by Savanna Myszka
Theatre Royal Plymouth’s flagship project, Our Space, is launching its first collection of Digital Creative writing.
It’s a creative programme that works with adults with multiple and complex needs. Members come from all walks of life and may have faced challenges involving homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, reoffending or they may feel isolated for other reasons.
Eleven years on, Our Space is a large-scale creative programme working in the community, in the theatre and making public work with artists with lived experience. Our Space has worked with 724 people, 44 referral partners and is available on social prescription.
Lost and Found is a collection of creative free writing put together by the group during the lockdowns of 2020. Raw, and for the most part, unedited, Lost and Found is a fitting tribute to the journey through 2020 with an extraordinary group of people.
Our Space has also been announced as one of the five successful applicants of the Co-Creating Change Growth & Replication Commissions. The cohort has been awarded nearly £150,000 to scale up and/or spread out to new locations pre-existing, co-created work and methodologies.
Through this commission Our Space will deepen its collaborations in Plymouth by working closely with the Plymouth Alliance and key services providing vital provisions for those with complex needs in the city.
Victoria Whelan, Engagement and Learning Manager at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “Being successful in this bid is testament to our commitment to co-creation and our work in partnership with services across Plymouth. This approach provides a platform for everyone who wants to, to access drama sessions, and tell their story.
“We’re excited about this next phase of our work which will see us replicate the Our Space programme in four hubs in the community. We’re particularly excited that all sessions will be supported and developed by people with lived experience of the services where we’ll be working.”
Other successful commissions include, A Place for Co-Creation with Restoke, Cultural Spaces Responses to Homelessness with Arts & Homeless International, Making Together with We Can Make, and Our Culture with Rising Arts Agency.