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Classes, Courses & Workshops Spring/Summer 2014

Welcome! Vita Nova has a packed term ahead to kick off Spring . . . We’ve a wide variety of arts workshops all taught by experienced arts professionals and workshop leaders, suitable for different levels of ability and offering different levels of support. This year alongside our groups designed for people in recovery from addiction and alcoholism we’re also running new groups open to people who use mental health services. If you’re interested in seeing your work onstage and fancy working with us on a brand new community theatre show – written and performed by you - then don’t miss out on getting involved as a writer or performer or both! We’re also working in partnership with lots of other fantastic arts organisations and individuals to offer even more from our workshop and theatre studio spaces at Vita Nova HQ,11 Roumelia Lane. Vita Nova are here to support you, so if you feel you might need extra support to attend a class, or perhaps you’re interested in some volunteering experience or even maybe you’d like some help to apply to return to education or employment, then we can offer help and guidance to support you to achieve your aspirations. So what’s stopping you from trying something new this year?! Give us a call, drop us a line or swing past the offices for more details and to reserve your place. We look forward to meeting you! The Vita Nova Team!

Boscombe Fringe Festival The Big 2014 Vita Nova Show! Workshops starting from 24th February 2014 In September 2014, Vita Nova will be producing the second Boscombe Fringe Festival, an exciting showcase of workshops, shows, exhibitions and performances by local artists, community groups and invited guests held at Vita Nova and Shelley Theatre. Last year Vita Nova supported the development of two spoken word shows, a spoken word film, photography exhibition and a new theatre show alongside performances from other emerging artists in the area. This year we’re thinking even bigger! With support from the Arts Council we’ll be looking to you to help us create something really special for this year’s festival.

What will it involve? The early stages are all about getting to know you and supporting you to learn new skills. All we ask is that you attend one of our creative writing or/and theatre workshops to start to develop your interests and ideas. As we move through the year our experienced workshop leaders will start to support you in shaping and developing the ideas to lead to a piece ready for performance in September.

For highlights, photos and reviews from last year’s festival visit:

What to expect from the workshops In the early stages workshops will focus on developing your skills as performers and/or writers. There will be lots of fun and laughter along the way, and activities inspired to help us starting thinking creatively, sharing ideas and finding our more about each other and the stories we might want to tell.

What if I don’t want to perform? You can still come along and benefit from being a part of the workshops without signing up to be a part of the final show. The arts are a fantastic way to be part of a group and work as a team, so even if you don’t feel that performing is for you, your ideas could still contribute to the final piece. There’s lots of other ways you could get involved too, without stepping on stage as we’ll need volunteers to help us with design, marketing, front of house, stage managers and technicians to help make sure everything goes without a hitch on the night!

What sort of show will it be? What we make will be based around your ideas... It could be a theatre show, a series of spoken word performances, maybe a comedy sketch show, or perhaps a promenade performance that takes the audience around Boscombe telling stories along the way.... Crucially we’re interested in hearing about the stories you’re interested in telling.

How can I get involved? The best place to start is for us all to get to know each other, so join a workshop and join in the fun!

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

Workshops for People in Recovery from Addiction & Alcoholism Led by arts professionals and trained arts workshop leaders, these sessions are FREE to attend and open to people in recovery from addiction and alcoholism. To join one of these classes or workshops, new participants will need to be in recovery from addiction. We ask that you attend a short induction meeting before beginning a workshop, this is a chance for us to find out more about your interests and offer any "I have been lucky enough to additional support you may have been part of the writing need to help you succeed.

groups at Vita Nova for four years now. The Women's group is amazing. I feel that I can write about anything and have the full support of my fellow writers.

It is an integral part of my recovery."

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

Creative Writing Workshops Both our Open and Women’s Writing Groups also provide opportunities for one to one mentoring and progression support, as well as a chance to submit you work for publication to our broadsheet ‘Verba Vitae’ which is distributed locally and published online, or to perform at our spoken word performance evening ‘SCRATCH Night’ alongside other Vita Nova poets and performers from the local area.

Would you like to write? Are you an aspiring writer? Whether you like short stories, poetry or nonfiction, there’s something for everyone! Open Workshops Mondays 6 - 8pm Starting from 24th February 2014 This gentle and supportive workshop is led by Vita Nova writer in residence. It’s suitable for both men and women, from complete beginners to more advanced writers looking to build confidence and creativity in a fun and informal session.

