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A Wee Goodbye

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Toonspeak. I have been with the organisation for the past 4.5 years and it has had a profound effect on me as a person. I have never felt such joy in seeing young people progress or the impact this can have, and it has been my honour to be part of so many people’s journeys.

The staff who work with us are so amazing, from the core team to the freelancers, it will be difficult not to see you all the time.

I cannot wait to see the next summer show and follow Toonspeak’s exciting journey.

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Cathy Forde is Back!

Author and Playwright Cathy Forde is returning to Toonspeak to lead Word of Mouth this April! And we are thrilled to announce that the project will now run as part of our core programme over the next 3 years!

Word of Mouth is centred on writing your own work, with the opportunity to build this into a performance each block whether that is a spoken word piece, reciting a poem you have written, or working with your peers on a short play.

Cathy creates a nurturing environment to write in, and even bakes for participants each week, which is so lovely and creates such a warm atmosphere. It is a safe, open space to explore your writing mentored by a professional, where you can express yourself while being supported.

The project is in partnership with Sonnet Youth (spoken word performance producers), who assist in the workshops and co-produce the event which culminates each block. This is usually hosted in city centre venue Stereo. And features performances from professional spoken word acts and musicians as well as the participant performers.

“From the first time I joined at the beginning of Word of Mouth a few years ago, I could say the project gave me the only way I could ever write how I felt, share it and express it. It’s a bit therapeutic, writing away deep thoughts and getting feelings out your system. A fab place to meet wonderful and amazing people. It is an honour working with Cathy Forde, to have professional help and guidance from her on how to write anything you wish and to become an inspirational journey. Meeting other inspirational writers/ performers like Kevin, Cat and others gives you the courage to write/ perform and have faith in yourself with your piece.” – Shona Stout, participant

“Within the last 5 weeks, I came up with a script based on bullying in my high school. I got to write all my emotions down and perform on stage. I shouted, let angry out and fear out of bullying. Love Word of Mouth. I went from writing a spoken word piece to a short script. Word of mouth is a mix of young people trying to create something. Something funny, lovely and emotions on stage through script, monologue, poem or words. I can’t wait to come back again and see what I create and express on stage next time.” – Debs Lilley, participant


Handing my final-ish draft script to my cast was a surreal experience. Having my work judged when it’s not quite ready made me feel vulnerable and exposed. I’d only known these guys for a few months at most, and it was the first time my work was up for discussion in this way. It was the first time I had shared a work-in-progress to a larger group.
I was relieved when they gave me good feedback. One girl was really drawn to playing Sarah, which I was so happy about.”
– Excerpt from Jen Hughes blog about her experience writing her first short play at Word of Mouth (READ MORE HERE https://bit.ly/2EWaY42)

“It has been an extraordinary few weeks with a very hard-working and focused group who worked so well together. All of them take the process very seriously and it’s a joy to see the fruits of their creative labour so well received by an audience like last night’s. I am privileged again- as I say every time you have me in- to get to engage with these young people. Last night was a treat.” – Cathy Forde after the last block of Word of Mouth


Would you like to join this wonderful project?

Are you age 14+ with a passion for writing, or do you have something you want to say?

Even if you are just looking for a really positive group to be with once a week get in touch.

Sessions run on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm at Toonspeak, Barmulloch.

The next block starts on April 15th and will run every week until June 24th. Everything we do is free, and we also have transport available.

To sign up/ find out more

Call 0141 552 0234/ Email info@toonspeak.co.uk/ Text 07796718132

Or connect with us on social media @Toonspeak

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Announcing Toonspeak New Chief Executive

Toonspeak are delighted to announce our new Chief Executive is Hazel Wotherspoon.

Jodie Wilkinson (Toonspeak Chair):

Year of Young People 2018 was a special year for Toonspeak. We marked 30 years of the company with continued production of high quality work created by and with our superb, talented and wonderfully curious participants and celebrated significant recognition in being chosen to be a Regularly Funded Organisation by Creative Scotland, which pronounced our abilities to further thrive as a leading example in the youth-led arts sector. 

2019 proves to be no less significant as on behalf of the Board, staff team and participants, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Hazel Wotherspoon, Toonspeak’s new Chief Executive. Hazel is a recognised leader in Scotland’s Arts sector and brings to Toonspeak her immense experience of the Scottish theatre sector along with a keen passion for youth arts and significant experience in developing talent artistically, socially and educationally.

