Youngsters from Corsham took part in free theatre workshops led by The Last Baguette theatre company in 2017, including a street theatre performance at Taste of Corsham, and a series of fun fairy-tale themed workshops at the Springfield Campus. These free theatre workshops were funded by the Corsham Local Youth Network, and involved 40 young people during the year.
The young people created their own characters and movement in order to create a fantastic food-themed procession through the High Street during Taste of Corsham. The performance culminated in a showing of comedy sketches on the theme of food and cooking on the stage outside Grounded. There were angry chefs, curmudgeonly critics, picky diners, and a broadcast of the Great Corsham Bakeoff.
In the Twisted Tales autumn workshops, young people developed their own modern twists on traditional fairy tales, and created and presented their own characters and scenes to reflect on contemporary issues. Students learnt about creating theatre, performing, directing and working with costume. The workshops aimed to sparking interest and enthusiasm in literature and theatre among young people.
Sidney Robb, workshop leader for the theatre company, said “We were very pleased with this outreach project, and to have worked with so many young people in Corsham. It’s great to see the young people developing their confidence in speaking and performing in front of a group, as well as their teamwork skills”. One participant described the workshops as “Wizzpopping! Carefree – builds talent”, and another highlighted the things they had enjoyed as “Experience. Bonding. Socialising. Learning.”
The Last Baguette are based at Pound Arts in Corsham and run the weekly ActNow Youth Theatre there. The theatre company makes fast-paced, irreverent physical comedy and was formed in Paris in 2009 by graduates of the Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq theatre schools. After performing in France, Switzerland and Canada, The Last Baguette are making their long-term home in Wiltshire.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the ActNow youth theatre at Pound Arts or any of our other projects, on firstname.lastname@example.org or have a look at the website: www.thelastbaguette.com