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Evolving from thought
Each of us has the potential to be creative, and to embrace stories as a way of making sense of the world around us. One of the key elements of our work at People and Stories is to stimulate creativity and storytelling across our communities, and to develop audiences, participants, and artists along the way.
We’re very much a ‘does what it says on the tin’ kind of enterprise: We celebrate people and we tell their stories. In doing so, we expand what theatre and the arts can mean for our communities, often exploring gritty subjects, but always embracing accessible, playful, and uplifting creativity. We hope you'll join us on the ride.
Thematic pertinance and local purpose
A key element of our work is to creatively ‘join the dots’ across the conversations we have with communities, and responding with projects that provide a sense of pertinence, connection and relevance. Our projects are also about celebrating our sense of place, our heritage, and pushing the boundaries of what our communities can expect from theatre and the arts.
‘People and Stories’ might feel like a simple concept, but what makes the company a surprisingly rare beast is its focus on the themes that local communities are talking about, and providing opportunities for regional performing artist development.
The communities of Urban South-East Hampshire are home to 530k individuals, with a shared maritime heritage and harbour environment. Despite the pride of place felt by many in our communities, less than half of residents feel regularly engaged in arts and cultural activity.
A core element of our work at People and Stories is to reach as many residents as possible, across all of our communities, in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Hayling. Engaging new audiences and participants is at the heart of what we do, and our 'Creative Harbour' network of community venues is part of our drive to extend the reach of arts, culture and creativity for all.
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