2018: Our Year in Review
As we come to the end of another year (no, we don’t know how it went so fast either!), we took some time out to look back on what we did in 2018 and then write about it! So here we are writing about all the great things we did, a little narcissistic perhaps but we’re just going with it, so all you lovelies can read about it! Go on, have a gander…
The Island Tour Oct-Nov 2018
We did it! Fio's fully accessible production of The Island went up to Powys Dance, Llandrindod Wells, down to Pill Mill, Newport, across to Ffwrnes,Llanelli, back to Chapter, Cardiff, up the M6 to The Lowry, Salford back down to Blackwood Miners’ Institute, Blackwood and finally to University of South Wales, Carmarthen and Oasis,Cardiff to showcase 'The Island' and what a show it was!
Fio's Island also went to HMP Usk and HMP Cardiff Prison and performed workshops for a collective total of 130 prisoners!
3 curtain raisers created and presented by local young people- with Caerphilly Youth Theatre, Young Identity and Fio's own Youth group.
6 venues, 2 prisons, 2 community spaces and 700+ audiences and participants!
We had some great audience feedback from this tour; it was all pretty insightful.
We had some great responses!
It was a great way for us to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary during Black History Month!
Behind the Scenes..
Creating the change we want to see, Fio beat a personal target of having at least 50% of its team from a diverse background: 54% of The Island team (including partners) came from BAME backgrounds! This is sadly a rarity in the arts. So yeah, we’re pretty proud and stuff.
Massive congrats to our Artistic Director, Abdul Shayek, who was appointed as a member of the Arts and Creative Economy Group at the British Council!
What did we do in 2018?
We launched Declaration, a new artist development programme open to artists from across the UK. Our 27 successful applicants underwent a week of masterclasses delivered by leading industry professionals. 15 went on to create and present 3 new pieces in The Sherman studio and 2 receiving opportunities with the BBC Writers’ Room Wales!
We continued our research and development work on The Orchard of Lost Souls at The Sherman Theatre, working with 5 female performers, 4 of which were of Somali heritage and had never worked professionally and 1 of Kenyan heritage.
We began work on the second part of our International project Resonate, whereby we collaborated with 2 Indian artists and 3 UK based artists on the theme of Displacement. This project culminated in 2 performances at the Green Man Festival 2018.
We also delivered Fio’s Summer School, a two-week drama school based in Splott that culminated in a response piece to ‘The Island’ @ Chapter Arts Centre.
We delivered citizenship training workshops at the University of Kingston.
We recruited four new board members at Fio!
Abdul receives a special mention at the Achates Awards Evening in London.
The Island started touring!
Fio moved offices from The Maltings to The Old Library, Singleton Road in Splott.
Fio had a great time writing this blog for you great people out there.