How it works
The project is completely free and is split into two phases:
Phase One — Training
Wonder Fools are supporting organisations to move their youth work online focussing on best practice for digital facilitation and safeguarding. This free training is tailored to each organisation’s individual needs. For example, some organisations will have already moved their work online and Wonder Fools can respond by offering consultation that enhances the way you work digitally or makes your safeguarding procedures more robust. We have delivered training to nearly 30 organisations throughout July and are seeking expressions of interest for future sessions so please get in touch if you would like to express your interest.
Phase Two — Plays and Performance (September 2020 – March 2021)
Wonder Fools are offering organisations and groups a selection of rights-free plays to rehearse and perform, and a training pack that provides a 10-part framework of how to lead young people through the process of rehearsing and recording a play remotely from their own homes, whilst still working as a group. The framework will be suitable for everyone, from organisations experienced in working with plays to organisations who have never made theatre before and will be adaptable for each group’s particular needs. The final performances recorded by the different groups will be shared online and hosted on a website created by Wonder Fools that platforms and celebrates all the brilliant work from across the UK. The pack contains guidance on how to deliver the project in total lockdown, blended learning or completely live in the space.
The plays will be between 15-30 minutes in length and explore mental health. Positive Stories for Negative Times will be a broad programme of work and the stories will reflect the world that young people live in today. Each play will be targeted at a different age group between 12-25 with varying and flexible cast sizes to choose from to suit your group. The playwrights will be announced publicly in August but sign up now to be the first to get more information. The commissioned plays will compliment Wonder Fools’ wider programme and consist of stories that are politically urgent, stand up against oppression and share unheard voices.
Groups can sign up for both phases or just phase two, whichever you feel is right for your organisation.