Poetry and Performance Workshops
Brainfruit delivers spoken word workshops at Brighton’s Museum and Art Gallery and Dome. Facilitation is on hand to draw out the best from the participants and to create an atmosphere which is stimulating, fun and creative. The sessions are free. We will continue to deliver community workshops to hard to reach groups and traditionally excluded groups in the Brighton and Hove area and beyond.
‘Students were able to access the materials in different ways and the sessions were well planned and resourced… thanks for coming to work with us…’ Deputy Head – Downs View School.
“I’m completely new to this. I’m very pleased with the amount I learnt today. From knowing nothing to understanding the beginnings of this art – I can continue with confidence on my own or with others”
“Very enjoyable and informative. Excellent facilitator.”
“Warm and encouraging teaching style Informative and relaxed environment professional but friendly and reassuring Brilliant!”
“There should be more of these workshops – supportive environment encourages learning, builds confidence”
Brainfruit has given a voice to people in traditionally marginalised groups and allowed them to find their inner artist. Their projects have reached a wide audience and focused on using young facilitators between the ages of 18-30.
Poetry in Performance
A two-year project in conjunction with Brighton Dome involved the facilitation of workshops that helped and encouraged older people to find their voice. These workshops aimed to give expression to the creativity to older and retired people. The collated feedback from both of these projects was exemplary, some of the people involved have since published books and poems.
The Big Song
Developed from one of Brainfruit’s original productions, Fiery Tongues, The Big Song became a large scale show that involved a number of groups of people. Brainfruit worked with over 140 people, giving them opportunities to perform as well as express and explore themselves in music.
The iOpen Youth Project
In 2012 Brainfruit started the ‘iOpen Youth Project’ which aimed to increase the self-esteem of young people aged 14-19 in the Brighton and Hove area – in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our session leaders delivered spoken word workshops to a number of schools within the area. The key objectives of this project were to, be constructive and engaging. Seek to foster an appreciation of performance poetry and prose in its many different forms, from rap, to free verse, through to haiku. Encourage participation and Inspire young people to get involved. The session leaders are supported by Brainfruit’s artistic director and our Project Administrator, in association with Rebecca Fidler, Learning Access and Participation Manager at the Brighton Dome and Festival, and Pippa Smith, Head of Learning Access and Participation, Brighton Dome and Festival. Each session leader has attended a Brainfruit: train-the-trainer spoken word workshop and has an Enhanced Certificate (CRB) The project is funded by John Paul Getty JNR Charitable Trust.
iOpen Youth: Downs View School – for pupils aged 4 to 19 years, who have severe learning difficulties. Some pupils have additional disabilities such as autism, hearing and/or visual impairment, physical disabilities and challenging behaviour.
iOpen Youth: The Crew Club – Whitehawk (bi-weekly night for 12-19 year olds) – involving young people with rhyming structures and exploring rap/poetry/grime artist crossovers.
iOpen Youth: Brighton Youth Centre (The Bandbazi Youth Group) – working with refugee communities to build on existing performance skills from drama and applying these to spoken word performances.
iOpen Youth: Longhill School – developing a programme of 6-7 workshops, working, provisionally, to the theme of ‘Telling my Story’ with the potential to build towards a showcase performance event.