Hazel believes in people, their present and potential and so in acknowledging her reputation for supporting and inspiring, I feel wholeheartedly excited to see what Hazel brings to the organisation in this new role for the company’s evolution. The Toonspeak board are acutely aware of how hard the organisation works and are privileged to collaborate with a fantastic staff, freelance team and a growing faction of ambitious young people who all keep the beating heart of Toonspeak strong.

We see Hazel’s appointment in the team as a vital enhancement to build on the great work already achieved and to keep our heart beating louder and for longer.  Together we will flourish and collectively, we never stop believing that when we trust the young, great things happen.

A word from Hazel:
I am absolutely delighted to be joining such a vibrant organisation at this pivotal time in their development. Toonspeak share my commitment to the involvement of young people not only as participants but as leaders. I’m really looking forward to getting started.

Hazel will start on Monday. We look forward to sharing the future with her and introducing her to all the wonderful young people and staff we work with.

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Casting Agency Visit Toonspeak

Toonspeak Associate Artist Steven Leach is now in post as Director of the Young Company but is also focused on Progression for young people in the Arts. And secured a visit from Simone Periera Hind’s casting agency who are looking for ‘spirited’ young actors aged 16+ for a new feature film and wanted to workshop Toonspeak participants!

We were visited by Anna Dawson from the agency who ran a two hour workshop with the group of over 20 young people. The casting director commented on how impressed she was with the group.

As you can see from the following showreel they have cast for some really exciting films/ TV programmes including ‘Outlander’ so we were over the moon to have them come to Toonspeak.

Here are some pictures from the day……

The participants involved really did us proud!

If you would like opportunities like this, or would like 1:1 support about your own career aspirations give us a shout. And watch this space for more opportunities!

Get in touch

Email info@toonspeak.co.uk/ Call 0141 552 0234/ Text 07796 718 132

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Toonspeak Young Company Announced

Toonspeak has dreamed of having a Young Company for over 10 years, and thanks to RFO funding from Creative Scotland we are finally able to make this dream a reality.

A Young Company is a smaller group of participants who meet regularly to explore new work and develop their own material. They will have the opportunity to take their work to festivals and more, bridging the gap between youth theatre and professional work and opening up creative license to make theatre that is relevant to them.

Directed by Toonspeak Associate Artist Steven Leach with Co-Director Jasmine Main, the first members have been selected through audition process. There was a high demand, we met so many amazing young people, some of whom we already new but we also met some newbies.

We are so super thrilled at the group chosen, they meet weekly at Toonspeak on Saturdays, showing a great level of commitment and they are getting wired right in!

Shelby Johnston
Rebekah Watters (on right)
Alexis Mulholland
Katelyn Mulholland
Aodhan Collins
Kaja Ciuchta
Robbie Innes
Robyn McLaughlin
Kyle Stephen

We are laying the foundations of the Young Company with the following group, and there will be more spaces opening up further in the year.

Watch this space for updates!

Want to get in touch?

You can email info@toonspeak.co.uk / Call (0141) 552 0234 / Text 07796 718132

Or alternatively connect with us on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram @Toonspeak

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A Wee Bit o’ Burns

‘But pleasures are like poppies spread, 
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed; 
Or like the snow falls in the river, 
A moment white – then melts for ever…’

Toonspeak are often approached to take part in events and projects outwith our regular programme, and sometimes it is for our participants to take part in performance opportunities.

And thus we were delighted to be asked by the Hunterian Museum to participate in their special “Night at the Museum” event to celebrate Burns Night.

Our young people were asked to recite one of Rabbie Burns’ most famous works as quoted above, ye olde favourite Tam O’ Shanter.


Regular Toonies Eve, Karly, Millie and Casey came forward to perform. They joined an ensemble including members of Platform Young Company, students and professional actors for a staged reading of Rabbie Burns’ most famous poem Tam O’ Shanter.  The young people did themselves and Toonspeak proud. Their performance was staged alongside musical performances, readings and some fantastic living history.

