Creating New Theatre the Giants Way
Finding the Epic in the Everyday describes both how we work and our creative aims. Each project starts with a myth, a meaty tale that transcends diverse cultures and communities with stories of universal relevance, and peopled by archetypal characters. The chosen myth then serves as the backbone to create our new work. Experience has taught us that myths and ancient tales have the power to inspire personal storytelling in everyone.
For example, in the research and development Storytelling Workshops for Pandora, participants included both older women from Haringey U3A, and Year 9 school students from Gladesmore School in Tottenham. Asked what might be released from Pandora’s box today, everyone responded to the Pandora myth with vivid personal stories.
The research for SNAFU used The Odyssey as its basis, and encouraged and enabled military personnel and their families to talk about their experiences of coming home after war. Women survivors of domestic violence and enforced marriage were enthralled by Shahrazad’s need to tell stories to stay alive and went on to share their own stories of survival that became the fabric of Piece of Silk.
Once a working draft of the play is ready, a professional rehearsed reading is staged with our collaborators as audience: their feedback influences rewrites and subsequent rehearsals. When funding is in place, the professional production is mounted.
Giants Theatre Company became a registered charity in 2010 and relies heavily on funding bodies such as Arts Council England and donations to continue their work.
Giants work with all of us in the U3A has really helped me with my self- confidence. As you might imagine, I had not had much for an awful long time. But I am feeling a bit better about myself now
– member of University of the Third Age