Creative Junction and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford are working in partnership on Create for Change, an ambitious programme enabling young people to become global citizens through the arts.
Create for Change is a three year programme for the Youth Theatre Companies based at Pegasus Theatre. The programme focuses on the three Pegasus Youth Companies for 14-19 year olds – one specialising in theatre, one in dance and one in production/ technical theatre. Using the arts as a vehicle over three years the young people in each company will be enabled to become global citizens. By focusing on global issues and exploring them in a creative way our aim is to encourage young people to develop their awareness of the wider world and to have a sense of their own role as world citizens. During their time in the companies the young people will be exploring a whole range of local, community and global concerns and creating performances and workshops which they will perform and deliver at theatres, in schools and at national and international festivals and events.
Creative Junction are working in partnership with Pegasus to enable the work that happens through Create for Change to be documented, reflected upon and shared with a wider audience in order that both the excellent practice and the learning can influence and impact on practice in the wider sector.
In July 2012, Pegasus and Creative Junction hosted a Grand Debate as part of Mesh – Oxford Youth Arts International – Oxford’s newest arts festival and one of the first to be co-planned, run and hosted with, by and for young people.
International participants (from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Iraq, Thailand and Russia) and the general public took part in a facilitated discussion and gave feedback on the general view from different cultures and share ideas addressing these issues through creativity and the arts. The debate used an innovative model based on the United Nations General Assembly.
We were supported at the July Grand Debate by Nick Peter, International Education Officer, Oxfordshire County Council.
Creative Junction has created a free resource to support others in running a Model United Nations. www.modelunitednations.co.uk
In March 2013, Pegasus in partnership with Creative Junction hosted another ‘Inspired’ debate bringing together an invited panel of provocateurs. Sally Copley, Head of UK Campaigns Oxfam, Dr Elaine Chase from the Oxford Institute of Social Policy, novelist and writer of The Heap – H. P. Albarelli Jr, Sam George – Pegasus Youth Theatre Company and writer and film director Raoul Martinez.
The invited panel and our guests hotly debated key questions about social justice, creativity, arts, artists and performers.
The debate was followed by a double bill by the talented Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies. A Forgotten Instant a dance exploration of the child labourers who make the products we buy; and The Heap, by H.P. Albarelli Jr and Nicole M. Albarelli, especially adapted as a stage play for the Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies. They will performed at the International Youth Theatre Festival in France. The Heap is an engaging piece of physical theatre inspired by street children creating an egalitarian society on a rubbish heap and their lives before the heap, and has been developed in partnership with Oxfam and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy.
Pegasus is a key arts centre in South East England specialising in youth theatre, creating new performance work, supporting new and emerging artists and community groups.