“It was a great privilege to have the young people from Toonspeak contribute to our Burns on Stage Night at the Museum at The Hunterian.  Active engagement though the performing arts was a new approach for us, and we were moved by the passion and conviction of their contributors to the Tam O’ Shanter performance.  Being able to stand up in front of a huge crowd of people with little or no preparation and hold the audience for that spine tingling moment was an incredible achievement, (approx. 1000 people were booked into the event.)  We would like to build on this experience and pursue new other opportunities to work with Toonspeak again in the future.”
Message from Monica Callaghan (Head of Education at The Hunterian, Glasgow University)


It was also lovely to see a familiar face on the night, Libby McArthur, who we bumped into outside. Libby was generous enough to give plenty of encouragement to our readers, and some professional tips on delivery. General Manager Alan Govan was very thankful for this when he ended up being drafted in to join the group on stage!

Hopefully we did justice to this fantastic poem. The large crowd seemed to enjoy it.  Thanks to everyone at the Hunterian Museum for having us.


Copyright:  Photographic Unit, University of Glasgow


As Toonspeak’s Young Company kicks off, we look forward to more performances out and about over the coming years.

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Musical Set in the 80’s!

Work has started on Toonspeak show 2019!

We are super excited to announce it’s going to be a musical set in the 80’s, and the response by all the groups has been amazing, everyone is really excited. It was created via writing workshops we held with some of the young people past December with the new creative team.

The show is being developed through our Young Writers group every Monday and across our Theatre Makers groups that run Tuesday to Thursday evenings.

And what a team we have established!

Writer for Toonspeak’s sell out show ‘Ma Bit’ David Cosgrove is back along with Musical Director John Kielty who also worked on the show, except this time around it will be his Directorial debut. Toonspeak Associate Artist Steven Leach is working alongside John as Associate Director.

Choreographer Emma Jayne Park has joined our team for the first time and we are thrilled to have her working with us.

And Production Manager extraordinaire Jools Walls will be back, it wouldn’t be a Toonspeak production without her.

The show will be performed at Platform on the 26th and 27th July. Watch this space for more details!

Want to get in touch?

Email info@toonspeak.co.uk / Call (0141) 552 0234 / Text 07796 718132

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Theatre Critics is BACK!

Watch professional theatre performances with a new perspective! Theatre Critics is an amazing way to develop skills in reviewing all types of theatre productions.

Every Friday the group will meet at Toonspeak to learn critiquing skills with professional reviewer Gareth Vile and you will go to see shows together that night.

We are all booked up to see ‘Glasgow Girls’ ‘War Horse’ and ‘Rambert’!

The workshops kick off January 18th and run every week up until March 22nd.

For young people age 14+

All tickets & transport covered

To sign up email paula@toonspeak or Facebook message ‘Paula Erin Morgan’

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Young Company Auditions Announced

Toonspeak Young Company.

A group of 10 experienced, passionate young performers will be selected through audition process to work together regularly and intensively to create & perform new work led by Associate Artist Steven Leach.

If you have lots of drama experience and want to take it to the next level,
are passionate about a career in the performing arts and are actively seeking work experience, are a positive, confident, motivated self-starter and love working with like minded people, then maybe this is for you. 

AUDITION DAY

Toonspeak, Saturday January 26th, 10am – 5pm 

TIMELINE FOR THE DAY

  • Toonspeak will arrange transport to the audition day
  • A register will be taken on arrival
  • Brief introduction from leaders
  • Everyone will take part in a workshop together
  • Everyone will be given their 15 minute slot for the afternoon
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Individual auditions will take place after lunch
  • Toonspeak will arrange travel home

INDIVIDUAL AUDITIONS

  • Everyone will be given a 15 minute slot to perform an audition piece from a play
  • This audition piece will be chosen and rehearsed by you and will last between 2-3mins
  • During your 15 min slot we will also have a short interview to find out more about who you are and why you would like to be part of the young company
  • Everyone will be expected to have learned the audition piece and perform it without the script 

To sign up or ask any further questions email paula@toonspeak.co.uk or Facebook message ‘Paula Erin Morgan’

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Gold Arts Award Poppy Camden & Chloe Davidson

Poppy Camden

As part of my gold arts award, I worked towards a showcase of work produced by the graduating fashion design class of 2018. This involved strong organisational skills, people and time-management as well as keeping to a budget to produce an exhibition of work at The Old Hairdressers in January of this year. This was only a small part of my overall arts award which saw me attend creative events and review them, extend my traditional art form through expanding into the realms of performance art and much more. I’ve really enjoyed working towards the award as it has forced me to reflect on my creative practice and understand what it is I enjoy about what I do, and this type of reflection is crucial as I begin to consider graduate jobs and opportunities. Now, I am looking towards opportunities to expand my skill set and experience within theatre and costume design and to build a creative network.

