A continuation of the hugely successful, international JUMP programme, disenfranchised young men in Jamaica, Fife, Glasgow and now Trinidad and Tobago share their experiences, through storytelling, theatre and parkour. TT Jump will feature a cast of young men and women in the final performances.
Jump is a pioneering project aimed at engaging young men through a unique blend of theatre and parkour. Originally produced in partnership with Strathclyde Police and the Fife Community Safety Partnership, Jump delivered a series of workshops in secondary schools in areas of multiple deprivation in Fife and the East End of Glasgow. Over the course of six months, participants took part in regular parkour and theatre-making classes, exploring their own challenges and experiences of young manhood to create two new pieces of physical theatre. These were performed to public audiences and to critical acclaim in Glenrothes and Easterhouse. In 2014, the National Theatre of Scotland was invited to Jamaica by the British Council, to initiate a Jump pilot project, working with groups of young men from downtown Kingston. These young men came over to perform as part of the Company’s Home Away festival of participatory arts in Tramway in 2016.
In 2018, Simon Sharkey and Scottish artists will collaborate with artists from leading exponents of carnival arts to bring a unique Trinidadian and Tobagonian spirit to this potentially life changing, high impact participatory performance project.
Supported by the British Council
Directed by Simon Sharkey and Wendell Manwarren
In the Port of Spain in November 2018
Lead Creatives: Chris Grant (Parkour Director); Jermold Compton( Parkour Practitioner); Sonja Dumas (Choreographer) and Muhammed Muwakil (Dramaturg/Spoken Work Artist).
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