We love responding to a brief and designing a project based around the specific needs of an organisation or group. We have a wide variety of skills, experience and influences to draw upon plus a trusted network of collaborators including musicians, videographers and movement specialists. We relish new challenges and love working with different people so do get in touch if you have an idea you’d like to discuss.
In December 2020 during the second national lockdown, Join the Dots Theatre partnered with Girlguiding UK, to launch its first virtual pantomime style Christmas show ‘Sisterhood in the Wood’ Aside from one day spent together filming the dance video, the show was created entirely remotely and online.
The pantomime, included up to 30 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers in cameo roles as well as a celebrity appearance from British endurance athlete, adventurer, author and motivational speaker, Anna McNuff. It was a tale of excitement, fun and friendship with core themes of kindness and of appreciating the small things in life.
Whilst embracing this new modern digital form we wanted to still hang on to the traditional elements of a pantomime that everyone knows and loves. Comedy, audience interaction and singalong songs all gave a ‘live experience’ feel to the show, though in fact recorded over several weeks.
Connection with our audience is very much at the heart of what we do as a company and we involved the Girlguiding community throughout the process. Rehearsing and recording scenes via zoom with selected groups and offering at home activities gave members across the country opportunities to contribute to the performance.
As part of a 3 day residential for a group of 35 young people with heart conditions, Join the Dots used drama, mask, film, music, art and movement to create an original piece of verbatim devised theatre which the young people then performed to an invited audience at the end of the weekend.
We created an online forum space to share ideas and used these and others generated in the workshops to explore personal experiences and the relationship that each participant had with his/her own illness. The process not only gave the participants a chance to talk about and explore a difficult subject, but also provided a platform for them to share experiences, discover more about themselves and find different ways to express their thoughts, feelings and stories.
Since 2015 Join the Dots have partnered with Unison World School in Dehra’dun, India to deliver an intensive week long theatre course for around 75 of their students each year. Throughout the daily workshops the students develop their theatre skills through games, mask work, music, voice, text work and physical play, working towards a final performance at the end of the week to share their learning to the rest of the students, staff and invited guests in the school’s amphitheatre. Past course themes have included the stories of Dr Seuss, Roald Dahl and Shakespeare and spotlights on Greek Theatre and tragedy and mask, clown and comedy.