‘Happiness’ is a project about young people’s mental health and resilience.
It’s also a theatre show, co-created by young people and a professional team of theatre and film makers.
It starts with a simple question: ‘What does happiness mean to you?’
St Roch’s workshops
Research and Development for this project was carried out with a group of 20 deaf and hearing young people at St Roch’s Secondary School in Glasgow, during January-March 2019, through a series of weekly workshops, led by Solar Bear’s Creative Director and deaf facilitators Brooklyn Melvin and Craig McCulloch. These workshops have helped to shape the process and content of the project.
This collaborative way of working is vital to us. We see our work with young people as a creative exchange, taking us in surprising and unexpected directions.
St Roch's photos
Our professional team will create a framework for the show – a series of scenes, stories, songs and videos. They will design a set of questions and provocations. We will then take this material to four secondary schools across Scotland, and to the Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling. We will spend a week’s residency in each; gathering new ideas and material with young people, and staging a unique, re-imagined version of ‘Happiness’ at the end of every week.
In other words, the framework of the show remains the same; but the rest of the content will be created from scratch in every place we visit. The show will feature a mix of live performance (with professional actors performing alongside young people) and video.
Watch this space later in the year as we begin to share the work.