Yola Sornsakrin, a social work student from Berlin, Germany, spent six months working with Starcatchers across our community engagement and professional development projects. During my six months internship with Starcatchers I had the chance to observe and support many projects, including the Community Engagement projects Creative Kin and Expecting Something and their professional development programmes… Read more »
Time to share some of the good stuff we have been up to at Expecting Something Wester Hailes, which could also inspire activities at home. We all need a bit more genuine fun in our lives I reckon – and at Expecting Something we are constantly striving to find things which automatically inspire genuine fun… Read more »
This is my last block of Creative Kin. Creative Kin Moray began back in November 2017. Since then we’ve done 15 2-hour sessions – that’s a total of 30 hours with 12 diverse families and 7 additional artists from an array of disciplines. The project has achieved so much in this time –… Read more »
As a filmmaker, I’m used to working on diverse projects. From commercial video, to more conceptual moving image work, every project is unique. When you arrive at a location with your camera, your brain is throwing out tens of questions a second… What story am I telling? How can I tell that story visually? What’s… Read more »
Working as an artist with kinship carers and their children over several months in Ayrshire, I’ve been privileged to get to know families whose personal stories all involve great bravery, resilience and love. Through family den-building, performing in wild punk bands, creating home-made instruments and so many other creative activities we have found new… Read more »
I’ve been reflecting on the time that I’ve had with Expecting Something over the past year and a half, since I returned to the project after having my own baby. I recently left the project to have another baby and I’ve handed the project over to the amazing Kim Donohoe. I have been… Read more »
The musicality of infants and very young children is remarkable and this is why music, particularly live music, is such a strong feature in early years theatre. For composer Greg Sinclair, how babies and young children experience and respond to sound was the inspiration for MamaBabaMe’s beautiful soundtrack. Sensitivity to music appears very early on,… Read more »
Every set designer endeavours to help tell a story, create atmosphere and arouse emotion, but when audience members are very young – sometimes just a few weeks old – there’s a lot of other important things to take into account! In designing the set for MamaBabaMe, a show created for babies and young children… Read more »
Heather Fulton is lead artist for Creative Kin in Moray. In this blog Heather explores how the significance of the project has developed over the course of several months.
Associate Artist and theatermaker Kim Donohoe (recent work for Starcatchers includes Sprog Rock) recently returned from a residency visit to France as part of the Artists, Art and early childhood project. This is an artist development opportunity taking place over two years and supported by arts organisations including Starcatchers in Scotland, Compangie ACTA in France and Festival 2Turvenhoog in the Netherlands.