an end this month with a family play day and Sprog Rock concerts held in partnership with Fauldhouse Library and WLC’s Arts Team.

School’s work also continues, and our thanks to Pinewood, Beatlie, Murrayfield, Blackburn, Falla Hill, Our Lady of Lourdes and St Kentigern’s schools for welcoming us through their doors this term.

Meanwhile Firefly’s summer season has started with a cracking double-bill of productions, These Shores and BiRD. These Shores is destined for the Contacting The World
International Theatre Festival in Manchester next month, where Firefly will
perform alongside young companies from Jamaica, India, Iran and England. This vibrant, multi-media piece explores themes of home, transition and moving on, and has been devised through a 9-month collaboration with our Jamaican twin company, Quilt Performing Arts.

BiRD is a raw tale of physical and emotional constraint, based on themes and characters within A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines. Created for this year’s National Festival of Youth Theatre, this young and newly-formed company have created a physical, emotionally-charged adaptation of a classic and brutal tale, finding moments of beauty in a harsh and unforgiving landscape.

For both shows, find photos here and programmes here.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing many of you at our summer holiday activity. Fingers crossed for a long, hot and harmonious summer. See you soon!

Joanna, Alison, Eleanor, Laura, Kirsty, Anna and Geraldine

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