An Impact Arts creative writing programme in Edinburgh ended last week with a brilliantly imaginative and original showcase by a team of 16 and 17 year olds at the city's atmospheric Assembly Roxy venue.
Entitled Everyone Has a Story to Tell, the show explored the myths, legends and ghosts haunting the City, transporting the audience to the Jazz era and interweaving personal and political spoken word pieces with drama and music performances.
Almost 30 family, friends and Impact Arts partners were present as the group showed off their creative writing achievements and the confidence they have gained over the course of the Creative Pathways programme.
While developing as writers, the group have also taken part in weekly one-to-one employability sessions, thinking about what they might want to do in the future, completing SQA units and learning skills in job-hunting, interviews and CV-writing.
The main event also provided the opportunity for the team to learn skills in set and costume design, sound and lighting.
Brandon, 17, is one of the project participants and solo spoken word performers on the night.
"It's been a great experience - the best one of these I've been on. I've been on courses like this before, but this one has definitely inspired me."
"It was great working with the tutors. They gave us cool ideas, gave us feedback and inspired us on how we can improve. They definitely had a big influence.
"The employability work helped a lot. I'm going onto a college course now, and the mock interviews and CV work we did really helped in that.”
The group have been working with Impact Arts tutor Rosanna Hall, a writer and dramatist, for the past ten weeks. She says the showcase encapsulated the team’s achievements and progress well.
“The group were really excited to see their hard work meet an audience, and they were genuinely surprised that so many turned up to hear what they had to say.
“The aim of the project has been to build employability skills in young people through developing their confidence, teamwork and understanding of putting together an event.
“While some participants were more hesitant, having the opportunity to write and direct others got everyone involved at bringing the space to life.
“The group took the reins excellently and gained confidence and memories which will last longer than the applause of the audience.”
The programme was possible thanks to funding from Skills Development Scotland and Inspiring Scotland. For more about our work with young people, please visit this section of our website.
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