Author page: Chol

Imaginary What?!

Imaginary Communities? Funny name, what’s that about? Well, it’s actually about something that’s very real, a new set of drama techniques that are having a huge impact in schools in Yorkshire and beyond, enabling students and teachers to be more creative, engaged and empowered in their lessons. Developed by Chol’s Creative Projects Director Vicky Sawka, ‘Imaginary Communities’ is a set of tools…

I am a tight-rope walker

POSTED MAY 16, 2017 BY CHOL THEATRE I like to think of myself as a tight-rope walker; a trapeze artist leaping across societal lines and presumptions. For the better part of my life, I have struggled to find a comfortable place in a world that has painted invisible lines between people: gender, race, sexuality, nationality, religion. And it’s strange when you think about it. These…

Creative collaboration in the classroom, it’s magic!

POSTED DECEMBER 6, 2016 BY CHOL THEATRE Right, just ventured from our Viking Settlement, my character Eric, the Chief’s son, has been busy preparing for battle with our sworn enemy. I’ve been working with Chol since September, right from the start the children were engaged and excited to share their ideas.  They worked collaboratively, in a way that I have never seen before, to develop…

Half a Smile

Half a Smile We had a great time working in collaboration with the Oldham Coliseum on an inter-faith project with young people from the town. Together with Vicky and Balvinder Sopal, the group devised a piece of theatre, exploring what faith meant to them. “Why don’t people smile anymore?” This was the focus point of the piece, exploring how even half a…

Museums of Imagination

POSTED AUGUST 3, 2016 BY CHOL THEATRE I remember my first trip to the Natural History Museum, walking into the enormous building, and facing the gigantic dinosaur skeleton just through the entrance. A reminder of how small I was, and yet, it invoked an enormous curiosity and my imagination as to what this incredible creature was and how they lived? A few weeks ago I…

Tales from the Hudd

Tales from the Hudd We were delighted to respond to a request from friends of the Tolson Museum, to present a performance in the Memorial Gardens in this Centenary Year of the Battle of the Somme. We created a piece inspired by objects and characters connected to the Museum. James Nichols and Carly performed an original piece to a lovely audience, including…

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