Boundless Theatre announces the launch of the Boundless Ideas Space, an immersive, three-day cultural pop-up between 24-26 June 2021 in Holborn, London. The hybrid programme of intimate in-person and digital events curated by the Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, Rob Drummer showcases a veritable celebration of creativity bound by performance, workshops, talks, music, art, and drop-in career guidance by industry authorities. The Boundless Ideas Space is a platform for young voices to produce culture for positive social change.
Inspired by the themes raised in three upcoming theatrical productions, the three-day programme addresses the urgent issues of the climate emergency, gender identity and mental health. The Boundless Ideas Space is an open invitation to young people to immerse themselves in the imaginative universe of a burgeoning 21st-century theatre company and activism today while being a safe space for discovery, experimentation, and idea generation.
As a commitment to nurturing early-career talents, Boundless Theatre has developed a fund package of £1000 and a one-year mentorship programme. Two additional runners-up will receive a six-month mentorship. The fund package will be awarded on the 24th June 2021 to three entrants of I See You Looking At Me, an open call to young women to share their personal stories about growing up today in a short, creative film. Submissions to the initiative can be made on Instagram by tagging @boundlessabound and using the hashtag #iseeyoulookingatme. Participants will be streamed into the Boundless Ideas Space to form an intimate record of the highs and lows of being a young woman today.
Rob Drummer, Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, comments:
“Theatre is nothing without people, the freelancers, the early-career artists, the creative community and our audiences who make what we do matter. The Boundless Ideas Space is a welcoming, safe space for discovery. A way for us to bring our community together and share what we’re working on. Over these three days, in this unique space, we want to show what a theatre company looks like, the diversity of thought, of artistic expression and connect with as many young adults as possible who are looking to discover, experiment and be creative. All of this work wouldn’t be possible without the mind-blowing brilliance of Charlie Josephine, Dawn King and Nessah Muthy, theatre artists of the highest calibre whose extraordinary shows all in development right now form the backbone of this programme. As theatre recovers and our cultural industries emerge from a devastating year, we want to play our small part in putting some positivity out there and hope you might drop by and join us.”
The Boundless Ideas Space is made possible thanks to the Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund. The Boundless Ideas Space kicks off ambitious plans to engage with young people in new ways around culture across the UK in a series of projects and spaces.
The diverse programme is centred around uplifting, creative activism drawing on the themes brought up in three upcoming Boundless productions, inviting audiences to peek behind the curtain into the development stages for the first time of
- Flies by Charlie Josephine
- How To Save The Planet When You’re A Young Carer And Broke by Nessah Muthy
- Addictive Beat by Dawn King
Throughout The Event:
Action Now: Creative Resolutions on The Climate Emergency
How To Save The Planet? Boundless Theatre has invited an interdisciplinary group of London creatives and thinkers to share their ideas in a creative medium. The exhibition features original artworks by musician and NTS radio host Delilah Holliday, emerging artists Jack Laver & Rosa Burgess, seminal DJ Princess Julia, designer David Koma and photographer David Richardson. Together the pieces form a creative manifesto and an open dialogue on the climate emergency between generation and gender, artist and audience. Ten limited edition fine art prints of each artwork will be available to purchase for £50 on-site with proceeds going towards future activist workshops in partnership with Friends of The Earth.
Daily opportunities to get the answers to those questions you’ve just never known who to ask and drop-in career advice on how to break into the industry in Ask Me Anything or play the Tower Block Challenge with 54 conversation starters with theatre industry gatekeepers.
Thursday 24th June 2021 focuses on gender identity and growing up under the male gaze driven by award-winning actor and writer Charlie Josephine.
Arts Industry Utopia
Inspiring live arts producer & occasional drag king Beth Sitek & Community Arts Practitioner Zorazelda King launch the activities with a hands on creative workshop for early career artists and practitioners building a re-imagined industry.
Tell Your Story
Charlie Josephine hosts an intimate creative writing workshop guiding attendees through the skills and techniques to explore their personal stories through artistic expression.
I See You Looking At Me
Boundless Theatre has invited young women to share their personal stories about growing up in the 21st Century to form an intimate record of the highs and lows of being a young woman today. Participants will be streamed into the Boundless Ideas Space throughout the day and on the @boundlessabound social accounts.
Friday 25th June 2021 invites visitors to engage with the climate emergency in new and imaginative ways hosted by award-winning writer Nessah Muthy and award-winning theatre director Stef O’Driscoll.
