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Over the years we have delivered many projects both in the UK and overseas:

 

Synergy 2010

As a forward thinking company we wanted to develop a holistic approach to supporting young people in our local community of Camden.  The Synergy (made possible by funding from Emanuel Vincent Harris Trust and the Santander Foundation)  programme enabled us to demonstrate  the importance of addressing human needs such as confidence, communication, aspiration and understanding, alongside those of housing, employment and health, providing a package which we hoped would give our young people the best possible start on a positive life path.  


 

 

Panopticism

Weapon of Choice grew out of the issues raised during our 2008 project TANB and set out to investigate gun and knife crime amongst young people and on the streets. The aim was to involve young people in creating stronger, more peaceful communities by creatively investigating community problems.

The  performance titled 'Panopticism' looked at the causes of gun and knife crime, the pervading sense of fear on London streets and the pressures of growing up in 21st century Britain. Rather than providing solutions the play encouraged the audience to get involved in the drama to question their own choices and actions.

"Panopticism" toured schools, Pupil Referral Units, Community Centres and theatres in winter 2009, including a performance at the  British Council Global Changemakers Summit in High Wycombe, where the cast debated the issue with young activists from around the world and was invited to tour abroad.

 


 

 

Taste of Memory - Fortune Group

Made possible by the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the A.B Charitable Trust, the Fortune group 2010-2011 project explored the stories, customs and the preparation of the food eaten by the many new groups of people who now live in our community. 

We called it Taste of Memory and the young refugees of the Fortune group went out and about interviewing members of their communities, gathering information about foods which have come with them, investigating how those foods are re-created in the UK, who imports the food, or what can be grown here. Together with their own memories and realities of food this information was worked into a performance, an exhibition, a book and a website. You can see the website by clicking here.

Taste of memory 

Young Rights Bloomsbury funded by The Heritage Lottery, Young Roots

As part of the Young Rights Bloomsbury festival in 2012 Pan's own Fortune group in conjuction with Coram and Coram's Fields Youth Centre creatively explored the rich heritage of Bloomsbury and in particular, its legacy and dedication to Human Rights and the Rights of the Child. The work created was showcased at the Bloomsbury Festival 2012Have a look at our blog and look at the pictures of the performance and art exhibition here.

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    Eco Thunder Kid

    Fusion (9-14yrs) and Feet First (5-8yrs) often collaborate together on projects, providing space and time for siblings to work together and for older group members to act as peer mentors.  In October 2009 the groups came together for an environmental creative project which produced Eco-Thunder Kid, a Superhero for the Camden area. 

    The project was inspired by participants' own desires to explore the world of Superheros and the positive community values that superhero stories invoke. The legacy for the project will be a cartoon strip based on the Superhero.

    The Colour of Love  

    Over the past few years the Fortune group have steadily been increasing their performance skills, working alongside professional  trainers, performers, writers, directors and musicians.  In 2008 with a National Heritage Lottery Grant they created scenes around the stories of refugees and asylum seekers who came before them to England with research at the National Archive, Refugee Council and Museum of London.  This performance 'Asylum Road' was extremely successful and may still be revived as an educational tool for raising awareness for the rights of refugees

     

    Future 

    The Future group (15 - 16 years) grew up with Pan and became confident teenagers that developed talents in creativity and workshop assisting. Projects included a puppet and animation project and a film project entitled 'Are you being heard?' exploring situations where we listen and can be heard better. In 2010, they continued their peer mentoring of younger participants and worked toweards an accredited ASDAN peer mentoring award.  

     

     

    'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack' (TANB)

    As part of our Arts Against Violence programme and a development from the F.U.R.I.O.U.S project 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack (TANB)' ran from 2007 to mid 2008. We provided residencies for over 100 young people across London. Participants created innovative and though provoking pieces of work which investigated britishness, citizenship and what it means to be 'youth' in 21st century UK.  These were performed at a four day showcase at the Hackney Empire.

     Grandmother's Footsteps performance at Hackney Empire

    Asylum Road

    In 2007 our young adult Refugee group, Fortune, performed a play about the history of asylum and refuge in London. 'Asylum Road' was set in a shipping container and led the audience deeper into its steel shell for scenes of the Hugenots, the Sons of Africa, the Kindertransport and political exile.  The audience ended up alone, locked in the container, experiencing for themselves the uncertainty of an unknown future.  The performance was heralded by audience members as an excellent educational tool in raising awareness for the voices of refugees. 

     Asylum Road performance, Fortune group

    Rose Bruford Symposium

    Pan has been part of the Rose Bruford Symposium for the last three years as it continues to develop its relationship with the College.  In 2009 Pan animated an Identity themed strand of work at the Symposium

     The Unfortunate Love of the British Empire, performance at Rose Bruford

    KiCaR (Kids in Camden at Risk)

    From 2007-2008 Pan ran piloted our first project specifically aimed at integrating different groups of young people in Camden, working to tackle rising feelings of territorialism in the area.  Funded by St Andrews Holborn Charity the project worked in three youth centres for 6 months with young people in temporary housing, from junior youth exclusion units, refugee backgrounds and in foster care.  The project was a huge success and not only integrated young people but also their siblings and families.  This model has been used to develop our latest integration initiative Synergy.

     Music workshops, KiCar

    Singing is It! and Street Songs

    In Autumn 2006 Pan started working with two international organisations - Folias Cooperativa Sociale in Roma, Italy and Dorozkarnia in Warszawa, Poland - on an International Youth Exchange project which took singing and the voice as its starting point. The second phase of the project, Street Songs, saw the London group used creative writing and voice work to juxtapose the reality of their lives in London with that of the glossy tourist image of London.  The resulting songs were performed at Tate Britain. 

     Street Song participant at Tate Britain performance

    Your Choice Your Voice

    This was an interactive theatre project dealing with perceived political apathy and disenfranchisement of young people in the UK.  Funded by the Electoral Commission YCYV was piloted in secondary schools in Woolwich and Haringey for over 100 Young people. The plays dealt with issues chosen by schools such as student fees, voting, local government and gun crime.  It was a highly successful model that proved young people can be interested in political change and active citizenship.

     Your Choice Your Voice workshop

    F.U.R.I.O.U.S book launch

    Pan took over Stratford Circus to launch its first major publication; the book which resulted from its F.U.R.I.O.U.S project (For us Respect Is Our Ultimate Statement) which had engaged over 200 young people in exploring racism and race-based violence through rap, song, performance poetry, video-scripting and graphics. The book was later distributed, with accompanying workshops, to ca. 5000 young people. 

     Performance from participants, Furious project

    Threads of Silk

    This project ran in five primary schools across Tower Hamlets. It grew out of Pan's Silkwalk performance and explored the culture and history of the Spitalfields area with its rich heritage of migrant communities.  It traced the history of the silk industry through storytelling and writing workshops. The project culminated at the Brady Centre with a sharing, and a book of children's poems, raps and stories was compiled. 

     

    Silkwalk 

    Silkwalk was a performance project inspired by Alessandro Barrico's novella, Silk.  Using film, text and movement it re-told a love story set between France and Japan in the late 19th century against a backdrop of the silk trading industry.  It also intertwined this story with local history of the Spitalfields area with its silk industry and incorporated school performance into the final show. 

    Silkwalk rehearsals