Play Torbay to Bring Dartington Quest to Ordinary/Extraordinary Arts Festival

Jun 27, 2019

Play Torbay (part of the Branchline Partnership) will bring the Dartington Quest to Ordinary/Extraordinary Arts Festival in October 2019 to support learning disabled young people with an interest in the arts enable the creation of a wholly inclusive event.

Building on the success of last year’s Poison Quest, in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire, a group of final year performing arts/drama students and the Senior Drama lecturer will be supported and mentored to research the history of Dartington, the Elmhirsts’ experiments and amazing creativity pushing the boundaries of the arts and sustainability. The students will come to Dartington to work with 30 young people (the majority learning disabled) to devise the Dartington QUEST in a week over the October half term.

Last year too, as a pilot to this development, young people living in Ashburton supported by Quest Builders from Torbay uncovered the stories of Ashburton and devised and performed Questingle. Working with the Two Moors Festival and RIO we were able bring different elements of creativity together capturing the imagination of young people involving them in their local heritage and the classical musical opportunities on their doorstep. A huge success with a final breath-taking promenade performance in the beautiful St Lawrence Chapel in collaboration with 70 members of the South Devon Rock Choir and their leader Richard Toomer.

Dartington QUEST will also:

  • Raise awareness of local school children from Totnes, Dartington, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh of the Dartington heritage on their doorstep
  • Encourage young people to find out about memories of Dartington, the Elmhirsts and their family history
  • Involve local people in producing artefacts and memories of Dartington from 1925 for a public exhibition
  • Involve and connect 30 young people with their local heritage providing opportunities to:
  • work alongside historians, visual artists, musicians, drama and dance performers
  • Devise a Quest in a Week (October half term) and take part in promenade performances reimagining cultural spaces PERFORMANCE DATE: FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER – please save the date.
  • Achieve an Arts Award
  • Attract new audiences to Dartington (100) who will themselves create a ‘piece of art’ inspired by the young people, the stories, the heritage and the space.

To find out more, contact Play Torbay on or 01803 850157.

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