In 2018 we were awarded a grant from the Integrated Autism Service to run an Autism Awareness day in our community which consisted of two workshops with parents, councillors, business owners and adults with autism who revealed what life was like for them living in our county and the daily struggles faced.
We created a sensory booth to give an insight into what life could be like living with autism from extreme sensitivity to heat, light, noise and smell and being assigned a challenging task to complete whilst in the booth.
In Summer 2017 we were awarded funding from the National Lottery for our bilingual community project The Denbigh Dragon - The Legend of Johnny Two Thumbs.
We worked with 50 young people, 3 professional actors and a local willow artist Huw Davies over a whole week to devise and create a community performance which took place at Denbigh Castle and was featured on Heno on S4C.
It was written and directed by local West End actor Sean Jones himself a Denbigh boy.
Stars from the West End descended on Denbigh Town Hall for a night to remember to raise thousands of pounds to enable young people of all backgrounds to take part in creative workshops.
Performers from Blood Brothers, Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera as well as the Denbigh Community Choir, The Denbigh Workshop and local artistes performed songs from the shows.
Over £3000 was raised.
In March 2017 we were awarded a grant from The Big Lottery for an intergenerational reportage piece of theatre based around the memories from the residents of Dolwen, a local care home in Denbigh, and students from six schools in the area.
We drew upon their memories of St David’s Day throughout their childhoods and devised a piece of theatre and poetry performed at a huge community Celebration event on St David’s Day at the Town Hall attending by residents, students, town councillors and the local community.
A celebratory community event which involved local food producers and retailers in the town. Our students enjoyed entertaining the crowds.
In the summer 2018 we secured funding from the Denbigh Town Council, Freeman Evans Trust, Denbigh Rotary, DVSC Youth Fund, Welsh Church Act Fund and Denbigh Chocolate Shop to provide our summer school a week of workshops on the theme of A Cabaret of Chaos celebrating our differences with 50 young people at the Hwb Denbigh.
5 professional actors taught sessions on puppetry, dance, singing, poetry, physical theatre and theatre make up which culminated in a sharing at Denbigh Town hall attended by our local community.
In the summer 2019 we were awarded funding by CFIW and Freeman Evans Trust to enable 86 young people to attend a FREE five day bilingual theatre performance summer school at Myddelton College. We had young people from all backgrounds and abilities attend this fantastic course.
Workshops were delivered by Gareth Aled (pictured) the Director of Puppetry for the National Theatre's Warhorse, Kaitlin Howard Stage Combat Director, Sean Jones West End Actor, Christine Parle West End Actor, Huw Davies Award winning maker and practioner, Tracy Spencer West End Actor, Sarah Davies Voice Tutor and Sarah Evans Urdang Grad.
Sessions started at 8.30am for working parents and finished at 5.30pm. We tackled holiday hunger by making sure everyone received a full packed lunch and we ate together in the great hall. Over the five days we danced, sang, learnt puppetry, performed Shakespeare, recited poetry from Twm Or Nant, acted, performed stage combat, devised an interactive performance, made new friends and laughed a lot...
In 2020 we were awarded £1500 by Community Cohesion to deliver a three day intergenerational project between day residents at Dolwen Care Home in Denbigh and local school children from four different schools who currently attend Denbigh Workshop Saturday morning Youth Theatre.
Working with creative writer Susan Comer the residents will discuss stories from their past using photographs as a stimulus and procure poetry, stories and monologues for the young people to perform.
Due to Covid -19 this project will take place in the summer.