Chloe Davidson

As part of my arts award, I helped with the running and organising of a day-long workshop based event with The Bold Collective, and had the chance to run my own workshop too. On the day, I was in charge of the running order and made sure workshop facilitators had all the resources they needed. I really loved helping out with the management side of it, and hope to do more events like this in the future. 

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Silver Arts Award Erin Boyle & Holly Wood

Event Produced by Erin Boyle and Holly Wood for Silver Arts Award
Supported by Toonspeak
Thanks to Mentor Sarah Bradley
And to venue BAKED pizza al taglio

Performances from 
Cat Hepburn 
Erin Boyle 
Calum Muir 
Ernesto Fernandez 
Kit Smith 
Mark McGhee

Music: Calum Muir

Credit: Jassy Earl https://www.jassyearl.co.uk/

Thanks Jassy!

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Toonspeak Crimbo Cabaret 2018!

Live from Barmulloch. Christmas shows created, devised and performed by our weekly groups.
Featuring the talents of:

Toonheid Speaks!
Toonspeak Tuesday Wee Ones
Theatre Makers North West
Theatre Makers North East
Theatre Makers Barmulloch

With our phenomenal compere Stan Rich

 

Credit: Kevin Main

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Toonspeak Participating in #givingtuesday

#GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a day to give back and do good.
 
This year it falls on 27th November.
 
#GivingTuesday is powered by CAF (Charity Aid Foundation). Last year 1 in 10 people in the UK did something on the day and it was the UK’s number one Twitter trend which is amazing! The campaign holds the world record for the most money raised online for charity in 24 hours, and last year raised $64 million globally! This is the first year that Toonspeak will be participating and we would be so grateful if you chose to support us.
 
There are many ways you can give on #GivingTuesday whether that be your time volunteering, donating food or clothes to a charity that helps those in need, or by giving money towards a cause.
 
What we would ask for is a donation, if you can, towards something that is key to what we do…….
 

 
No not Will Smith, although how cool would it be to get in the Fresh Prince!!!!
Nope we are raising money for TAXIS.
 
There are so many key reasons why we provide taxis for our participants. Safety being at the top of the list
It enables us cover a bigger area geographically so that if people don’t have a centre in walking distance they can still get to Toonspeak. Taxis have proven to ensure regular attendance over the years. Everyone having access treats everyone the same. Removing any worry about money in order to get there. Supporting any young carers who can’t be out the house for too long, the list goes on……
But taxis are one of the hardest things to get funding for.
 
This #GivingTuesday you can help us by donating what you can to our taxi fund and enable young people to get to Toonspeak and access to all the amazing FREE projects we provide.
 
 
HOW TO GIVE
You can do so by making an online donation – we are very grateful for any donation large or small.
You can also donate by text. Just text TOON25 and then the amount you’d like to donate (any amount e.g. ‘TOON25 £5′) to 70070
You can also make a small monthly online donation to Toonspeak if you felt like you would like to contribute more
 
Toonspeak is a charity registered in Scotland, registration number SC022150.
 
 
 
We truly appreciate any help you can offer. 
 
 
 
 
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Toonspeak Young Company Open Day

OPEN DAY to learn more about Toonspeak Young Company kicking off January 2019!

A group of 10 experienced, passionate young performers will be selected through audition process to work together regularly and intensively to create & perform new work led by Associate Artist Steven Leach.

– If you have lots of drama experience and want to take it to the next level.

– If you are passionate about a career in the performing arts and are actively seeking work experience.

– If you are a positive, confident, motivated self-starter and love working with like minded people.

..Then maybe this is for you. 

We are hosting this Open Day at Toonspeak for you to learn more about what this is all about, at which you will also take part in workshops so that we can to meet you and see what you can do.

Official auditions will take place in January. If you can’t make the Open Day don’t worry this is not a requirement.

Here is Toonspeak Associate Artist Steven talking more about the Young Company and his own experience working in the sector

YOUNG COMPANY OPEN DAY
SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER
1pm – 4pm
BCDC, 54 Quarrywood Road G21 3ET
FOR AGES 15+

This is an open invitation to any individual –
even if you have never worked with Toonspeak before. 

To sign up/ find out more:-

Call (0141) 552 0234
Text 07796 718 132
Email paula@toonspeak.co.uk

Transport available on request.

