Toonspeak have been invited to participate in a project called Equal Love. In July 2018 young people from 8 countries from across Europe will come together in Oldenburg Germany to share and reflect upon their experiences of LGBTQ+ issues and culture through the medium of theatre. This will be a life-changing experience for 5 Toonspeak participants, who we hope to send with theatre maker Daniel Livingston.
Over the last few months, 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
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?
Fifty young performers, creatives and technicians bring you a physically thrilling, visually sumptuous and emotionally turbulent story that brings together ordinary people who choose to do something extraordinary.
In Association 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, this is undoubtedly Toonspeak’s biggest show to date.
Performed in the Tron Theatre this August 3rd & 4th
TELT is the brand-new production from Toonspeak – a slick, stylish, large-scale contemporary theatre production that has been co-created and performed by 50 young people and a team of creative professionals in Association with Mark Murphy and Tron Theatre.
To launch one of our biggest productions to date we headed to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for a press shoot with some of the young people who are writing and devising this brand new show, working with the likes of Mark Murphy and Brian O’Sullivan.
First of all would like to say a massive thank you to Amani, Argyle, Lloyd, Kennedy & Kyle featured in the images. They did a fantastic job, barely breaking character from the minute they put on the suits until the end of the shoot. Brilliant level of professionalism, more than we could have asked for. Press photographer Elaine Livingston remarked, “It’s quite terrifying how much they are staying in character, they’re very good.” It was a very fun shoot and all involved are really happy with the images.
We’ll let them speak for themselves.
Massive thank you to the Kelvingrove for allowing us to use the venue, it was truly epic, lots of interest from people walking by and some lovely interactions. What a backdrop you provided.
TELT! will premiere at the Tron Theatre this August 3rd & 4th.
Toonspeak’s outstanding production TELT will be premiered at the Tron Theatre this August.
Building on the success of last year’s production Ma Bit, that premiered with a sold-out matinee and evening show at The Tron – Toonspeak have decided to expand their offering with a run of two days of shows on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August when they will once again take to the stage of the iconic Tron Theatre.
TELT is a slick, stylish, large-scale contemporary theatre production that has been co-created and performed by 50 young people and a team of creative professionals in association with Mark Murphy.
Built on the lived experiences of young people in some of Glasgow’s most deprived communities, TELT will be the 23rd major production created by Toonspeak, using their acclaimed co-devising processes. Their largest-scale show yet will have a vital, current and compelling theme.
Toonspeak presents the future of young people with fifty young performers, designers, technicians and writers bringing a visually exciting, physically dynamic and aurally thrilling production to the stage – documenting the journey and real lives of teenagers in Glasgow to the imagined lives of them as the leaders or the bleak future that has been mapped out for them through recent political events.
Jasmine Main, one of the young people who has come through Toonspeak who is an actor in her own right and now works regularly with them, said: “TELT is an incredible piece of work – the young people have been inspired by shows such as the Glasgow Girls – seeing young people like them on stage who are sharing the harsh realities that Glasgow’s young people face has very much been an inspiration for them to share their own stories while writing and devising this production. Audiences may be sitting comfortably at the start, but that won’t last for long!”
Rachel Smith, Artistic Director at Toonspeak, said: “Toonspeak celebrated its 30th year last year – to grow from something that was originally set up to give young people in the North East of Glasgow something creative and fun to do, to now working with communities across Glasgow and bringing world-class theatre productions to a professional theatre stage is just incredible.”
Toonies will be joined by Ignite members and representatives from three other youth theatres in Scotland from Thursday 29th March until Monday 2nd April, to embark on a journey as leaders in youth theatre culminating in a conference at the end of 2018 to share your experiences.
Following the success of last year’s school tour of sketch show SKINT we were approached by Fast Forward & Play to produce another brand new piece of theatre to take into schools centred around the theme of risk taking behaviour.This is a paid opportunity for young people, the second year in a row that we have been able to facilitate this which we are really proud to announce.
To start the process, the team from Fast Forward came along to facilitate workshops on a range of different issues, and through this a group of young people were chosen to create the show.
So, who is our cast? We are delighted to announce out of the 15 who auditioned
Aodhan Collins, Erin McDougall, Karly Cummins, Rebekah Watters, Reegan Graham & Shelby Johnston were all successful. It was a really tough decision, everyone did so, so well.
