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ONLY CONNECT CREATE PROGRAMME

remixing, retelling and recycling stories and forms February - May 2013


Since 2006: 11 productions, 117 members, 122 professional artists, 10,250 audience members. 2013 is your turn; be part of the journey, be part of ADAPT.


Introduction OC CREATE

“To produce high-quality art inspired, performed or produced by OC members, reflecting the lives – the dreams and the reality – of Londoners at risk of involvement in crime.” OC Create Mission Statement OC Create produces theatre, music, film, art and dance for public audiences. It brings together prisoners, ex-offenders and young people at risk of crime with professional artists in partner venues, at home and away, for public audiences. Our work - a provocation for debate and discussion - asks us all to engage with the question of how to live. ADAPT ADAPT is the first full season from OC Create. In it, we remix, recycle and retell. ADAPT is a homage to the past, to history, to the old and already existing, but with a twist. We discover and investigate the old - traditional tales, classic songs, other people’s stories and the things we see everyday - before turning it into something new by remixing and retelling it our own way, through our lens, out of our mouths. In ADAPT we welcome twelve outstanding artists into the Only Connect family to work with over fifty members. And now we ask you to join us and play your part. Adapt your 2013; be part of the ADAPT season of work. To book a season ticket or for individual projects: create@oclondon.org W www.oclondon.org/create 0203 642 2345


ONLY CONNECT Founded in 2006, Only Connect is a group of crime prevention programmes working across London. We have one vision... “Only Connect sees life in London transformed through the work of people formerly at risk of involvement in crime, now fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens, workers, neighbours, family members and friends - as leaders in their spheres of influence. We see ex-offenders and youth at risk as assets, not as liabilities for London, with a major positive contribution to make to local communities and the wellbeing of everyone in the city.� ...and many missions. Each programme delivers different work in different settings, all aiming to interrupt the cycle of crime: from students in trouble at school to hardened repeat offenders and everywhere in between.

THANK YOU Partners of Prisoners, Clinks, Safeground, Prisoners Families and Friends Service, Welcare Kingston, Bruce Streather.


OC CREATE SPRING CALENDAR HOW TO BOOK: Online: www.oclondon.org/create By Phone: Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 17:00 0203 642 2345 By Email: create@oclondon.org OTHER BOOKING INFORMATION Concessions: for pensioners, the unemployed, disabled persons and their carers, and students, unless otherwise stated. Season Ticket: Book a season ticket and enjoy all the stories and all the forms for one discounted price. For £33 you’ll receive a 10% discount on the cost of the season and receive the book, CD, attend the performance, exhibition and participate in the debates for one allinclusive price.

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RETOLD

LOVE RE-IMAGINED

ADAPTATION

A VERSION OF A DAY

PANEL EVENT

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FEBRUARY ILLUSTRATION RETOLD Book: £10 From Wednesday 27 February In ReTold, six Only Connect members collaborate with illustrator Rupert Smissen to retell one of the world’s greatest stories as a graphic novel. The OC Artist Collective work together to tell the well known story from seven different perspectives. A mash up of styles and perspectives, ReTold brings them all together in one book, self published and sold in independent book stores and online.

RETOLD Deluxe: £70: Limited edition, one-off, handmade, handbound collector’s graphic novel, prints and a poster, all in a unique illustrated box.

Rupert Smissen is an artist and illustrator. He works mainly in editorial illustration producing work for magazines. He has exhibited in Norwich and London. Training: First Class Honours in Illustration at Norwich University College of the Arts. Clients include: Little White Lies, Popshot, Business Week, Big Rich Films. Awards include: Hermione Hammond Drawing Bursary 2012 and D&AD Yellow Pencil. He is a not-so-secret comics fan, and has a self published comic of his own, The Misanthrope.

“I’M A SUCKER FOR TALES OF MONSTERS AND THE MISUNDERSTOOD, SO MY FAVOURITE STORY IS MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN.”


MARCH VERBATIM THEATRE LOVE RE-IMAGINED Performance: £12/10 Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 March, 19:30 / Sunday 17 March, 17:00 Love is hard. Relationships are hard. Prison is hard. What happens when someone you love goes to prison? 70% of prisoners’ primary relationships breakdown due to the strains and difficulties caused by imprisonment. Love Re-imagined explores relationships that lasted a prison term, were started in prison or where prison features as an obstacle or an opportunity. Made from interviews with prisoners and their families, performed by Only Connect members and directed by Ellie Browning, Love Re-imagined tells the stories behind the statistics. LOVE Deluxe: £50: Sunday 17 March: An Audience With.... Enjoy a glass of fizz and talk love with one of OC’s VIP Friends after the show. Ellie Browning is the Associate Director at Look Left Look Right. Training: Middlesex University, Resident Assistant Director at The Finborough Theatre. Directing credits include: NOLA (Underbelly, Edinburgh); Not Another Musical (Latitude); My Superhero (BRIT school); The Love Project (Rich Mix); Give Me Everything Tonight (Oval House); Change (Arcola) and You May Go Now (Finborough). Assistant Director credits include: You Once Said Yes, You Wouldn’t Know Him (Look Left Look Right) and The Hide (Tangled Feet).

