When I was only twenty-two I was made homeless.
I was in my third year of studying at University when this happened and rapidly became acquainted with the hardships of studying without parental support.
I have always wanted to build an events series. When I started my Master's we were given a Community Music project. I wasn't sure how best to fit my passion for composition and helping the community together. This is where Project: Trinity was born.
Through venue research I decided on the Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, Manchester. For four reasons. I had already used their sister church previously for an assignment and they were beyond accommodating, I adore the architecture of churches and aim to bring back what they were purpose built for (live music), Sacred Trinity Church is central and they do their bit for the homeless by being in partnership with the homelessness charity The Booth Centre and being part of the Winter Night Shelter initiative, opening their doors for a place for the homeless to sleep and pushing that initiative upon fellow churches.
I collected dancers, musicians and composers and had them write to the theme of homelessness. Giving them only that theme and a duration I was purposely vague in that I wanted to let their creativity flow. My job is to facilitate not dictate.
Project: Trinity's Launch was a success and we raised over £150 for The Booth Centre.
The next event, Project: Trinity does Nightmares was our Halloween/Day of The Dead take wherein I gave each musician/composer a Halloween theme (possession, insanity, trick or treat etc) and a duration. They wrote their pieces which were then given to the dancers and visual artists to be encompassed on the Day of The Dead. This again was an even bigger success.
Another Project: Trinity, Project: Trinity's Point of No Return is in the pipeline and due soon. This is Project: Trinity's take on the catastrophe of climate change also bringing about awareness to a damning happening. I want to raise real issues and have people going away really thinking on what they've seen.
We've a couple more after this, including a freaky fairytale infused Halloween spectacular and a Krampusnacht themed one to help with the nationwide charity event Sleep In in December.
I have been homeless a few times in my life. I was homeless during in the planning of the second Project: Trinity. I absolutely felt the urge to give up but vowed not to as I still had a platform to reach and help those who desperately need it.
During this one I am recovering from surgery on each foot which has rendered me pretty much immobile for some time and again have considered that I am putting too much on myself but this means a great deal to me and others and so I will keep fighting for those who feel they cannot fight for themselves and I will lead a community of people who believe the same as I because most of all I want them to know that although it may seem as though the world has turned it's back on them. There are still dark, musical and sometimes creepy corners that really believe in them and are willing to stand up and be that change.
Please help me raise money for promotional materials to get the message out there and costumes so that Project: Trinity's Point of No Return can be the best yet.