The Walking Neighbourhood has a simple premise: children companion audience members on a curated tour around a specific part of a city, community, venue or site. This is a new way to see and experience places, spaces and buildings in public and private. Children are in control of developing the artistic experience, guiding an audience, navigating the physical space and sharing their experiences of autonomy all the while creating new friendships with people they do not know. The experience is base in a central area within the city, community, venue or site to allow audience members and children to gather, introduce, share and debrief before and after the experience.
The Walking Neighbourhoods involves from 10 – 30 children/young people aged 8-13, this can be negotiated to suit the project.
Residency and Development
The show tours with a company of 2 professional artists that will be based the neighbourhood for 2 weeks, as a residency. During this time they will work with local artists, technicians, volunteers, the children and local businesses or community members to develop this custom made event. The work is developed over 12-14 days in your community. The local presenting company will source local artists, volunteers, technicians and children.
The number of performances can be negotiated but usually results in 4 shows over a weekend at the end of the residency. Other activities such and key notes, masterclasses, community meetings and media can be incorporated across this time.
The Walking Neighbourhood can be performed in a wide range of spaces, from theatres, studios, community halls, centres, indoor and outdoor spaces. The artists design this space to appear as a Departure Lounge. This lounge acts as the front of house and base for the project, the walks depart from this location into public spaces and return upon completion.