Women’s Writing Workshop Alternate Wednesdays 6 – 8pm Starting from 19th February 2014 Our women’s only writing session offers a friendly female space to build confidence, share your writing and develop your own voice.

Join up to be a part of Boscombe Fringe 2014!

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

Drama Workshops Thursdays 5.30pm - 7.30pm Starting from Thursday 27th February “Drama makes me happy! I’ve really enjoyed making stuff up, working as a team, being out of my comfort zone and watching other people’s performances”

Our drama workshops offer a gentle introduction to developing confidence, self-expression and skills in theatre. These fun and accessible workshops cover various aspects of theatre including working with text, improvisation, devising and comedy. There’s plenty of opportunity throughout the workshops to develop your own ideas, get in touch with your creativity, work as part of a team and grow in both confidence and self-esteem. We organise regular trips out to see shows at local theatres, often with discounted ticket prices. Open to complete beginners or people with previous experience these workshops will open your mind and body to the world of acting and performing! NB: These are practical workshops so please come along in suitable clothing for moving about in, loose fitting trousers and t-shirts are ideal.

Join up to be a part of Boscombe Fringe 2014!

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

‘SLR’ Photography Project Thursdays 10.30am -12.30pm 10 week course starting 27th February

This project is run by ‘Untapped’ specialists in photography and community projects in partnership with Vita Nova. This is a free photography project for people in recovery with or without photographic skills. Half of every session will be skills based, as a formal digital photography course, the other half being individual project support, encouraging your work to take shape Previous participants have gone on to have their work exhibited at local festivals and events. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund

Course Dates:- 27th Feb - 1st May

In partnership with

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

Music Room Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm Starting 5th March

An exciting and accessible series of 8 workshops including improvisation, group playing and song writing. No previous experience or musical knowledge is required, the group will be a mixture of beginners and those with some experience all sharing their ideas and creating music together. A selection of instruments are available to use at the workshops, but if you have your own instrument then dust it off, get it down from the attic and bring it along! Making music is relaxing, confidence building, increases your self esteem and is fun! Previous participants have also had the opportunity to perform at events in the local area. Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council Community Action Grants

workshops open to people in recovery from addiction

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For more info T: 07980 820 273

Tuesdays: 11am - 12pm Starting 4th March

A fun series of 10 free workshops to increase fitness in a small friendly group, no experience or special clothing needed. Run by Beyond Adversity, funded by Sportivate and Active Dorset, this series of classes is aimed at people who may previously have been put off the idea of ‘fitness’ or felt excluded from sports for whatever reason. We understand that attending an exercise class for the first time can be hugely daunting, don’t be put off, we are here to support you whatever your concerns. With groups of between 3 and 10 people led by 2 professional personal trainers, you can grow at your own pace and you will be encouraged and helped to improve your fitness levels and perhaps even go on to have a go at a sport you’ve always to ‘have a go at’!

workshops open to people who use mental health services

Workshops open to People who use Mental Health Services These workshops are open to people who use mental health services and are suitable for all levels of experience. All the classes and workshops offer you space to develop skills for creativity and self expression, a space to make new friends and work as part of a group. You can join either of these workshops by self-referral, or if you’d prefer we are happy to hear from key workers or other people involved in your care to help you make the first steps in attending.

workshops open to people who use mental health services

Introduction to Theatre Tuesdays 2.30pm – 4.30pm Taster Session 4th March 10 weeks starting on 11th March

Held in our theatre studio and led by a theatre professional with a wealth of experience in teaching, directing and performing, this series of 10 workshops will introduce you to the basics of different styles and techniques in theatre. Covering a wide range of topics including working with text, acting skills, devising theatre, performing to an audience and staging techniques. Suitable for complete beginners or those with more experience, this is an ideal short course for anyone interested in developing confidence, making new friends, learning new skills and finding out more about theatre. There will be a taster session on 4th March at 2.30pm, the taster will provide a chance for you to find out more about what’s involved, meet the course leader and ask any questions you may have.

