We delivered our first project in 2013, working on a tiny grant from Redbridge Arts Grants. Since then our projects have got bigger and bigger - and more diverse. We continue to run our main project - You, Me, the World and... - but we also deliver work in a variety of other settings outside our main project, with theatres, charities, corporations and community groups.
"It has made me value other people more..." / "It wasn't like any other workshop, it got every1 up, it was energetic, fun and no one wanted it to stop..." / "I have more confidence now..." / "I realised I do have a creative side " / "Ilford is so much more of an important place than we realise and this workshop showed this to us and everyone around" Participants
You, Me the World & Tower Hamlets
Funded by Tower Hamlets Borough Council, we engaged over 11 community groups, and heard stories from over 100 participants. We worked with primary aged children and elderly residents, employees of local businesses and the homeless. After a communal meal of pizza and pop, stories were collated and retold to an audience at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green.
You, Me, the World & Hackney Wick
Old residents, new residents, artists, workers... Hackney Wick is changing and we wanted to hear from the residents.
Over the course of many months, and in close collaboration with The Yard, we engaged over 20 groups living in and around Hackney Wick. We listened to stories of change, challenge and hope. Groups ranged from local schools, tech start ups, cafes and gardening enthusiasts and their rich, diverse and moving stories were shared, by us, at The Yard over food, drink and a performance.
Funded by Discover Young Hackney & The Wick Award
YARDLINGS: Big are The Yard’s littlest theatre-makers. They are almost entirely without filter. They run, stumble and play through daily life with incomparable freedom. Working in partnership with Mossbourne Riverside Academy, we have been colliding with 4-6 year olds all year, exploding conventions of what making art with children should be.
take stock exchange & Stratford Circus - Story Of My Life...
Working in collaboration with Stratford Circus, Amal, Minhaj-ul-Quran Mosque, St Angela's and Plashet Schools, we brought together over 200 people from all over Newham (and all over the world) to tell stories, to listen to stories, to celebrate commonality and to celebrate difference. This project was funded by the Amal - a Said Foundation project.
You, Me, the World & Ilford
A commission in Ilford from Vision Redbridge as part of their 'Ilford This Way' scheme and funded by Arts Council England and Redbridge Borough Council.
This project spanned years, starting life in 2014 and developing over 2 more projects in 2015 and 2017. Spanning this time, we engaged more and more groups, collated more and more stories and became more ambitious than ever. We gave space to over 13 community groups, hearing stories from over 150 people. We built a more interactive online aspect to our work and started our meaningful collaboration with Redbridge Drama Centre.
You, Me, the World and Wanstead
Our first project back in 2013. We engaged five community groups and listened to and collated stories from all. Passionate about addressing the empathy deficit that can exist among communities, we shared the stories we collated with each group. The project’s aim was to create for participants the opportunity to develop their awareness of how they view themselves, engage with other people, the place they live, and the wider world. Our intention was to create a space where participants could engage their imagination and be creative, responsive and attentive to their own thoughts and feelings, to other people and their wider environment.
The project was a huge success and we were hooked...
You, Me, the World... was born!