How To Save The World Now
Where does working-class identity and climate change activism intersect? In this creative workshop, Nessah Muthy and Stef O’Driscoll tackle this question and invite guests to develop creative manifestos on how to save the world in five minutes.
My World, My Home
A community workshop supporting tomorrow’s activists, this workshop aims to engage and inspire 15-25-year-olds to make positive change happen in their communities and create a safe space for young people to share their concerns for the environment in association with Friends of the Earth and SOS-UK.
Song for Social Change
Protest songs are integral to social change and in collaboration with attendees, musician explores what it is to create a protest song for today? The workshop will accumulate in a unique mantra for social change, for visitors to take out onto the streets.
Saturday 26th June 2021 The final day of activities is dedicated to music and the launch of Boundless Theatre’s first EP, Alive, the title track for Addictive Beat written by Dawn King.
Boundless Theatre Artistic Director Rob Drummer discusses the crossover of music and theatre with award-winning writer Dawn King and music producer Dre Hall.
To close the Boundless Ideas Space, Anikdote invites his closest friends and collaborators to an afternoon of high-energy celebration and sonic exploration featuring sets by upcoming London DJs.
The full Boundless Ideas Space line-up and times will be released shortly on: boundlesstheatre.org.uk/boundlessideasspace
Boundless Ideas Space will open 9.30am – 6pm daily between 24-26th June 2021 at
62 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR
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About Boundless | boundlesstheatre.org.uk
Boundless Theatre supports a community of young adults to be creative. All of their work is exhilarating, shareable and promotes meaningful social experiences around culture. Boundless is in dialogue with a vibrant and diverse youth culture and believe by investing in and being inspired by early career artists they can promote conversation with a global community of 15-25 year olds. Under the Artistic Direction of Rob Drummer since 2016, the company makes work across the UK and further afield as well as pioneering new ways to connect teenagers to theatre.
About How To Save The Planet When You’re A Young Carer And Broke
Written by Nessah Muthy & Directed by Stef O’Driscoll | Opens in November 2021
Lavisha Smith is a mixed race, working class fourteen-year-old from the Roundshaw estate, Greater London. Lavisha was raised by her white mother, Faith, (who she absolutely adores) and who has recently been forced back to work despite her disabilities.
Lavisha is super smart and her intelligence has landed her in a top local grammar school, but she’s struggling and lonely. Side-lined by her old mates and constantly clashing with more middle class, climate protesting obsessed peers at her new school. It’s not that she doesn’t get climate change…of course she gets it…and it terrifies her, but for Lavisha there are more immediate issues…like making sure Mum doesn’t faint again because her iron levels are so low.
Lavisha is a funny, kind and talented girl and this is her first encounter of real class struggle and existentialism. She also just finds Greta Thunberg kind of hot when she’s angry… in all seriousness though: the planets imploding, but so are so many parts of Lavisha’s own life – can you really be working class and save the planet?
Boundless Theatre will produce How To Save The Planet When You’re A Young Carer And Broke this November in a variety of spaces across London.
About Addictive Beat
Written by Dawn King & Directed by Rob Drummer | Opens in Summer 2022
Alex and Robbi are great friends who want to be great musicians. Alex, a DJ and producer, wants to make people feel good with his beats. Robbi, a singer songwriter, wants to change the world with her lyrics. For years they’ve shared inspiration, support and beer. Their strong platonic love has always come with a side order of friendly teasing and competitive jealousy. It’s not easy to confess that the life that should be brilliant, isn’t, especially when it seems your friend is on the brink of success.
As Alex spirals, obsessing over the perfect track, he stumbles on something dangerous, something that will make his career but could just break him in the process. These two friends, need each other but have either got the strength to survive?
Boundless Theatre will open Addictive Beat in Summer 2022, Addictive Beat will be an immersive celebration of music, friendship and creative struggle with original music by Anikdote.
Written by Charlie Josephine & Directed by Elayce Ismail | Opens in Autumn 2022
FLIES is about girls being looked at by boys. It’s about hitting puberty and being smacked by the male gaze. The power and the shame, the pleasure and the fear that flies around your body when you’re constantly being looked at.
FLIES started as a takedown of Lord of the Flies, it ends on a stage filled with young women.
Boundless Theatre will be co-producing FLIES with Shoreditch Town Hall in 2022. The production will feature a cast of teenage performers from the BRIT school.