Supported by Brent2020 Culture Fund
12th july 2021
OXFORD STREET: THE SOAP OPERA
In 2020, Brent was The Mayor’s London Borough of Culture. The programme explored the stories, art and emotions that hold life in Brent together, uncovering and celebrating its untold tales and unheard voices.
This particular project was meant to culminate in a mile long party performance, but after COVID hit we had to adapt and take everything online. Our members showed tremendous resilience, flexibility and optimism, adapting to the circumstances and taking down barriers that were stopping their voices from being heard.
Since we couldn't meet around the streets of Brent, we created a fictional virtual neighbourhood called Oxford Street.
Hit play and enjoy this original Soap Opera, completely devised by our members from their homes, coming together online to create as a group.
28 September 2020
During September we were finally able to go online thanks to funding distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund which is part of “Government’s £750m support package for charities”.
Due to COVID-19, we were forced to stop running our sessions back in March 2020.
Since then, none of our participants had been able to join any activities, online or in person, during lockdown. Through a survey, they shared with us that they were feeling incredibly lonely not being able to socialise or be creative while shielding. The Day Centre they attended was forced to temporarily close their doors because of the pandemic, considerably reducing their access to leisure and creative activities.
Having an opportunity to meet friends, perform, have fun, explore ideas and be creative together, makes a huge difference for everyone in the group. RootPrints Theatre weekly sessions are greatly contributing to improving their physical and mental wellbeing and we hope it's just the beginning of more opportunities to come.
We are so grateful we were able to keep this workshop going!
27 November 2019
Brent 2020 London Borough of Culture
We are SUPER EXCITED and ECSTATIC to announce that we are part of BRENT 2020 London Borough of Culture. An exciting project is coming along thanks to the wonderful support from the Brent 2020 Culture Fund. Stay tuned for more news from us. More info on Brent 2020 Culture Fund announcement here.