New Drama Pack for Schools

Team Firefly are delighted to introduce our new drama programme, developed specifically for use with primary-age children, and ranging from lunchtime and
after-school drama clubs to curriculum-base projects and CPD for teachers.

We can tailor projects to meet specific needs, explore particular issues and suit most budgets. For more information, or to discuss your project further, please contact Eleanor Morrison on 01506 333005 or email eleanor@firefly-arts.co.uk.

 

#WE ARE FIREFLY- please support us!

Following a major funding cut, Firefly Arts are crowd-funding in order to run our fabulous winter show project. Not just a show (however fabulous), but a life-enhancing project that supports children and young people into devising, performance, design, theatre tech, film, marketing and box-office roles. Our young people are proactive, resourceful and determined to save this unique opportunity to build skills, work creatively and collaboratively.

Please support us by using this link, #WE ARE FIREFLY to check out our crowd-funder site. All donations warmly welcome. There are some terrific rewards – so don’t forget to use the ‘Select Reward’ button!

Can we also ask you to share the https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/firefly-arts link with as many folk as possible?

A heart-felt thank you to everyone who has support this campaign so far. The Wall of Fame on our #WE ARE FIREFLY tab, above, will be updated on a regular basis!

Welcome back…

Welcome back to Firefly for an awesome autumn term! Despite the ongoing £inancial situation, we’ve enjoyed some great projects over the summer break. Play In A Week projects in Livingston and Linlithgow created two excellent, and certainly unique, shows, while song and voice workshops with young people from across West Lothian produced some amazing sounds.

Our young workshop assistants joined us for Firefly’s Fringe Day Out in Edinburgh, and we’ve been delighted to welcome back a host of ex-Firefly participants to film a fabulous fund-raising promo for our Winter Show crowd-funder campaign #WE ARE FIREFLY. Thanks to West Lothian Courier who covered this event last week, and more news on this over the next few days…

In fact we’ve lots of exciting and creative stuff to keep you (and us!) busy over the next few months, so keep an eye out here,  on Facebook and Instagram, to keep updated on all things Firefly.

Meanwhile we’ve still spaces in the following after-school drama workshops. Call 01506 333005 or email Alison on admin@firefly-arts.co.uk to find out more.

Firefly Autumn Workshops

Having smashed it at this year’s National Festival of Youth Theatre (well done guys! See NFYT photos here), Team Firefly are now prepping for our summer holiday projects. Just a few places left, so get in touch double quick if you don’t want to miss out on all the fun.

Meanwhile don’t get so carried away with summer fun that you forget to register for our Autumn workshop programme. We’ve made some changes, so give us a call or email if you need more information before you book.

Creating Chaos and Facing Fear….

Congratulations to both casts, production and technical teams that put together Firefly’s sumptuous summer double-bill last weekend. Its been a huge amount of work, in particular for directors Kirsty Byers and Miriam Larrainzar, but the achievements of these young people and the quality of both performances were tremendous.

First on was Titus, created by our Bathgate Navigator group and after Shakespeare’s most gory play, Titus Andronicus. Beheadings, mutilations and people baked in pies are just some of the dastardly deeds in this searing tale of lust, madness and revenge. The young performers (P7 to S2) delivered Shakespeare’s text with passion and expression, alternating with now-speak to enable their shell-shocked audience to catch up on some of the more complex story-lines. An absolute treat to watch, Titus was shocking, fast-paced, beautifully produced and hilarious.

Second on was Firefly young company’s devised piece, Have Heart Know Fear. Sparsely staged with 6 performers wielding huge metal frames, this strange and dream-like production led us into a mirror-world of pain, fear, cause and effect. With strong and confident performances, the cast created a poignant, arresting and, at times, discomforting insight into the human condition. A significant achievement for all involved, not least for the level of open emotion required.

Have Heart Know Fear will be performed again at the National Festival of Youth Theatre at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr on Friday 5th July.

Our thanks to everyone involved in these productions. Both shows were teched by young people who recently completed Firefly Theatre Tech training, stoically supported  by Lighting Designer Malcolm Rogan. They were fabulously designed and costumed by Jessica Brettle. Thanks also to Sinclair MacKenzie for the production photos.

Last but certainly not least, huge thanks to all the young people involved, their families and carers, and Team Firefly for their continued support in increasingly challenging times!

View Titus and Have Heart Know Fear publicity and programme here.

View Titus photographs by Sinclair MacKenzie here.

View Have Heart Know Fear photographs by Sinclair MacKenzie here.

Dreamy, Dark and Dastardly – Firefly Summer Productions

Don’t miss out on Firefly’s sumptuous summer double bill on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June. Our Bathgate Voyagers will kick off with Titus, a unique interpretation of Shakespeare’s non-stop pot-boiler, Titus Andronicus;  and closely followed by Have Heart Know Fear, a devised and dream-like piece by Firefly’s Young Company.

Have Heart Know Fear will be performed again at the Gaiety Theatre Ayr, on Friday 5th July for the National Festival of Youth Theatre.

Some strong content, so performances are suitable for ages10+. For tickets and further information call 01506 333005 or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk.

See you there!

 

Summer Fun at Firefly

Welcome back, primed and fortified with Easter chocolate, for a packed and fun-filled summer term. We’ve a wide range of workshops, activities, projects, events, rehearsals and performance lined up over the next few months, including our regular after-school drama and film-making workshops at Howden Park Centre, St Mary’s Church Hall in Bathgate, and Low Port Centre in Linlithgow. See below for details.

This term’s school, outreach and community projects are running in partnership with Bathgate Academy, New Directions West Lothian, #Junx10n, Linlithgow Heritage Trust, Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge Primary Schools, and West Lothian’s MCMC team. Key events include:

Firefly Club-Nites (extraordinary dance events for extraordinary people) at Howden Park Centre on Fridays 3rd and 31st May.

Curious Histories. Interactive performances on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 9th May to mark the re-opening of Linlithgow Museum by children at local primary schools.

SkyLight Technical Training. Theatre lighting skills, with Malcolm Rogan, for aspiring technicians on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.

The Duchess of Malfi at the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. Opportunity for our older participants to experience a new and contemporary take on Webster’s dark and gory tale of revenge.

Not forgetting Firefly’s fabulous summer double-bill at Howden Park Centre on Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June. Bathgate Voyagers tackle Shakespeare’s bloodiest play, Titus Andronicus, and send it flying! While Firefly’s Theatre Lab performers debut their devised work, Have Heart Know Fear, which they will take to the National Festival of Youth Theatre in Ayr in July.

Meanwhile keep up with happenings, news and events through Firefly’s Facebook and Instagram sites, email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk or call us on 01506 333005.

Severe Weather and Sudden Cancellation Information

Time to remind all Firefly families and carer of workshop cancellation arrangements, should we be stricken by severe weather conditions, plague, or sudden venue closure.

  • Firstly, check Firefly’s website and Facebook pages. We will post any sudden cancellation or venue change here. In severe weather conditions, we will update these on a daily basis.
  • Please don’t drop children off for workshops or projects without checking that staff are there and the activity is going ahead.
  • If in any doubt contact us by phone 01506 333005, by Facebook messenger or email admin@firefly-arts.co.uk.

If your child or young person is due to attend activity that has had to be cancelled, we will phone and email the emergency contacts on their registration form. It is essential for the safety of your child that this information is up to date.