Community Mind Map and Play

A group of young actors stand in a circle being directed by the drama leader.
Drama Leader, Kerry Boorman directs young actors in the community play

“Just to say the CDs have arrived and they are beautiful! Thank you so much – another fantastic job!”Kim Chester, Development Manager, The Waterways Trust

Client:Waterways Trust

Task:Ice House was invited to work with historian Malcolm Nixon to research and write a community CD Rom and develop a Community Play about the Droitiwich Canals.

What we did:Using interviews and photographs collected, we compiled a CD Rom. The team went on to work with drama specialists and create a Community Play, performed by several local schools at the Norbury Theatre in Droitwich.

How it worked:Working with a small team of volunteers, we conducted over 45 recorded interviews about people’s memories of the canals and built up a picture of the waterways in living memory. Having developed the CD Rom, we went on to trial a short-version of the Community Play, which led to the involvement of five school groups and local volunteers in a performance as part of the Droitwich Arts Festival. Working with so many different groups was great fun and our Drama Leader Kerry Boorman of Red Banana Drama did a fantastic job of pulling the improvised play together. A Fact File detailing the process and including a film will soon be available here.