Our organisation. Our story.
The Boaty Theatre Company CIO is adaptable, driven, creative and passionate, and our metaphorical doors are open to anyone. We recently set up two projects to reduce social isolation within our local community and, though not initially targeted at any specific age group, the Sunday Social has seen a trend of men over the age of 50 gravitating towards and, indeed becoming dedicated members of the project. Primarily, though this is an inter-generational creative meeting for people of all abilities to come together to chat, play musical instruments, paint, draw and enjoy the company of others. There are regularly a number of children aged 18months upwards who attend with parents, play and joining in with the musical activities; playing percussion, singing and dancing.
Unlike other youth and community dance/drama programmes, we do not charge a price for anyone to attend our activities as we know - being based in an area of recognised mass deprivation - that this can (and often is) a major barrier for many individuals and families.
Instead we encourage our groups to take an ownership of the different projects they are involved in and to work together and fundraise for each event. This fundraising often takes the form of a range of other events and activities including open mic nights, band nights and quiz nights, as well as more traditional activities including bag packs, etc.
Over the past year we have been considering what the future holds for The Boaty and we have realised that the biggest current barrier to furthering the success of our various initiatives is public access and the increasing costs of venue and rehearsal space hire.
We currently have a small space that is only suitable for small scale projects and a base of operations. Our future plans are to have our own creative space ‘The Boat Shed’ Creative Community Hub; a space in which can run auditions, rehearsals and even productions. A space that might have a community cafe, which would help in sustaining the funds needed to keep our various projects going, but which also has an additional benefit. Often the most difficult step for people wishing to engage but who possess little-to-no confidence, is actually approaching a project and asking how they might get involved. Having a cafe, gives people the opportunity to explore without obligation.
‘The Boat Shed’ will be a place for other local groups to perform as well. We will also hold weekly and monthly events like our Sunday Social, Lyrically Speaking (a monologue showcase with a difference), open mic and spoken word events, creative writing classes, games afternoons and acting classes. We also hope to hold exhibitions of local visual artists and provide a platform for them to display and sell their work.