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Retouring, June and July 2022

THE ADVENTURES OF FLORENCE AND THE MERMAID'S TEARS

Written and Directed by Scott Ramsay

Music, Lyrics and Musical Direction by Naomi Lane

Meet Florence Wright. She’s on a journey.

A journey to an island on the far side of the world…

A journey that will change her life forever.

 

 Florence’s mum has a new assignment, to a remote island in the Pacific Ocean that none of her friends have heard of. “What on earth is there to discover there”, thinks Florence. Little does she know that she’s about to encounter a revelation that will shape her future, and those of her friends back home in Portsmouth.

Join us for this exciting new musical for ages 5 to 105… Full of evocative music, thrilling storytelling, and interactive fun. If you’re looking for a great introduction to one of the most important climate themes of our age - plastic pollution - come along and be surprised, informed, and tooled up for the future.

 

Florence and the Mermaid's Tears was commissioned as part of Portsmouth Climate Festival 2021 and was supported by Arts Council England. It toured to community hubs across Portsmouth and Hampshire, in collaboration with Naomi Lane and The Host Space.

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Touring, Autumn 2022

JOURNEYS

Developed with RARE Productions and Mind Fitness

Journeys is a wellbeing and resilience project, developed in partnership with RARE Productions and Mind Fitness, aimed at Primary Schools throughout England. The project has recently concluded a Research and Development phase, working with educationalists, Mental Health practitioners, parent governors and pupils to narrow down on the most effective delivery model for Children and Young People.

 

After an immensely challenging two years for the education sector, Journeys aims to provide targeted mental wellbeing and coping strategies within an interactive theatre production, providing pupils, teachers and parents/guardians with a legacy of tools.

Our communities have demonstrated inspiring resourcefulness and spirit during the Pandemic; however, it has proved difficult for schools to catch up on social development deficits that have widened during interrupted attendance. Anxiety has increased, and concepts of mental health are difficult to grasp or articulate across our younger generations.

Journeys will be fully developed and made available to our portfolio of 150+ schools in Autumn 2022,

and will focus on the following themes:
• Coping in challenging situations and managing emotions
• Navigating pressures relating to social media, bullying and inclusivity
• Active Listening and empathetic social skills
• Articulating worries and anxieties, and ‘normalising’ wellbeing
• Fun, distracting storytelling that allows serious discussion through the back door
• Connectivity and signposting of support where needed
• Self-acceptance
• Access for parents, so learning can be backed up at home
• Access for non-teaching school staff

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Touring, Autumn 2022

UNDERTOW

Written and Directed by Scott Ramsay

A new touring production, celebrating our coastal community and the shared passions of those who call this place ‘home’. From the writer and director of The Adventures of Florence and the Mermaid’s Tears, prepare for thrilling revelations and beautiful realisations in this very special event for Autumn 2022.

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We work with a range of partners to explore the Climate Emergency and to promote Climate Action, including The Environment Agency, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Climate Action Board, Jetsam, City of Sanctuary, GoodGym, Portsmouth City Council, and numerous schools and venues.

We create new creative projects and engagement opportunities to broaden the reach of the climate conversation, and we co-curate the Portsmouth Climate Festival to ensure it's reach is as wide as possible.

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People and Stories is delighted to have recently provided directing services to Little Wolf Entertainment and Derby Live for their hugely successful production of Sleeping Beauty at Derby Arena.

 

With over 30 years of staging Pantomimes and Christmas shows, we’re able to support companies and venues to write, produce and direct shows. Recent productions include The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Dick Whittington, for New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Harlow Playhouse.

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People and Stories delivers and supports activities for children, young people, and their families, across the UK.  As our reach continues to grow, we expect to reach over 100,000 participants and audiences over the next 12 months, across 35 regions. Current partners include Rare Productions, Outside the Box Productions, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership and the

Environment Agency.

We understand the benefits that cultural and creative engagement can bring to young people and their families. So too, do we understand that it's often about 'joining dots' - bringing partners together to create special projects that are bigger than the sum of parts. As our communities emerge from a challenging 20 months, there is a lot of catching up to do, and opportunties to share.

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We're fascinated in the art of placemaking and creating spaces to share activity. We also understand the role that cultural and creative activity can bring to place-based development and regeneration.

People and Stories brings expertise and practical understanding to both the table and the floor, when supporting new developments. Current projects include CourtX in Portsmouth, and the Engine Room in Cambridgeshire.

We're also proud to lead a new initiative called Creative Harbour, championing community-focused touring and creative activity across the communites of Urban South-East Hampshire,

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People and Stories delivers and supports a range of cultural and creative activities to educational providers, schools and universities. Current projects include schools tours, workshops, research and development, and artistic direction, with partners such as the University of Chichester, Portsmouth Music Hub, and numerous schools across the UK.

We also care about sustainability and climate change, and we're playful in bringing together cultural and climate themes to support wider discussion and reach. We believe the climate emergency should be included in everyday storytelling, just as love, conflict and other facets of life are. We believe we have a part to play in supporting change.