Inside Out Associate Program at Hengistbury Head, 2016

Miraculous Theatre at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange

Outreach Programme Inside Out Dorset 2016

‘Hengistbury Headlines’

‘Hengistbury Headlines’ was a four day event that formed part of Inside Out Dorset’s 2016 festival that took place from 16th - 25th September, produced by Activate Performing arts.

8 artists/companies were specially commissioned to create performances and installations deeply rooted in the landscape and heritage of Hengisbury Head. The commissioned artists were also were also asked to respond to the theme of climate change, a topic we felt integral to the future of the Hengistbury landscape and of general global significance.

159 school children from locally based primary  schools: Bethany, Heathlands, St Luke's and St Katharine's, visited Hengistbury Head to see the commissioned work which took the form of performances, an interactive trail and installations. They then took part in follow-up work back in their schools, allowing them to explore heritage and climate change with some of the commissioned artists: Sweetshop Revolution, Pebble Gorge, Gobbledegook Theatre and Miraculous Theatre.

Enjoy the video here:Inside Out Dorset Festival 2016, Associate Programme, Hengistbury Headlines from ActivatePerformingArts on Vimeo.

Sweetshop Revolution’s Artistic Director and dance choreographer, Sally Marie, worked outside with three Yr 5 classes at Bethany School to explore the natural world through movement and dance – which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Pebble Gorge artists Jane McGibbon and Emily Coleman helped the Yr 5 and 6 pupils of Heathlands school make their own exciting treasure trail as secret agents, around the heritage of their school and responding to the theme of climate change.

The two classes of Yr 5 pupils at St Luke’s school worked with Heidi Stellar from Gobbledegook Theatre to paint their own beautiful cloud identifiers to take home and they produced the gorgeous artwork that forms part of a touring exhibition which started at Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and transferred to Kingfisher Barn, Stour Valley Nature Reserve in November.

Barnaby Gibbons aka Professor Edward Green worked with two classes of Yr 5 at St Katharine’s school in teaching pupils through drama how to become ‘plant whisperers’- great fun and educational too!

  • Miraculous Theatre schools w/shop inspired by Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Miraculous Theatre at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Clousgazing w/shop in schools by Heidi Stellar, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Pebble Gorge at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Schools workshop by Miraculous Theatre inspired by Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Flick Ferdinando's Hides at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Pebble Gorge schools w/shop inspired by Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Sweetshop Revolution at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • at Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange
  • Sweetshop Revolution schools w/shop inspired by  Hengistbury, photo Mike Petitdemange

School children had visits from heritage experts from Hengistbury Head and Dorset History Centre who visited the classrooms and introduced students to the archaeology, the wildlife and the history of the Hengistbury area using archive material and historical maps relating to the site, all of which enhanced their knowledge of the story and importance of this special site.

All photographs, Mike Petitdemange

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Barnaby Gibbons from Miraculous Theatre: photo Mike Petitdemange

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Heidi Stellar from Gobbledegook with a Cloudscapes w/shop, photo Mike Petitdemange

This outreach Programme has been made possible by funding from HLF and The Cultural Hub.

With thanks to Stuart Clarke at Bournemouth Borough Council, the teachers and pupils at the schools, all the artists and heritage experts, and Mike Petitdemange for filming and photography.

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