Annual Review 2016-17
How Bubble works:
2016-17 to do list: 3 consolidate 3 get finances in order 3 check monitoring systems 3 prepare for summer show in 2017
Consolidation involves understanding what works and why. During the year we invited some respected practitioners and commentators to observe our work and critique it. Their feedback has helped us identify the principles and values common to all Bubble projects. It has also helped us to understand how our inclusive approach to making theatre sits on the cusp of art and wellbeing. The pages that follow try to catch some of these values.
It’s just creative relationships. People moving between projects, making new connections. Simple really.
Jonathan Petherbridge (Creative Director and Chief Executive)
291 children in 13 primary schools in Southwark
School staff + freelance artists + academia + Speech and Language therapists
SPEECH BUBBLES Supporting children’s communication, confidence and wellbeing
With thanks to François Matarasso, Professor James Thompson, David Gauntlett, Imogen Slater and Dr Helen Price at the University of East London.
Groups devise their own theatre and share with audiences
Sessions led by experienced artists
WEEKLY DRAMA SESSIONS Making theatre at Bubble for ages 6-90+ yrs
TEA BREAK THEATRE drop in sessions for adults
ROTHERHITHE SHED Twice weekly social making sessions
7 partners + 43 schools nationally
PERFORMANCES Animating spaces in our area
3950 PEOPLE, MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS
As you will see from the following, although our turnover and outputs reduced slightly we ended the year increasing our free reserves and in a more secure position to plan further ahead. Sir Simon Hughes (Chair)
During the year 43 people from various projects came together to research and develop our next Vernacular show ‘Primary’
Using drama to improve life chances; supporting mental health and wellbeing
THE CREATIVE ELDERS PROGRAMME Making theatre with older adults
Working with young people at risk of exclusion
BUBBLE YOUNG THEATRE MAKERS (BYTM) Working with young people at risk of exclusion
Connects to health and social care sector
Creativity + conviviality = connections + wellbeing
CREATIVE HOMES in 6 sheltered housing units
Training and support to research and devise Forum Theatre pieces for their community
Referrals and word of mouth
During the year 23 BYTM alumni were employed across various projects
The importance of communication
Theatre asks us to communicate through our body, voice and feelings. Across all Bubble projects artists create an environment to encourage:
Eye contact Playfulness Connection Care Listening Presence We believe these skills connect to wellbeing. They develop our social and emotional intelligence. They build a sense of connection and improve our ability to act â€“ be it on stage or in society.
340 5-11s 317 12-18s 101 19-65s 112 65+ attended workshops
The art of collaborating Theatre just can’t be made alone It asks us to collaborate To forge relationships through give and take
Participants at Bubble collaborate as they explore stories that matter to them and their community. Creative teamwork encouraged in workshops transforms lived experiences into theatre to be shared with others. We offer opportunities to listen and be listened-to, to create new theatre and make new friendships – sometimes with people who might not be in your age or interest group.
1389 workshop sessions took place in 13 Southwark primary schools, the lounges of 6 sheltered housing units, BOSCO youth centre, Bubble HQ, Pembroke House, St Mary’s Church, Southwark Pensioner’s Centre and Southwark Youth Offending Service.
The power of performance
We create projects which collectively express the voices of our powerfully diverse city. We involve old and young including those who might require some support and those who wish to give support to others. It has been said that our performances offer a model of a caring and creative community. Performances this year have led to debates about young peopleâ€™s mental health, the expectations placed on young men, the working life of primary school teachers, affairs in chocolate factories and the plight of Spider-Man!
60 performances and events took place at BOSCO youth centre, Bussey Building Arts Hub, the grounds of London Bridge City, the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, the lounges of Pedworth and Silverlock Sheltered Housing Units, at Southwark Youth Offending Service, Pembroke House, St Maryâ€™s Church Hall, The Courtyard theatre, Theatre Peckham and at Bubble HQ. To a total audience of
Our finances Income £498,757
Private income from trusts and foundations £161,156
Private income from donations £18,105
Grants from public bodies £153,007 Earned income £166,489
Earned income £166,489
Hires £39,455 Membership £2,125
Project income £124,909
Support costs £250,537 Project costs £210,556
Fundraising costs £21,439
The people who help make theatre
London Bubble would like to thank the following for their financial support:
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark Arts Council England British Land City Bridge Trust Frances Jones and John Little London Borough of Southwark London Youth Mayor of London North Southwark Environment Trust Newcomen Collett Foundation The School for Social Entrepreneurs SHINE Trust St George Rotherhithe Consolidated Charities Rosalind Riley The Amicable Society’s School Rotherhithe The Alan and Babette Sainsbury Charitable Trust The Big Lottery The Brook Trust The Drapers Charitable Fund The Expat Foundation The Jack Petchey Foundation The Peter Minet Trust United St Saviour’s Charity
Patricia Abraham Sylvan Baker Jocelyn Cunningham Matthew de Lange Mark Dunford Charlie Folorunsho Sir Simon Hughes Pamela Hutchinson Francisco Mojica Louise Owen Thomas Pullen David Slater May Steele Simon Thomson Sue Timothy
Adam Robertson Alex Evans Alison Hale Amanda Mascarenhas Andy Whitfield Angela Michaels Beatrice Kempton Ben Bennett Ben Myers Claire Sexton Claudia Carlsen David Gilbert Emma Hewitt Eric Maclennan Eva Alexander Fiona Whitelaw Hugh Barwell Imogen Slater Jade Dowsett-Roberts Jane Nash Jessica Rae Drader John Morales Joseph Phillips Katherine Gill Louise de Froment Maggie Rawlinson Marva Alexander Michael Breakey Olamide Davies- Norma Peter Gazey Pip Nash Rachel Essex Sagan Daniels Samantha Adams Sarah Woods Shanika Warren Simon Thomson Sorcha Corcoran Tanya Muchanyuka Tara E Millan- Brophy
Core Team Adam Annand Amelia Bird Lucy Anderson Jones Georgia Bowers Lucy Bradshaw Georgia Clark Wendy Lee Shipra Ogra Jonathan Petherbridge Marie Vickers
The following Young Theatre Makers were employed to deliver various commissions and projects: Aaron K Bell Alexander Phillips Antonio F Valverde Bella Tran Claudia Carlsen Daniella Connor Deshaye Gayle Florence Williams Gloria Emmanuel-Odhe Jade Dowsett-Roberts James H Brewer Jennelle Reece-Garner Joba Bojuwoye John Marfoh Malik Kane Miles McDonald Natalie Berry Nekesha Biggs Nirobi Salakov Raphael Flynn Rhyannon EvansArgent Russeni Fisher Sulaimon Idris
2017-18 to do list: share impact of Speech Bubbles build Creative Elders programme pilot young theatre makers project on mental health bring summer show back to London parks
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Photographs: London Bubble staff team, Jonathon Vines, Monica Alcazar-Duarte. Design: Feast Creative
Read about London Bubble Theatre's year in review.