Katy Weir and Scott Young have over 30 years experience working in community and young people’s engagement across the North-East and beyond. As freelance artists and as an organisation, we have communicated, collaborated, and celebrated with people ages 3-78 years of age and all with different stories to tell.
Partnerships include: Northern Stage, Northern Heartlands, Live Theatre, Darlington Hippodrome, Farnham Maltings, Phoenix Theatre, Bordon, Barnstorm Theatre, Ireland, and The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg.
Most recently, with the support of Creative Darlington, Darlington Hippodrome, and Arts Council England we have begun our Launch and Foundry theatre programme.
Our Launch programme is a twelve week conversation and creative play around PLACE working with 6 community groups including The Darlington After Care Team, Darlington Hippodrome’s Pepi’s People and Queen Elizabeth Sixth-Form College.
The Foundry is a year long professional training for amateur and professional actors aged 16+ and takes place at Darlington Hippodrome. Through a programme of theatre-making workshops and professional masterclasses the training aims to create a theatre-making collective who can move forward to find and create opportunities of their own.
‘Katy and Scott have challenged us to develop beyond where we thought possible and have done so in a fun way. I personally run to the group on a Tuesday as it gives me an enormous sense of well-being and belonging.’
ZOE MATHER (FOUNDRY PARTICIPANT)
Currently we are exploring what Year 2 of our Foundry programme may look like and also developing a large-scale community event as part of the Darlington Borough Council New Town Commission. Starting online, this will be made with and for our community and a celebration of Darlington and the people in it.
Katy and Scott are available for masterclasses in:
- Combining Text and Movement
- Devising Theatre
- Clowning and Mask
Both have a full enhanced DBS, public liability insurance, and works across the country on long and short-term projects. To enquire about workshop delivery just get in touch.
Featured Image Credit: c/o Darlington Hippodrome