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People and Stories, in association with the Environment Agency, University of Portsmouth,

Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership, and Hornpipe Trust present a Creative Harbour project

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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People and Stories in collaboration with Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership
and City of Sanctuary, present a Creative Harbour initiative:


Sanctuary

Sanctuary is a dance and combined-arts project for schools and home-schooled children, inspired by Portsmouth’s place as a City of Sanctuary, and by the displacement of young people due to international conflict. The project is targeted at KS3 and designed to harness the performative arts as a means of understanding migration, the need to seek sanctuary.
 
The project will begin with workshops with refugee children and their families, through our partner organisation, Portsmouth City of Sanctuary. The workshops will give a platform for child refugee stories and offer a conduit for sharing concerns on the current Ukrainian crisis. The workshops will inspire a new piece of dance, underpinned with spoken word and music, and be produced as a film.

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People and Stories in collaboration with Portsmouth Cultural Education Partnership
and Admiral Lord Nelson School, present a Creative Harbour initiative:


TheatreMaker

TheatreMaker is a free Digital Education Resource for schools, providing a 360degree view of theatre-making, and the creative, production and business processes involved in making new work. The disciplines involved in creating and presenting theatre are considerable- from scriptwriting to fundraising, from directing to scenography.
TheatreMaker features an array of Portsmouth artists, who all create new work in the professional arena, locally, nationally, and internationally. TheatreMaker aims to broaden the scope of what is already available to schools, to celebrate the quality, relevance and reach of local theatre-makers, and to demonstrate their individual journeys.

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People and Stories in collaboration with City of Sanctuary,
Goodgym, and Jetsam, present a Creative Harbour initiative:

ShoreClean

ShoreClean is regular get-together of residents of the world, who come together to clean our shores, share stories, and use technology to help solve plastic pollution. Some participants will have recently sought sanctuary here from places far away, some will have lived here all their lives. But all want to make a difference.
 
Upcoming dates are Saturdays 6 August and 5 November 2022, and Saturdays 4 February and 6 May 2023. To find out more, do get in touch.

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People and Stories presents a Creative Harbour initiative

UNDERTOW

Exciting new event coming to the Portsmouth region this Autumn. UNDERTOW, set in 1982 against the backdrop of the Falkland’s War, unrest in Eastern Europe, economic turmoil & an emerging digital world. A Creative Harbour project, presented by People and Stories. Written and directed by Scott Ramsay. Supported by Arts Council England, in association with City of Sanctuary, Royal Naval Association and Portsmouth Repair Café.  Tour dates to be announced later this year.

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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.