The Barbican / Guildhall Creative Learning team work closely with young people across East London on many creative projects ranging from drumming with Drum Works to poetry, filmmaking to creating their own music in Future Band.
In addition to these projects, we have established close associations with youth ensembles from Boy Blue Entertainment, Da Bratz and Da Bluez. With so much creativity at our disposal, we wanted to create an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the hard work of our young performers and in November 2012, such an ambitious theatre project came to life in the Barbican Theatre as Unleashed.
Our ambition was to collaborate with these talented young people to create a show – not individual showcases, but a cohesive, devised performance. It was immensely important that the creative process was led and owned by the young people.
The regular rehearsal sessions were complemented with ‘laboratory’ workshops and specially commissioned cross-arts groups with artist leaders and a professional theatre team, who provoked and shaped the process and provided continuous support.
The young people made everything in the final show: the song lyrics, choreography, spoken word, film, beats, grooves and soundscapes. Our professional video artist for the show, Louis Price, captured the process from rehearsals to the final performance and created this short documentary to give a flavour of how Unleashed emerged from an ambition to the high velocity performance we saw on stage.
Unleashed took place on 23 & 24 November 2012.
Find out more about Barbican / Guildhall Creative Learning projects on barbican.org.uk/education