Since travelling to Niyamgiri, Orissa, in December 2008, I have been following the Dongria Kondh tribe’s fight against Vedanta Resources’ plans to mine its land for bauxite. It’s good news, therefore, that the Indian Supreme Court yesterday (18 April 2013) rejected an appeal to allow the company to mine the Niyamgiri Hills. Instead, it has said that continue reading
One of Word/Play’s aspirations is to give people the confidence to say what they want to say – in public. For some of the participants, walking through the door to the first workshop was tough enough. Who’d have imagined that, two months later, they’d be standing in front of a microphone performing work they’d written themselves, about continue reading
I’m getting a warm buzzy feeling when people let me know what Word/Play is doing for them. A voice in my head goes ‘yes, hoorah, they get it!’ *PunchTheAir!* What I mean is: Word/Play seems to be making a difference, and in ways that I hadn’t dared imagine. The strapline for Word/Play describes how we continue reading
I’m a little bit scared. But in a good way. After nearly 18 months of planning, fundraising and hard thinking, a new initiative, called Word/Play, is about to start.
Word/Play brings together theatre, spoken word and digital media to create change. It’s for people in Somerset who want their voice to be heard, to feel better about themselves or to make a difference to their quality of life.