The aim of Taking Part is to provide children, young people and adults of West Cumbria with a series of high quality creative opportunities to develop their expressive lives through engagement with the arts, in particular music and the theatrical arts. This programme sits within Rosehill’s mission statement:
Rosehill’s mission and purpose is to provide high quality performing arts and entertainment in intimate and unusual settings, building on its exceptional founding vision and influences by:
- producing a series of high quality performances, events and activities
- working with young people and those in the various surrounding communities developing new and experimental approaches, increasing awareness and involvement in cultural activity and the performing arts
- appealing to and developing a broad and diverse audience, encouraging inclusivity
- being a destination venue generating attendance both from within the community and further afield
- developing awareness and knowledge of its remarkable history, partners and programming
Rosehill is a local theatre aiming to be of national note and prominence.Taking Part introduces children and young people to the arts, to inspire them to learn more, to enhance their experience through opportunities for critical analysis and participation and encourage them to create their own art. We will achieve this by bringing regional and national organisations to work with local artists to extend and develop the skills and arts infrastructure locally whilst bringing exciting and innovating work to the communities of West Cumbria, an area that is highlighted as having low engagement in the arts by Arts Council England.
Our Programme for 2014/15 includes;
- Transitions a play wright project inspired by Scene and Heard which will provide a structured programme of activity enabling children to explore their own creativity and expressions in a supportive environment.
- Messel Make and Do! Theatre, film and craft activities for families delivered during school holidays and based on a highly successful model developed by the Friends of Rosehill.
- Family Arts Festival We co-ordinate the Cumbria Family Arts Network working with local venues in Cumbria (Arts Out West, Prism Arts, Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Kirkgate Arts, Florence Mine and Theatre by the Lake, Rheged, Kendal Brewery Arts Centre, Cumbria Music Service) to jointly develop the programme and market activities to encourage more families to engage with the arts.
- Brundibár by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása, was written in 1938 and originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp. The origins of the piece are powerfully compelling. The story in itself is moving and funny, set to a folk-inspired score. The 30-minute long opera will be performed by a professional baritone, a children's chorus and a chamber orchestra, recruited from a partnership with schools in Maryport. We are working in partnership with Mahogany Opera Group and National Youth Choirs of Great Britain to develop this project.
- BBC Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to children and Rosehill is delighted to be a Champion of the BBC Ten Pieces project. We are planning a programme a series of concerts, workshops and events which will enable schools and communities to participate in this project and respond creatively to the Ten Pieces repertoire during the next academic school year.