Directing the show is Toonspeak’s Associate Director Steven Leach and our Writer is Gabriel Quigley who some of you may remember from the Karen Dunbar Show!
The current working title is “Ruler Girl“. Watch this space for updates (and for a better group photo!)
Thanks to ongoing support from our funders Comic Relief, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a new series of Shine courses this term, including one specifically for Young Parents.
Working with Rosemount Lifelong Learning and connecting in with Smithycroft Secondary School’s Young Parent’s Support Base we are delighted to be able to offer this. A few years ago we ran a similar one, which was really lovely and saw great results, so we are really excited to have the opportunity to do this again.
So what will they be doing? Shine is all about nurture. Each week participants will meet with Libby and Stevie to share stories, connect, build confidence, raise aspirations, inspire one another and connect using drama as a tool to do so.
If you are a young parent aged up to 25 or know someone who you think might be interested in this email email@example.com or give us a ring on 07796 718 132
If you are part of an organisation who would like to enquire about us running a Shine course for your young people email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been chosen by Creative Scotland to be a Regularly Funded Organisation. This is a network of core arts organisations in Scotland and marks a significant shift upwards in Toonspeak’s growth as we mark 30 years of the company and the Year Of Young People 2018. The impact for the young people we engage with will be huge and we’re utterly delighted about what we can now do for them.
Young people from across Glasgow will be enabled to devise, write, perform and deliver high quality productions working with industry professionals, raising their aspirations and making their voices heard. It brings security to this key aim of our work, which we are very grateful for. In addition to productions, the support will allow Toonspeak to grow in new progression areas of our long term plan, which will see us support many young artists into careers in the arts.
Our recent production ‘Ma Bit’, performed in the Tron Theatre last summer was an overwhelmingly positive experience and ambitious achievement, and has stayed in the hearts of all the young people involved. We can’t wait to show you what we will do next!
Thanks so much to all our supporters, partners and friends – your messages mean so much to us.
Toonspeak are thrilled to announce that we will be touring schools again this Spring with a brand new show devised and written by young people.
This follows the success of last year’s SKINT which toured schools over a week with a sketch show raising awareness about financial capability issues.
To create SKINT participants worked closely with GEMAP a local organisation who provide workshops training young people about financial inclusion and money advice services. This resulted in a brilliant sketch show that audiences could really relate to, funny and informative! They all worked so hard, over the week along with the production team (Jools and Director Steven Leach) they built the sets at each school and managed props, it really was a fantastic team effort.
This year we are working with Fast Forward & Play, an organisation who work to enable young people to make informed choices about their well-being and to live healthier lifestyles.They will run an intensive weekend of workshops at Toonspeak training participants on a wide range of risk taking behaviours: youth gambling, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, knife crime, etc. which will then result in them choosing what they would like to write and devise a piece around. Through this a few young people will be cast and go on to make the show.
Working with SKINT Director Steven Leach and Writer Gabriel Quigley over a series of weekends, they will write, devise, rehearse and tour the show over a full week at the end of March.
Toonspeak are proud to announce that these tours are paid opportunities for young people, a progression that we feel is important to enable young people to bridge the gap moving into work in the arts.
SKINT was a total triumph, we can’t wait to see what they make this year.
For more information on Toonspeak you can call/ text 07796 718 132, email email@example.com, or catch us on Facebook/ Twitter @Toonspeak
One of Toonspeak’s main programmes Shine has lots of opportunities to get involved this term.
Funded by Comic Relief it is a really nurturing course for young people to focus on their self confidence, build self esteem, think about things they would like to achieve, make new friends and have fun doing so.
We have seen young people go through Shine and use it in lots of different areas of their life, whether that has been to finally have the confidence to sign up for College, or go for a job, all the way to starring in our recent sell out show at the Tron Theatre, ‘Ma Bit’.
Each Shine course is different as it is up to the participants who come along to decide which direction they want to take it in.