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Summer Show 2019 starts in JANUARY!

BIG NEWS!

Toonspeak are changing things up in 2019 and starting development for the summer show in January.

In our annual feedback day Toon In Speak Out (TISO) you said that you wanted more time to work on the show, that you wanted to do another musical and that you wanted to know what the show is about earlier. Thanks to Creative Scotland funding we are able to start everything earlier and do things as requested.

In fact there are two writing days in December that we are looking for YOU to sign up for. Looking for 12 participants to start writing YOUR script!

So! We are doing a MUSICAL, and bringing back John Kielty who was Musical Director on ‘Ma Bit’ (summer show 2017) who will now also be directing and is over the moon to be returning to work with you all. The amazing Steven Leach as Associate Director who will be working closely with John developing the show, devising with you all and developing your performance skills. We have another ‘Ma Bit’ favourite David Cosgrove as Writer, who is also delighted to be back.

They have already been reading over your ideas from TISO about what you’d like next years show to be about and they are really excited to meet you and start turning them into a script!

 

 

WRITING DAYS working with David, John and Steven you will create the synopsis for the show using Toon In Speak Out feedback as a starting point. In January this will be presented to young people across our theatre makers groups to start development with everyone. We need focus, drive, positive energy, excitement, enthusiasm, openness and team spirit.

Sunday December 1st • 10am – 4pm

Sunday December 9th • 10am – 4pm

(Hosted at Toonspeak, transport and lunches provided)

To sign up either Facebook message Paula Erin Morgan / email paula@toonspeak.co.uk / call (0141) 552 0234 / text 07796 718 132

From January you will work in your groups with the lead creative team, on writing, songs, script, performance skills, dance and movement.

Even if you have never been in a show before, you can join. 

Next term starts January 14th and week one will be most important as the creative team will all be there to present their ideas and we need you to guide them.

All workshop details on the website coming soon!

 

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Young Leader Training Opportunity

Year 2 of partnership with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) and Ignite Theatre, you will be representing Toonspeak and working alongside four other youth theatres.

Toonspeak is looking for three young people aged 14+ to take part in a residential training course to become our newest young leaders for 2019!

In February next year you will all be going on residential to the stunning Wiston Lodge in Ayrshire where you will take part in a training course to embark on a journey as leaders in youth theatre culminating in a conference at the end of 2019 to share your experiences.
 
DATES
Friday 8th – Monday 11th February 2019
(Prior to this there will be an induction at Toonspeak with your facilitator tbc)
All costs for residential will be covered including food, accommodation and travel
 
HOW TO APPLY:-
Send a PRIVATE message via Facebook 
Paula Erin Morgan
Tell us
  • What do you think makes a good leader?
  • Why you would like this opportunity?
  • You MUST confirm you are available for the residential dates
DEADLINE: Friday 30th November 
ANNOUNCED: Monday 3rd December
 
Any questions you can either Facebook message Paula Erin Morgan / Call (0141) 552 0234 / Text 07796 718 132 / email paula@toonspeak.co.uk
 
Good luck!
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Announcement

Toonspeak’s Artistic Director, Rachel Aisling Smith has resigned after a period of ill health.

Rachel worked with Toonspeak for six years and in the first three years as Creative Learning Director oversaw a shift-change in the company’s ways of working towards a more embedded youth engagement approach and broader, more targeted inclusion, alongside esteemed colleagues. As Artistic Director, Rachel collaborated with young people, staff and Board to create the company’s new long-term strategic plan, resulting in RFO status to secure Toonspeak’s future as a significant force for change in terms of progression opportunities for marginalised young people.

As Artistic Director, Rachel created the original concepts for major productions at the Tron Theatre, co-creating Ma Bit with David Cosgrove, John Kielty and Libby McArthur, and TELT alongside Mark Murphy, both holistically informed by the input of young people from initial consultation to final production.

Rachel has formed and nurtured fruitful partnerships for Toonspeak and been a passionate advocate both for the company’s work and for the voices of young people as artists and cultural leaders.

Rachel would like to thank the Board, all staff and artists, partners and funders, and especially our exceptional young people who made her job such a joy and a privilege.

Toonspeak wishes Rachel all the very best as she looks forward to new adventures.

Jodie Wilkinson

Chair, Toonspeak Board of Directors

 

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Another Successful Show at the Tron

Toonspeak Summer Show 2018

Since the beginning of May this year, a phenomenal team of over 50 young people from Glasgow have been working with a range of Arts professionals devising, creating, writing and playing with the concept of

TELT!

