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.
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. His performance 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 by and for young people developed through LLL Productions and involving schools in East Sussex. 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, allowing them to develop their skills variously in editing, performance and use of audio technology.
Mark also works on projects involving vulnerable adults. For The Lost Room - a project in Canterbury - 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 at The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. Interview is a methodology that Mark frequently employs for socially engaged participative projects.
Read Mark’s blogs from The Lost Room »
Rehearsals for Farming Stories at Riverhead Theatre, Louth, in Lincolnshire.