Led by Rosa Stourac McCreery
11am – 2pm
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
This workshop was for anyone involved in or interested in activism, protesting/campaigning, or advocating in some way.
It can be nerve-wracking to speak or ‘act’ in front of many people.
These workshops were designed to build confidence, resilience, and provide tools and opportunities to explore creative protest, performance with a purpose, Forum Theatre, and the ability to effectively deal with unexpected interventions or challenges.
We did this through physical and vocal warm-ups, games and exercises that work on presence and engaging an audience, using humour and comedy as a tool, improvising, and looking at how we can tell the story of power dynamics, and challenge this, through performance language.
Rosa Stourac McCreery is a performer, facilitator and director, Clown Doctor, and Director of Dynamix Extreme CIC. She trained in performing arts at Middlesex University, Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, and trained in Forum Theatre at Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Paris, and with Cardboard Citizens in London. She has used theatre to work with marginalised groups in Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, and Malawi, as well as in the North East of England.
The Claudia Jones Space Station is part of Freedom City and has been commissioned by The NewBridge Project in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
The Claudia Jones Space Station is a temporary, living monument named after pioneering Trinidad-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones.
Over the course of four days, The Claudia Jones Space Station will perform an experiment in community formation, involving visitors, collaborators and participants from throughout the region.
Inspired by the model of the Space Station – where multiple experiments take place simultaneously – the CJSS invites you to take part in a range of workshops, events and screenings organised in partnership with artists, activists and collectives concerned with questions of social justice, from Newcastle/Gateshead and beyond. Private or individual meetings, conversations and exchanges can also take place within the space.