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 female-identifying young creatives to share their personal stories about growing up today in a short, creative film or image. 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 growing up in the UK 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
Boundless Theatre has invited a multidisciplinary group of London creatives and thinkers to share their ideas How To Save The Planet? 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, proceeds will go 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
Inspirational live arts producer & occasional drag king Beth Sitek & community arts practitioner Zorazelda King launch the festivities with a hands-on creative workshop for early-career artists and practitioners building a reimagined 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 female-identifying young creatives to share their personal stories about growing up in the 21st Century to form an intimate record of the highs and lows of growing up 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
My World, My Home is 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, Boundless Theatre will explore 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 of 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 Andre Hall (ANIKDOTE).
To close the Boundless Ideas Space, ANIKDOTE has invited his closest friends and collaborators for 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 9.30 am - 6 pm daily between 24-26th June 2021 at 62 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AR.