“ MY SIX YEAR OLD NEPHEW CALLUM IS THE FIRST PERSON TO COME INTO MY LIFE WHERE I FEEL AND ACT ENTIRELY UNSELFISHLY. I LET HIM WIN AT TABLE FOOTBALL EVEN THOUGH I’M SUPER COMPETITIVE, AND ONCE I EVEN GAVE HIM MY LAST ROLO. THAT’S LOVE.”


APRIL MUSIC ADAPTATION CD: £5 From Wednesday 24 April Music changes lives. In Adaptation, 10 members pick a song that means the world to them; songs that have inspired, encouraged and moved them, a song that has pulled them through or made them rise above. Armed with a team of esteemed industry professionals - led by Secret Sessions Director Harriet Jordan-Wrench - members cover the song, shaping their own new arrangement to tell their very own story. These songs and stories are collated in the OC Album, which is available to buy online and in local record shops. Make their songs and stories the soundtrack to your 2013. ADAPTATION Unplugged: £25: Thursday 25 April: An exclusive intimate acoustic gig featuring live performances and stories from OC members and guest artists. Harriet Jordan-Wrench is the Creative Director at Video-Box, a digital video production company specialising in music and fashion. Clients include: Burberry, Warner Brothers, Lucozade & Nintendo. She directs the popular music channel Secret Sessions, which features new and established artists performing one of their tracks together with a candid interview. Artists include: Jessie J, Charlotte Church, The Proclaimers, Rizzle Kicks, Hanson, Newton Faulkner, Marina and the Diamonds, Pigeon Detectives, and Patrick Wolf.

“MMM BOP BY HANSON, IT HOLDS A LOT OF MEMORIES FROM MY TEENAGE YEARS, BUT HAS SOMEHOW POPPED UP THROUGHOUT MY ADULT LIFE TOO.”


MAY PHOTOGRAPHY A VERSION OF A DAY EXHIBITION: Free From Wednesday 8 May In A Version of a Day, 12 members utilise all types of lenses - disposable cameras, camera phones, digital cameras, polaroid cameras and SLR to document a day through their eyes. Each member is tasked with taking a picture at a certain minute, every hour for 24 hours. A Version of a Day is a kaleidoscope exhibition of perspectives and experiences curated by photographer Rosie Collins.

DAY Tour: £25: Spend an hour looking through the eyes of an OC member as they walk you through the stories behind the photos.

Rosie Collins is a freelance photographer and filmmaker. Her photojournalistic work has taken her to Pakistan to shoot the aftermath of flooding with the UN, to a Palestinian refugee camp for Dubai’s 7Days newspaper and Uganda with the Red Cross. Her main focus is on portraiture, both in the studio and on location, and she also works at ITN filming showbiz entertainment news. Clients and publications include: Marie Claire China, ITN Productions, ESPN, British Red Cross, Joy The Store, Variety, The Independent, Time Out, 7Days newspaper.

“MY IPHONE IS FULL OF IMAGES OF EVERYDAY THINGS, THINGS I WANT TO REMEMBER. FROM MY NEPHEW DRESSED AS BATMAN TO A FUNNY PIECE OF GRAFFITI ON A TOILET DOOR BUT IT’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE PERSON STANDING NEXT TO ME WILL SEE.”


PANELS In our series of panels we use the art as a provocation for debate and discussion around topical issues in criminal justice. WRITING OUR OWN STORIES: THE ROLE OF PERSONAL NARRATIVE IN DEVELOPMENT Wednesday 25 March, 19:30: £5 “I am a part of all that I have met”, said Tennyson’s Ulysses. We are the stories we tell about ourselves - the way we interpret our past is central to our identity. Particularly, we can understand trauma as a story of catastrophe, or as a story of overcoming. People who have suffered - and caused - traumatic pain need to shape a narrative that helps them recover, and redeem their own mistakes. Join Professor Stephen Joseph, author of ‘What Doesn’t Kill Us: the new psychology of post-traumatic growth’, for a discussion about the way that art can help people re-tell their stories.

BEHIND CELL DOORS Monday 29 April, 19:30: £5 The Howard League for Penal Reform is undertaking the first ever review of sex inside prison, where it is unlawful to have sex because prison cells are deemed to be public places. Are intimate relationships a human right? Should offenders be allowed to form relationships whilst imprisoned? Join us to debate the issue.


