Looking back on 2020
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As we are coming to the end of a difficult year for us and so many others, it is easy to reflect on all the problems, barriers and hard times we have encountered. However, Christmas is a time to lift our spirits and a new beginning is around the corner! So, we are going to reflect on all we have achieved this year.
- In March just before lockdown we were able to perform our National Theatre Connections play at the Bonington Theatre and this play ‘Wind/Rush Generation(s)' affected our thinking and learning as the Black Lives Matter movement grew over the year. Flying High responded with a promise to look at diversifying our company provision and education and are pleased to have made a good start.
- Again, in March just before lockdown, 21 company members took their Lamda exams and all passed with High Merits and Distinctions.
- In April we started some weekly quizzes and sessions on Zoom to keep people connected – technology that will be a really useful tool in the future. Groups included Young Company, Senior Youth Theatre and Phoenix Theatre Company (adult company).
- In May, we took part in the Nottstopping Festival organised by the Hockley Hustle team and it was such great fun! Phoenix Theatre Company were live on Zoom with hilarious improvisation sketches, our Edinburgh Festival Fringe Documentary with a Q&A was aired and we premiered our ‘Don’t Stop’ video which a number of you contributed to. You can see it again here.
- In June, we took part in the Upload Festival organised by Inspire Youth Arts. Again, Phoenix were live on Zoom, Young Company’s film of ‘The Wind/Rush Generation(s)’ was premiered, Tash Bird performed a set of her songs and we had a live Zoom discussion on what being involved in a company such as Flying High means to the community. We created a film for this which you can see again here.
- In July, we set up summer courses in partnership with Gedling Borough Council and Inspire Youth Arts in singer/songwriting, dance, improvisation for adults and young people, monologues/duologues for young people, musical theatre and devising a play for adults and young people. All were really successful and we had people join us from a number of staycation holiday locations!
- In September, our Young Company returned to the Bonington Theatre on Tuesday evenings which was COVID secure and we were so happy to be back! We continued on Zoom with two Monday Youth Theatre groups and an adult ‘Devising a Play’ group, a Tuesday adult monologue group, Wednesday and Thursday evening Lamda students and a Saturday morning dance group. All seemed to work really well despite the limitations of being on screen.
- In November, plans had been meticulously drawn up and scrutinised by the Flying High directors to return to Pond Hills Lane Community Centre when the second lockdown emerged. Luckily, we reverted to the Zoom sessions established from September with a view to returning at the end of lockdown.
- In December, we returned to face to face workshops with all our younger members and it was brilliant to be back and see the smiling faces on everyone. We had such fun and laughter and even though we only have less than half the number returning, we have less capacity due to the restricted numbers in the halls so it has all worked out really well.
Now we are back we intend to work much more in our community, bringing expressive arts workshops to those who would benefit from what we can offer as well as keeping our core of regular provision as it is now.
So...watch this space!