Our recent Shine course working with LGBT young people, using drama as a tool to build confidence, express yourself and connect with one another has produced this beautiful piece of work, which was a real highlight at Toonspeak’s Christmas Show last December.

Over 10 weeks Aaron, Layla, Rachel, Ryan, Dora, Theo and John would work with theatre artist Daniel Livingston and life coach Scott Hay. Daniel designed the workshops to use shadow puppets as form of expression. The artistry was stunning and their performance was amazing.

Here’s what Scott had to say about the project:

“In terms of the group, my experience of all the SHINEs I’ve done is that the groups form some great friendships and bond really well, however, with the LGBT groups there seems to be an even stronger bond. I think they see it as an opportunity to share common experiences and challenges in their lives and the support they give each other brings them closer together. We simply facilitated those conversations. In terms of the shadow puppet show it was wonderful to be around their creativity. They took the lead in coming up with the story and drawing out the story board. They made the puppets themselves and grasped the technical side of performing incredibly quickly. All whilst sharing and supporting each other as they shared their own life challenges. They were a lovely group and I hope they go on to share their amazing personalities and creativity on future Toonspeak projects.”

The work will be shown at an exhibition in Stirling this October, which Daniel is curating. Great to hear that more people will be able to see it.

Have you been inspired by what you’ve seen?

If you or a young person you know would like to join one of our Shine groups call/ text 07796 718 132 or email paula@toonspeak.co.uk to find out more.