ADAPT SEASON TICKET £33 1 TICKET, 4 STORIES, 4 FORMS, LOTS OF DEBATE

ReTold Book

Adaptation CD

Love Re-Imagined Love Story Ticket A Version of a Day Exhibition Launch Panel Tickets

Upgrade your season ticket: + RETOLD DELUXE + LOVE DELUXE + UNPLUGGED + DAY TOUR

£70 £50 £25 £25


ABOUT OC OC Central

OC Impact

OC Create

OC’s Central programme is the creative arts company and members’ club based at 32 Cubitt St, King’s Cross. Formerly a Baptist chapel, this beautiful building is now a working theatre with music and film studios, a large club room with computers and kitchen facilities. A small back garden provides a place to relax in a positive community.

The Impact programme is aimed at school students at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour, truancy and crime. OC Impact uses teams of trained exoffenders to deliver interactive workshops, performances and presentations from people that students listen to, in the voices they understand.

OC Create is a production company making film, theatre, music, photography and other arts, performed and inspired by ex-offenders and young people at risk.

Ex-offenders and young people at risk join OC as members – they belong to a positive community of people (our staff, volunteers and the members themselves) making OC a place of safety and hope. We support our members with a personal action plan, providing in-house services including training courses, employment support and one-to-one therapy, and refer members to our network of partners for specialist help with debt, housing or addiction.

Since 2008, OC has worked in over 100 schools and reached over 8,000 students across London.

Art reaches the heart, engaging people who have struggled in conventional education but who have a talent for expression. We work with professional directors, producers and artists to develop and deliver work reflecting the lives – the dreams and the reality – of our members.

OC Inspire

My Generation

OC has worked in prisons since 2006, delivering workshops and arts projects in male and female establishments.

My Generation is a youth charity formerly based in north Kensington, west London.

Our work now concentrates on helping prisoners put their talents and experiences – including negative ones – to good use: making sense of their offending behaviour, developing their leadership skills and equipping them for work.

In 2012, OC took over My Gen and now runs it as a training programme for hardto-reach young people with leadership potential, equipping them with the skills and opportunities to get into work.


THE OC TEAM Danny Kruger Chief Executive, Only Connect Group Nate Sence Managing Director, Only Connect Group Sarah White Development Director, Only Connect Group Mat Ilic Policy and Research Director, Only Connect Group Martin Finegan Training Director, Only Connect Group Lucy Cornell Executive Assistant, Only Connect Group Ceri Stokes Multimedia Manager, Only Connect Group Mark Bixter Assistant Manager, Only Connect Group Natalie Ibu Creative Producer, OC Create Cara McAleese Coordinator, OC Create Sonia Archer Director, OC Central Karis Barnard Centre Manager, OC Central Julie Costley Programme Manager, OC Central Becky Warnock Creative Arts Manager, OC Central Phill Clarke Membership Coordinator, OC Central Odene Beckford Coordinator, OC Central Michael Samuel Coordinator, OC Central Blandy Moaso Coordinator, OC Central Temi Lateef Coordinator, OC Central Caroline Sence Director, OC Impact Rebecca Lane Manager, OC Impact Andrew Brown Coordinator, OC Impact Kate Renshaw Manager, OC Inspire Bobby Smith Manager, My Generation Matt Schmolle Youthworker, My Generation Seyi Allen Coordinator, My Generation


ADAPTER Become an ADAPTER and help us achieve our mission to produce high-quality art inspired, performed or produced by OC members, reflecting the lives – the dreams and the reality – of Londoners at risk of involvement in crime. For a donation of £360 you’ll receive: RETOLD Deluxe: Limited edition, one-off, handmade, handbound collector’s graphic novel, prints and a poster, all in a unique illustrated box. LOVE Deluxe: Sunday 17 March: An Audience With.... Enjoy a glass of fizz and talk love with one of OC’s VIP Friends after the show. ADAPTATION Unplugged: Thursday 25 April: An exclusive intimate acoustic gig featuring live performances and stories from OC members and guest artists. DAY Tour: Spend an hour looking through the eyes of an OC member as they walk you through the stories behind the photos. PANEL EVENTS: Join in the discussions and debate the issues presented in our two panel events: Writing Our Own Stories (25 March), Behind Cell Doors (29 April). Your ADAPTER donation includes a £180 gift to Only Connect


Get Involved The work of Only Connect is made possible by the support of organisations and individuals like you, who care about their community and want to see crime fall, and young lives turned around. There are so many different ways you can support us, you could ‘Make Friends’ by giving monthly, become an ‘Adapter’ or just simply give what you can. OC’s track record In the last 12 months OC has: • Worked with 132 ex-offender members on personal development through training and re-settlement • Supported 26 members into full or part-time employment • Engaged 5000 young people in schools and community centres throughout London • Employed 5 members in full-time or part-time roles • Enabled 16 members to move into further education • Increased our member base by 39%

Our work has been independently evaluated and proved to cut re-offending by 50% - saving the taxpayer £3 in criminal justice costs for every £1 we spend. One-off Gift Your donation - however big or small - matters to Only Connect and allows us to keep working to reduce crime and re-build lives. You can donate right now by texting OCUK11 £10 (to donate £10) to 70070 If you would like to donate more please visit Only Connect’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/onlyconnectuk

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