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  1. A Drop in the Ocean New Theatre Works in Sri Lanka

  2. In January 2009 the New Theatre Works team travelled to Trincomalee, a once prosperous tourist destination

  3. with a thriving fishing industry

  4. now a Tsunami-damaged coastal sprawl

  5. with an all pervasive military presence. *note military boats in the water

  6. Endless checkpoints Photographs were not permitted

  7. In 2009 in partnership with funforlife, NTW assembled a team for its third project in Sri Lanka. Our aim is to bring creative fun into the lives of young people who are affected by crises, whatever their ethnicity or religion.

  8. The Team Kate E. Deeming, Glasgow based/USA born performing artist Owen Hutchins, arts worker in Liverpool Petia Tzanova, Bulgarian drama worker brought up in Sri Lanka Zoilo Lobero-Paya, Spanish puppeteer

  9. Janine Sharp, workshop director Dr. Ellie Parker, producer and founder of New Theatre Works Both Hereford based.

  10. Our local support From the Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) Darshi Puvirajasingham (translator), a HinduTamil Latish Las (translator), a Roman Catholic Tamil fluent in Tamil, Sinhala and English (on right) Thevy Arunasalam (coordinator) Hindu Tamil Jeeva Mary, Mary-Joseph, (teacher) from Primary English Language Project (PELP), Christian Tamil

  11. Our first task was to find a workshop space…

  12. We finally established a working relationship with Sarvodaya, a well regarded Sri Lankan NGO.

  13. We had several meetings to organize all aspects of the project including working space, participants, transport, audience, translators…

  14. Initial introduction to our working space – a small conference room.

  15. During the first few days we devised the young people’s workshops which would lead to public showings.

  16. Our work needed to be primarily physical in order to overcome the challenges of three languages and a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

  17. Day One.

  18. Day 2&3 Theatre Games

  19. Making paper puppets Bollywood Dancing

  20. We needed more space for the growing number of enthusiastic participants….

  21. Day 4. Waiting. Young people are two hours late having been stopped at nine security checkpoints.

  22. Dress Rehearsal

  23. Performance Day Umbrella Dance Soundscape-Monsoon Comic Improvisation-”Stealing Rice”

  24. Cast and Team (and their families) after first show

  25. The group worked with over 100 children directly, trained a dozen Sri Lankan teachers in new drama methods and gave public showings of the young people’s work to over 300 family and friends. A Drop in the Ocean indeed, but a powerful drop towards what we can only hope will be a sea of change…

  26. A special thanks to all those who contributed to the success of A Drop in the Ocean 2009. For more information +44 (0) 1981 550 245 Donations towards our next project can be directed to funforlife Registered charity number 1121143 Images property of Kate E.