Play-Building is a brand new initiative that debuted this summer and is a three-phase program featuring rural youth aged 8 – 12 learning how to write plays and having their short pieces workshopped and showcased by Ship’s Company with a full professional creative team of actors, directors, and designers.
Now it’s finally time to showcase these works live, right here at The Ship, and completely free!
Please Note: Due to our Covid-19 guidelines, seating will be assigned, and tickets for these performances must be requested in advance.
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 2:00 PM *New Matinee
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM
About The Camp
A Free Program for Rural Youth
With support from the Emergency Community Support Fund and the Government of Canada, Ship’s Company Theatre presents: Play-Building. A free theatre program that introduces young people to theatre and the art of playwriting.
This program consists of ten sessions with three theatre instructors plus a week intensive where the participants, with the help and guidance of theatre professionals, write their very own short original plays that get professionally produced and acted out live on stage by professional actors for the community!
A three-phase program showcasing the original creativity of our youth
The play-building program starts off with ten four-hour sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays in July & August where a small group of rural youth get to participate in theatre games and exercises that build upon their imagination and creativity to the point where they are creating and writing their own stories.
The youth are then paired with teams of professional actors and instructors for a special week where each of them as individuals are guided to writing their very own short play.
Lastly, the youth watch their script get professionally produced by directors, actors and designers. It all comes together as Ship’s offers a weekend of performances for
the community to come enjoy the youth’s creations!
How to apply
This free program is limited in its capacity, and is meant to provide arts programming for rural youth, including youth who could otherwise not afford it or are from marginalized communities.
Applications for 2020 are now closed, keep an eye on this space and our social media for information about future programs.
Youth see their stories brought from the page to the stage!
July 14 – August 13
Ten theatre classes of fun, imagination, and creation.
August 24 – August 29
A week-long camp of play-building with theatre professionals.
Dates To Be Announced
A weekend of professionally produced performances of the original plays written by program participants
Thank you, Riverview!
Thank you to Riverview Cottages for supporting us in this endeavour.
It is important to recognize that this program, and the sessions offered to the participants, will take place in-person at Ship’s Company Theatre in Parrsboro. The limited number of participants will be determined by the province’s rules on gatherings. The staff and participants will follow the social distancing protocols set forth by the province and public health. All necessary safety protocol and precautions will be followed by Ship’s Company Theatre and each participant/guardian will be asked to sign a waiver that is also in agreement with the guidelines outlined by Ship’s Company Theatre.
Please Note: As this program will be following provincial guidelines the schedule is dependent on Covid-19 restrictions, and may be subject to change.
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We are located in Awokun, Mi’kma’ki, also known as Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, which is on land that is in the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq people. The Mi’kmaq people have been here on this land for over 11,000 years. In 1752 a treaty was signed between the British and the Mi’kmaq that detailed the sharing of the land and its resources. We know that the rights within this treaty have not been upheld. As descendants of settlers who colonized this land, it is important that we think about our relationship to the land, to Mi’kmaq culture and its people, and how we can make a future where we actually share the land and the resources it gives us. We need to think about how we can move forward to enact a future of respect and generosity. And we need to act immediately, with kindness and compassion. A major step in this process is educating ourselves. Ship’s Company Theatre is on a continuing journey of awareness and education. We encourage you to join us.
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