27 Romany and non-Romany participants took part in the project which was a mix of grouptraining sessions and tutorials on creative writing, devising, performance, sight-reading and poster & programme design.
Some of the work created by the participants formed the substance of two rehearsed readings, a theatre work in progress and a BBC radio drama. This accredited learning course was led by tutors from the BBC, Royal Court Theatre, the Gate Theatre and Custardfish design.
The first reading took place at the Mercury Studio, Colchester, and the second at the Wolsey Studio, Ipswich. These public performances were a mixture of original Gypsy poetry, drama scenes and a short story. The radio drama was based on one of the original poems about an older Gypsy woman’s experience in the Second World War. This story was later developed through workshops held at the Royal Court Theatre, before taken into rehearsals at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Then the 45 minute theatre work in progress was performed at the Hat Factory Arts Centre in Luton to 50 members of the public and invited industry professionals.