We will be working with young people on our Accelerated Literacy Project to use the original English language versions of a selection of folktales to create audio scripts of them. These will then be rehearsed up and recorded involving the young people and actors from Hothouse Theatre to produce quality recordings for our online magazine, Oh My Nottz.
In 2010 Hothouse Theatre set up a video project that became in 2014 a 'Blue Peter' style online magazine as a platform for short video, audio, written and photos based articles produced by the young people on to allow them to express themselves, gain confidence, self esteem and increase aspirations.
As a response to Covid-19, and particularly the loss of school time experienced by the young people we work with, we are moving the project towards a greater focus on the written word through a move towards podcasts, audio stories and items for the magazine.
Covid-19 has put additional pressures on these young people and their families. Having lost ground over the last several months, particularly with reading and writing, it is unlikely that their families will be able to provide the support needed for them to recover.