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HELEN BOVEY

Assistant Practitioner, COMPANY b Theatre & Theatre Junction

“I first engaged with the Barbican Theatre in September 2015 as a participant on the Arts Force programme.

I had recently moved back to Devon from London and this opportunity was invaluable to me, giving me the chance to produce my own events and learn some of the skills to enable me to become an Arts Leader. The skills that I have formed have been strengthened by the generosity of the knowledge passed on by the team at the Barbican Theatre and I’m really excited to be working as part of an organisation that strives to create opportunities for young people. In a vast industry, it’s really refreshing for an arts organisation to have a welcoming approach to young artists, generating opportunities outside of London.

I believe that Theatre is important because it enables us to see things from another perspective – I see it as a tool to influence positive change. I hope to inspire young people to create their own work and to not be afraid of creating theatre which challenges and questions.

I have been involved in Theatre in one way or another since my childhood. Between 2010-2013, I trained at East 15 Acting School as an Actress and Theatre-Maker on the BA World Performance Course. This unique training gave me a wide variety of skills which included workshop leading and devising theatre. Between 2013-2015, I worked as an Actress in London, all the while creating my own work. It was during this time period that I developed a love for devising work for children and co-founded Above Bounds Theatre Collective. Between 2012-2013, I was part of a team who created family shows for Vision Redbridge and I have since gone on to produce work for schools, councils and festivals – including Brixfest, 3Foot People, Village Green and the Southend Carnival. I particularly enjoy working with children as it is both challenging and rewarding, requiring me to think on my feet and push myself to create more visually stimulating work that holds their attention and ignites their imagination.

From London, I moved home to Devon in 2015 to focus on developing my theatre practice, both as a performer/producer and practitioner. I have since gone on to receive support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England to develop ‘The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales’, a new children’s theatre performance for those aged between 3-6 and their families, with project partnership from Worboys Productions and the Bike Shed Theatre.

I am really enjoy working with the Barbican Theatre as a practitioner and, as well as furthering my workshop leadership skills, I hope I can inspire young people in Devon to get involved in the Arts.”

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