workshops / participation
for adults and young people
Over recent years, Mark C. Hewitt has developed a number of projects that have involved or been centred around participation, involving either young people or adults.
For a recent project in Canterbury, The Lost Room, Mark led creative writing sessions for homeless people at hostels run by homelessness charity, Porchlight. He also conducted a series of interviews with Porchlight service users that became the source material for his contribution to an installation. Interview has become a methodology that Mark frequently employs for participation projects.
Through LLL Productions, working in partnership with New Writing South, Mark has developed courses for writers interested in finding new ways to present their work for audiences. The course - variously entitled ‘Experiments with Live Literature’ and ‘Making Innovative Live Literature’ - takes a multimedia approach to developing text for performance, encouraging collaboration across artforms and a sense of expanded possibility.
His work with young people has similarly focused on ‘making’ and experimentation, recent projects including Farming Stories (in Louth, Lincolnshire, as part of Wolds Words festival) and Free Speech, a festival of live literature production by and for young people, developed through LLL Productions and involving schools in East Sussex.
Mark often puts together a creative team to deliver a participative project. For Lewes District Council’s Soundwaves festival in 2010, teenagers worked with Mark alongside writer Catherine Smith and sound designer John Avery to make recorded versions of their writings for broadcast on local radio, exploring editing, performance and use of audio technology.
Rehearsals for Farming Stories at Riverhead Theatre, Louth, in Lincolnshire.