The Restoration Wyfe- A Saucy London Life.
This is an educational community heritage project looking at how women lived in the Restoration period in London. The project aims to bring this period of history alive to people who would not normally have access to heritage projects, or believe they had an interest in history. The main aims of this project are to go out and about researching, learning and gathering information which will be brought back to Hackney to share with the wider community. Unity Arts will offer participants and the wider community access to specialist speakers. This project will culminate in both an exhibition/presentation at The Geffrye Museum, an end of project exhibition in Hackney open to all of the participants and the general public and the creation of a brand new Elizabeth Pepys Tour.
The project will initially research the Restoration period in general and then investigate specific areas. These are as follows:
- There will be a focus on the experiences of three different wives; Catherine of Braganza, Elizabeth Pepys and Margaret Blague. In looking at the lives of these three women will undoubtedly open the focus and encompass the view of their husbands, the mistresses and their world including Civil War, The Plague and The Great Fire of London.
- We will research the physical world of women at this time. We will understand and create a ladies bedchamber, small closet and “close-stool “place.
- We will deliver workshops in creating architectural model boxes aiming to capture interiors of the period. This will be delivered by University Students and a Professional Architect from the Architects’ Association. We already have a great deal of interest in these workshops form potential participants.
- We will recite some excerpts directly from the Diary of Samuel Pepys. This will be performed live using the bedchamber to help place this in a physical historical context.
- We will deliver resource and educational packs for schools, community centres and colleges.
- We will deliver an Elizabeth Pepys tour.
- We will deliver a series of trips to relevant sites of interest (e.g St Olave’s, Hart Street and The National Portrait Gallery) and specialist speakers giving talks related to the period.
- We will deliver a detailed exhibition and presentation of the life and times of women in the mid 1600`s.
Unity Arts successfully bid for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support a project open to all who live in Hackney, Islington or Tower Hamlets who want to learn about the most democratic of art forms, Old Time Music Hall. It echoes all around us, Waterstone’s at Islington Green, Marie Lloyd’s house in Hackney, Wilton’s Hall in Poplar and there are huge audiences for variety leaning TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent.
The project will enable participants of all ages to discover their local history through research, museum visits and talks from local experts from January to June whilst learning new skills to produce an exhibition and performance at Hoxton Hall on 9 June 2012. www.hoxtonhall.co.uk
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A new satirical performance piece created by 11-14 year old girls
Unity Arts was awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund to deliver a three month Theatre Arts Project.
A presentation, called Form Expression, of some of the work that came out of the girls’ research and workshops looking at the portrayal of the female form took place at The Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2 on Sunday March 28.
They used Creative Writing, Dance, Movement, Music and Devising to create a new work which looked at the Media, Food, Dieting and Fashion industries and the influence they have on young girls.
|Director Lil WarrenChoreographer Jayne McVeighSet Design & Construction/Sound Technician George WaltersPerformers
Manuela Pomposo Leiva
Amber Allsop and Adina ReidAdditional Contributions
Cherie Anderson, Ali B, Damiola Fasulu, Shanksy
|Let Me Introduce Myself
Solitude by Alice McNaught DavisDid You Know?Mother Earth Contemporary Dance piece looking at the images the girls have seen of grieving women fighting for survival and protecting their childrenViolette by Katherine Georghiou-Makki
Stretching The Truth by Amber AllsopNobody Til Somebody Loves You? Jazz Dance looking at how films like Twilight inform young girls about what to expect from relationshipsGirls Beware Girls
Beautify by Minouche Tas
Wishful by Isabel Walters
Make Up and Phone by Ari Burleigh
Tempestuous by Ari Burleigh
Did You Know?Who’s Dressing Who? Expressive Movement piece about peer pressureLonging by Ella Clark-Cowan
Glamour by Iris Owen
One Folk Dance symbolising the connection we all have