Over the next few months we have a few programmes happening and we would love for you to sign up:
Shine YCSA for young people based in the South Side at risk of social exclusion
Shine for ages 11-13 open to young people from across Glasgow
Shine for ages 14+ open to young people from across Glasgow
Shine LGBT for young people who identify as LGBT from across Glasgow
All of our workshops are FREE and we can provide transport. Below is a breakdown of where each workshop takes place and at what times. To sign up call (0141) 552 0234 or contact Programme Producer Paula Morgan direct firstname.lastname@example.org
Shine Central & West Integration Network
Fridays 3.30pm – 5.30pm every week until November 3rd (excl. Sept 22nd) at Garnethill Multicultural Centre (21 Rose Street G3 6RE)
Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm from October 4th until December 6th (excl. Nov 8th) at Govanhill Baths (99 Calder Street G42 7RA)
Shine for ages 11-13
Wednesdays 4.30pm – 6pm from October 4th until December 13th (excl. Oct 18th) at BCDC (54 Quarrywood Road G21 3ET)
Shine for ages 14+
Wednesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm from October 4th until December 13th (excl. Oct 18th) at BCDC (54 Quarrywood Road G21 3ET)
Thursdays 6pm – 8pm from October 12th until December 14th at Scottish Youth Theatre (105 Brunswick St G1 1TF)
If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
National Theatre of Scotland are facilitating a workshop and theatre trip with Toonspeak for upcoming show ‘Adam’ which was conceived for the stage and directed by our patron Cora Bissett.
‘If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice.
Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.
In a world first, Adam features a 120-strong, international digital world choir of trans individuals from across the globe which has been uniquely integrated into this remarkable multimedia production.’
This is a fantastic opportunity. Massive thanks to NTS Beth Morton for arranging.
Wednesday 13th September – 5pm workshop at Toonspeak – 7.30pm show at Citizens Theatre followed by meet and greet.
All free with transport covered. Call (0141) 552 0234 to sign up or email email@example.com
[Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, Adam is part of the Made in Scotland Showcase]
We have a new SHINE launching THIS WEEK, with Central and West Integration Network, a Scottish Charity which works with individuals and groups to support asylum seekers and refugees, migrant workers and black and minority ethnic people, and works with all communities to promote integration, in the City Centre and West End of Glasgow, across the city of Glasgow and beyond.
This 10 week course is designed to build self-confidence, self-esteem and raise young people’s aspirations. We have seen some truly beautiful results over the course of the years we have been running it, so we are thrilled to be working with the Integration Network for this.
Toonspeak are thrilled to announce that we are hosting another course of SHINE workshops for LGBT young people with Theatre Artists Daniel Livingston and Life Coach Scott Hay.
SHINE in a nutshell are workshops where young people are nurtured in a safe environment to build their self confidence, raise their aspirations and develop life skills that they can use across the board of their lives. This is achieved through a mixture of drama workshops with life coaching.
We have now run two LGBT focused SHINE courses with Scott, both of which were truly special projects. The young people involved really bonded and became a support network for one another. At the end of the first series they had created a Sharing of spoken word pieces using colours of the rainbow as stimulus, and for the second series of workshops the Toonspeak studio was turned in a pop up exhibition.
LGBT Youth Scotland have come on board to refer some of their young people, a fantastic organisation who help so many young people in need.
If you or a young person you know would like to sign up, or even just find out more you can call us (0141) 552 0234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The sessions will run from October 12th until December 14th // 6pm – 8pm // Venue tbc
All of our sessions at Toonspeak are free, and there are taxis available for this project.
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Toonspeak are currently recruiting to fill 2 new positions
As we move into our new home in Barmulloch and in our 30th anniversary year, Toonspeak are about to launch a community engagement programme in order to get to know our new neighbours. Throughout the coming months we will deliver a series of free open access creative projects and seek artists working in various disciplines to deliver inspiring workshops for community members.
Follow the links below for full information about both roles:
Amazing paid opportunity to work with Toonspeak and other young people’s organisations, including free training.
Thanks to support from Glasgow City Council Toonspeak are able to employ a young person as a Marketing and Youth Engagement Officer.
The role will focus on digital advertising, including a specialism in Google Adwords. The successful candidate will be 1 of 4 young people employed across the North East of Glasgow in this role. All 4 will work together on joint projects aimed at promoting the services of various youth organisations, and gathering feedback on what young people need and want to happen in the North East of Glasgow via youth consultation.
The candidate will be involved in the day to day promotion and operation of Toonspeak, and will be encouraged to complete an accredited training programme ran by Google. We are looking for someone who is a confident computer user, outgoing personality, and keen to learn.
The role is 30 hours per week, and a wage of £8.45 per hour will be paid. The role can start as soon as Monday 4th September and will run for 30 weeks (until end of March 2018).
This opportunity is open to young people aged between 16 and 24.