Join up to be a part of Boscombe Fringe 2014!

workshops open to people who use mental health services

Jericho Art Group Fridays 2pm – 4pm Taster Session 7th February. Term begins 14th February

‘What does it mean to be well?’ Over the course of a year, participants will have the opportunity to work with practising artists across a number of disciplines. Workshops will explore and develop life-story work - through creative writing, visual art, design and mosaic- with a focus on empowering the creative voice. Participants will learn about the practicalities of ‘making art’ as they move through the process of turning ideas into objects. The group will then produce sections of mosaic which will come together to create a unique whole that reflects and reacts to their discoveries alongside other local community groups. The project will run for 1 term for the life story/creative writing work and 2 terms for the mosaic design and work with community groups. This will culminate in a celebration event and the opportunity for the finished mosaic to tour the local community. Richmond Fellowship in partnership with Southbourne Creative Hub. Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council.

workshops open to people who use mental health services

Music Room Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm Starting 5th March

An exciting and accessible ongoing series of workshops including improvisation, group playing and song writing. No previous experience or musical knowledge is required, the group will be a mixture of beginners and those with some experience all sharing their ideas and creating music together. A selection of instruments are available to use at the workshops, but if you have your own instrument then dust it off, get it down from the attic and bring it along! Making music is relaxing, confidence building, increases your self esteem and is fun!

Previous participants have had the chance to perform at events in the local area!

Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council Community Action Grants.

Creative Writing Development Workshops

With over 8 years experience of developing writing and spoken word in the area, these workshops form part of our commitment to supporting the continued promotion and development of local writers. Our in-house Advanced Writing group supported by Lit Up!, are led by our Writer in Residence and professional playwright, May Sumbwanyambe for people looking for support and guidance with their writing. We are also delighted to be able to host the monthly Archimedes Screw workshops provided by ArtfulScribe.

Advanced Writing Group Alternate Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm Starting 24th February Supported by Lit Up!

Throughout the year our writer in residence, and professional playwright May Sumbwanyambe will be running genre specific workshop series and master classes for writers who are more advanced in their practice who are currently developing (or wanting to start) either: a collection of poetry, a collection of short stories, a novel, a stage play, or a screenplay. To apply for a place please contact us by email or letter responding to the question; ‘why do you want to be writer?’ Priority placing will be given to those who can demonstrate strength of voice and passion for story telling.

Email applications to

Archimedes Screw Monthly Sunday workshops Dates: 16th Feb, 16th march, 20th April, 18th May, 15th June, 13th July, 17th August, 21st Sept, 19th Oct, 16th Nov, 21st Dec

Tapping into the vast reservoir of South Coast creativity, Archimedes Screw is a project devised to pump poetry up from grassroots production to professional performance. Offering a series of 12 creative workshops to stimulate the depths of the imagination and pour poetry from pens, participants will be encouraged to experiment with both form and content through guided workshop activities, collaborative work and exercises that invigorate creative thinking. Supporting both page and performance poetry, Archimedes Screw will also provide a bi-monthly showcase event where poets can perform their work to an appreciative audience, raising public profiles and performance experience.

Events, Performances and Publications Coming Up! ‘Verba Vitae’ We publish a free to distribute broadsheet, showcasing a selection of work from our recovery writing workshops. Look out for copies in local venues, cafes and libraries. 2014 publication dates will be Mar/Apr, Jul/Aug and Nov/ Dec. Catch up with the previous issues by visiting:

‘SCRATCH Night’ This year we’ll be hosting three great evenings of spoken word by Vita Nova writers, with open mic slots available by submission before the event. These evenings are FREE to attend and offer a space to hear and share work in a alcohol free venue.

Arvon Foundation Writing Retreat Vita Nova are fortunate to have a fantastic relationship with the Arvon Foundation, who support writers through their residential writing programmes in beautiful rural locations across the country. This will be the third year we will be able to offer writers who show passion and promise an opportunity to come on a week long retreat receiving workshops and mentoring from amazing professional writers. This opportunity is open to Vita Nova writers in recovery, places for this are limited and if we receive greater levels of interest than places, participants will be selected by Vita Nova based on who best demonstrates the ability to benefit most from the opportunity.

Venue Hire Both our Theatre Studio and Writing Workshop spaces, are available to hire throughout the year for your community group or event. Rates vary dependent on the length of booking, duration and time of week you’d like to use the space. Priority will be given to groups working with people in recovery and vulnerable adults. Please contact us for an informal chat about your needs and requirements.

Artist Residencies Are you a theatre company, actor, performance artist interested in developing work? We’re now taking applications from local artists who would benefit from studio time and even an outside eye from our in-house director and playwright. Flexible rates or skills swops are available, for example we could ask for you to offer your time back to us in a way which benefits some of the people we work with, such as offering to run a workshops, invite people on our theatre courses into your rehearsal process or stage the finished piece in our studio. For more details and to arrange a time to come and talk to us about your ideas please contact us.

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