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The Unremembered project

We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.

The Unremembered project background:
This project is about the Labour Corps – Service Personnel in the British Army who have essentially been pretty forgotten and aren’t really commemorated anywhere. The aim is to raise the profile of the Labour Corps and share this learning with community groups.
Who were the Labour Corps?

 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Collection of John Sheen author of histories of the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry.
 The Labour Corps supplied the army with weapons and ammunition, food and fodder, water and fuel. They built and maintained roads and railways. They were essential to the war effort.
British and Allied Forces struggled to cope with the demand for manpower after the huge losses of men during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. From January 1917, manpower was drawn from the UK, China, India, South Africa, Egypt, Canada, the Caribbean and many other places within the British Empire.
Tens of thousands travelled thousands of miles to defend freedom and although they rarely saw service in the frontline, many died or were seriously injured. Today their contributions and sacrifice are all but forgotten. They are The Unremembered.
 Events:
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver workshops in October and November 2018 in Brighton and Hove with ten different groups in ten different venues across Brighton and Hove to look at the theme of The Unremembered and to commemorate the Labour Corps service personnel and their experiences.
We will do this through engaging with freelancers and volunteers to deliver a series of history and resource led activities which focus on the art of making articulated paper puppets (a common past time a centenary ago) with community groups and families.
These puppets will be a mixture of pre-printed on cardboard outline templates which can then be designed, created and compiled by participants and for those with dexterity issues or the very young, pre-designed printed templates which can be assembled with support and displayed.  We will use fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.
We will also create activities to create dressing paper dolls, so creating the one dimensional paper dolls through templates which are cut out and then one dimensional clothing made relevant to our theme which can then be folded over the puppet body. These dolls were popular during WWI and were still printed then despite paper shortages.
Both these forms of puppet making are ideal for classroom and community projects because they are made with everyday craft supplies and reused materials.
The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – one that it is an engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and secondly that the puppets can be seen as a metaphor for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and essentially treated as such too. This will be a way to valorise those men and celebrate their role.
This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.


 
 
 
 
 

Trench Brothers project starts!

We’ve just been engaged to work on this lovely project ‘Trench Brothers’ in Sussex for HMDT Music.
 
Trench Brothers brings the First World War to life for students through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers. It commemorates their contributions using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, enabling students to develop a creative, artistic response to the stories and immortalise the deeds of these forgotten soldiers.
 
We will be delivering free training in archives and research with volunteers in the area, alongside visits to Seaford Museum, The Keep and the Chattri. This will lead to an exhibition this summer at Newhaven Fort.
 
We’ll be sending out more information soon about how to get involved!
 

Free summer kids workshops

Barge_web_FLYER2 (2) final version-page-001You can see all our free youth arts workshops taking place on a floating barge later this August which are based at Brighton Marina by following the link below.
All sessions are FREE, but booking necessary due to numbers.
Ages 7-14 welcome, with or without parents & carers.
https://www.eventbrite.com/d/england–brighton/strike-a-light/?crt=regular&page=2&sort=best

Pirate puppets workshop Free!

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Bring your kids and young people (ages 7-14) for free piratical sessions on 29th August, 31st August and 1st September – each day there are two workshops at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
 
Talented puppeteer Fran Malone of Herringbone Arts will be running six Pirate Puppet making workshops for Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage at our youth arts summer residency in August.
 
Free but Booking essential.
 
Activities all take place on a floating barge in Brighton Marina.
 
Booking here:
29th August: Am – http://bit.ly/2tN4HVS  PM – http://bit.ly/2vb1yiN
31st August: AM- http://bit.ly/2eQobSw  PM-http://bit.ly/2vMZ6Ms
1st Sept: AM – http://bit.ly/2tGq1Ic  PM – http://bit.ly/2vba69a

Free Pirate Puppet Workshops for kids on a floating Brighton barge

16142552_1234454636646195_2500953693484883386_n.jpgTalented puppeteer Fran Malone of Herringbone Arts will be running six Pirate Puppet making workshops for Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage at our youth arts summer residency in August.
Bring your kids and young people (ages 7-14) for these free piratical puppetry sessions on 29th August, 31st August and 1st September – each day there are two workshops at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
 
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Activities all take place on a floating barge in Brighton Marina.

Free!

 
 

Create your own puppet show!

Are you puppet curious? Come and learn some secrets of puppet making!
Bring some ideas and Fran Malone of award – winning company Herringbone Arts will show you how to make your own beautiful minature puppets and help and guide you through making your own short show – with a special showing at the end for friends and family.. Expect doors to be opened into the world of puppetry!
puppetThis course will run for four/five weeks on the following dates and times:
Sunday 13th August
Sunday 20th August
Sunday 27th August
Sunday 3rd September
Each session is two hours long – from 1.30 – 3.30.
There will be an extra session for a special showing of work at the end. This session will be at an agreed time and venue.
The cost of these five sessions is £90.00 including materials.
Fran will provide puppet making materials – sculpting medium, tools and adhesives etc. If you would like to make your puppet show in a self – contained box, vintage hat box, suitcase or trunk then please provide one and Fran can show you how to convert it- but this is not essential- 

Tea, coffee and snacks provided by Fran – who will also be available for advice in – between the sessions.
Please note: On this course there will be some working at home needed in – between the sessions!
BOOKING!
Ticket link here- Early bird and student discount available!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/your-own-short-puppet-show-tickets-36106148462

Puppet making for the Puppet Curious

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is hosting a series of  four puppet making workshops in May and June with Herringbone Arts.

Book your place here!

Learn to make a small rod puppet using designs from your imagination. You will sculpt a small puppet using polymer clay amongst other materials and a range of small tools.

Fran Malone will take you through the process – starting with designs based on what inspires and intrigues you about puppets, through to creating your own little character and finally bringing it to life.

Workshop dates are Sundays 14th, 21st, 28th May and 6th June.

These will take place at our workshop: Strike a Light – Arts and Heritage, Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.

Materials will be provided, alongside tea, coffee and biscuits. Fran will be happy to answer all your puppet related questions along the way and share some puppet making secrets!
About the course leader: Fran Malone is a Brighton – based puppet and prop maker. She is skilled in polymer clay, wood, foam carving, weather proofing for outdoor work, mould making, casting, painting and more!

Fran co – founded award – winning puppetry and performance company Herringbone Arts with whom she creates magical original tales and promenade puppet theatre (currently working on their next show for Theatre Royal Brighton.)

Fran is an experienced workshop leader and a skilled and knowledgeable teacher and is passionate about helping others to find their way into the world of puppetry.

For examples of Fran’s work go to https://herringbonearts.com/ or https://www.franmalonemaker.com/

More about Herringbone Arts: 

Herringbone Arts are an award winning company who create interactive theatre and installation featuring performance, puppetry, live music and projection. Using exquisite attention to detail and our skills in making and creating contemporary promenade theatre, we transform unexpected places and ordinary spaces into something magical and unforgettable where children and families can participate and create memories together. We are committed to equal opportunities and love to ensure that we offer shows which can be accessed and enjoyed by all.

Herringbone Arts was established by Madeleine Herrington and Fran Malone with the aim to help children and families reconnect with their imaginations and each other. With over 10 year’s collective experience in performing arts and education, Herringbone Arts are passionate about creating and sharing stories in unexpected places.