And it premiered at the Tron Theatre this August to standing ovations each performance.

Set in the past and the near future, TELT is a time travelling action adventure story for those sick of being telt to pipe down. After a generation’s voice is violently stolen, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a secret mission to retrieve what is rightfully theirs. But after hunting down then coming face to face with their attackers, will their words be mightier than the sword?

This was the first time the young people had worked with Mark Murphy, an outstanding artist with an impeccable track record built upon a body of work spanning 25 years across theatre, outdoor spectacle and international ceremonies, undoubtedly making it Toonspeak’s most ambitious show to date. And the young people pulled it off impeccably. The whole team were so impressed and so proud of what they achieved.

Here’s what the audience had to say

(Videography Gradisca Films)

Not only was it performed well, our young artist team were running the production backstage having been mentored by professionals in the field they were working in across all aspects from stage management to lighting, sound, costume and more.

A massive achievement for everyone involved, we look forward to seeing what next years show will be. We’ll let the young people decide and get you TELT!

Some more comments about the show from participants and families…....

An amazing project to be a part of from start to finish. A huge thank you to the entire team for this opportunity!”

Well done loved it, and the fact Nicole was involved you do a great job with the kids they are well looked after.

A very powerful piece of art each and every one of the company on stage and off it worked so hard. As a parent I not only love the finished project but I love seeing the relationships the young people form. I look forward to seeing what the next project is. Oh and not to forget a massive well done to the behind the scenes team who organise everything from taxis to funding without you there wouldn’t be a company.

“What a fantastic performance they all gave 👌I can’t wait to see what next year brings ❤️. All the hard work from you all behind the scenes who work amazingly hard to bring everything and everyone together the teamwork from you all stick out a mile and the hard work they’ve put in shows tremendous potential from each and every single kid who can put on a brilliant performance for an audience like myself who thoroughly enjoyed every single show they did and I am really excited to see what next year brings to the Tron Theatre. Well done to you all for giving your time and hard work to each and every kid you’s have worked with, Toonspeak is Teamwork well done 👌❤️

“What an amazing show. All put together brilliantly. From kids to all off you behind the scene and off course all the Toonspeak staff. Thanks Jamie had a ball xx

 

 

 

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Bronze Arts Award PASSED!

Today we had a moderator for Trinity College London at Toonspeak to assess our Bronze Arts Award participants work, and we are delighted to announce everyone passed!

Congratulations!

Declan Mundy
Dominika Gresle
Grace McLeish
Holly Paterson
Holly wood
John Wilkie
Morgan Healy
Patrycja Jusis
Paul Nolan
Peter Carter
Sophie McLeish
 
The project started last October and ran to March. Participants came along each week to work with Stevie and Sarah, talking about their arts inspirations, researching their favourite artists, and bringing along their hidden talents, which is what the awards are all about.
 
In order to achieve their award the young people have all collected evidence of their experiences of:
  • actively participating in any art form
  • at least 1 arts event and their review of that event
  • researching the career and work of an artist/ crafts person 
  • passing on an arts skill
Our lovely freelancer Sarah has been working hard over summer to make sure all the participants work was ready for moderation. We also had Domi in to talk about her experience doing the award, who is now moving onto Silver, which is fab. Massive thanks to them both, and to all the young people whose hard work and dedication has really paid off.
 
Arts Awards are regulated by Trinity College London and are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). If you move all the way up to Gold you can achieve 30 UCAS points to go towards college or university.
 

If you would like to know more about Arts Award or any of our other projects

You can call 0141 552 0234/ email/ Facebook message us

Check out our What’s On page for all events.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Shine Young Parents by Intern Shannon Lynch

With recently starting a work placed programme with Toonspeak, I have had the fantastic opportunity of working with the Shine Young Parents group. I took this opportunity to take part as a participant which was great fun, and really livened up my Thursday afternoons.

Being a young parent myself, I have a great understanding of the struggle you can have at times weather it be, having issues with confidence or finding it difficult to find time to socialise with other adults.

The weekly workshops were a fantastic opportunity for the young parents to have a break. To have two hours out of their week to socialize, have fun and ultimately gain a little bit of confidence.

At our feedback session a lot of the participants agreed that they enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people, in a fun and friendly environment which ultimately helped them build their confidence.