home?land was an inspiring new script writing project for 13 – 19 year olds in North Dorset . It has been run as a project in two phases, the first phase has researched the possibility of setting up a permanent new theatre writing group in Dorset.

Scriptwriting workshops were run by nationally acclaimed playwright, Shaun McCarthy at youth centres and venues across North Dorset throughout June/July 2006. All young people from every ethnic origin in North Dorset were invited to take part in writing a script that was performed at Durweston Village Hall on 31 st July 2006. The new play was interpreted by performing arts students, selected from Bournemouth & Poole College.

Through the development of the home?land project, Activate has developed an active partnership group with representatives from Bournemouth University , Bournemouth & Poole College, Arts Institute Bournemouth, Weymouth College , Treads, Tobys, The Slade Centre, Artsreach, Dorset County Council, DepARTure, Wave, the engine, Umoja, EMAS and Dorset Traveller Education Support Service. The evaluation from this partnership and the young people will feed into the potential development of a permanent new writing for theatre group in Dorset.

home?land was co-ordinated by Activate and was funded by Aimhigher. Aimhigher is co-ordinated by PACE (Partnerships, Access and Community Education), a department at Bournemouth University . Aimhigher is a national programme whose role is to widen participation in Higher Education (HE) by raising the aspirations and developing the abilities of young people from groups that are under-represented in HE. home?land is also funded as part of a wider programme of activities supported by all the local authorities across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole (County and District).

the engine contributed funding towards the play reading. the engine are a group of young people (15-25) from the Bournemouth/Poole area who meet to create new writing for theatre. The group meet fortnightly on Tuesdays (7:00 – 9:00) @ Lighthouse, Poole ’s Centre for the Arts.

From the research and feedback from partners on the home?land project, Activate intends to evaluate phase one and look towards creating a new theatre writing group in Dorset.