We are delighted to be working in collaboration with North Yorkshire Safe Guarding Board, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Connecting Youth Culture (CYC) at North Yorkshire County Council.
Theatre academics Rachel Conlon and Jules Dorey Richmond have been commissioned to produce a participatory play for the campaign and are employing recent BA Honours Theatre graduates to create and perform the theatre performance to raise awareness, and explore paths out of harmful and dangerous situations surrounding E-Safety. This high profile project will initially be delivered to young people within secondary school settings throughout North Yorkshire, but it is envisaged that this highly beneficial work will be developed for both a younger audience and parents in a bid to stop sexual exploitation of vulnerable young people.
This project is part of the Faculty of Arts commitment to social engaged arts practice, and sits alongside the Prison Partnership Project, the International Centre for Community Music, and Converge.
Theatre Lecturers Jules Dorey Richmond & David Richmond have exhibited their work ‘Personal Archive #1’ at York St John University as part of the International ‘Cultures of Memory Symposium II‘. (8th – 11th October) Here they talk about the reasons behind opening up their personal archive:
We have often claimed that our work occupies the space that lies in the void and the nexus between fine art (the object) and performance (the living body). This work-in-progress is offered as a furthering of a conversation, which began at last years Cultures of Memory Symposium and is conceived in response to a constellation of events:
In an after show discussion we were thanked for opening-up our personal archive, which immediately excited us as we had not thought about our work in this way before.
In October 2013 we journeyed to Zagreb to the Museum of Broken Relationships and wondered what a museum of unbroken relationships would look like.
This is the first step of our collaborative practice-led PhD. We are interested in the small, everyday detritus of life and the various memories and associations that these simple objects invoke. Whilst agreeing with Kuhn when she asserts that, ‘[T]elling stories about the past, our past, is a key moment in the making of ourselves, we are aware that this idea is problematised within embedded lives. Lives in which time lived together out-weighs time lived apart. Slippages and gaps of memory provoke doubt, contestation, frustration, and, an unsettling feeling of an unknowable and unstable sense of the past and the present
 Kuhn, A. Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (1995) p2
Issue 9 of Theatre Pages, our in-house magazine for Theatre @ YSJ, has been released this month. This autumn issue concentrates on questions around objects in performance, asking if objects themselves perform.
With contributions from an International cohort of artists, graduates, current students and academics, Issue 9, takes a diverse approach to considering the role of the object or prop in contemporary performance and theatre.
Notable contributors are Chicago based artist Mark Jeffery from Atom-r Theatre Company, Actor and Performance Maker Jane Arnfield, New Zealand academic Kingsley Baird and local artist, storyteller and YSJ PhD Candidate Cath Heinemeyer. York St John Theatre staff contributions come from Helen Turner, Jules Dorey Richmond, Matthew Reason & Nathan Walker, and graduate BA students / current MA Students Victoria Little, Lawrence Crawford, & Jonathan Curd.