In March 2020 as the world ground to a halt, the Our Space programme transitioned, like so many, to an online existence, as they sought to stay connected and creative in lockdown.
They experimented with many kinds of games and exercises along the way, but what began to burn most brightly in the sessions was the weekly free-writing where they witnessed each other’s highs and lows and throughout the year, they wrote it all down.
Lost and Found is a small selection of what turned up on the page – raw and, for the most part, unedited. Proud of what was collectively achieved, Lost and Found is a fitting tribute to the journey through 2020 with an extraordinary group of people.
Sara Rhodes, Engagement Manager at Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “In an extraordinary year, where so many felt isolated and disconnected, Our Space provided a digital space for members to meet, share their highs and lows of lockdown and have a creative outlet, which mainly came in the form of free-writing. Lost and Found is a beautiful tribute to the incredible talent and creativity of this amazing group of people. We are really proud of this collection, and hope that people will join us to find out more about our process at our zoom event on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm.”
You can join members of Our Space on Zoom on Wednesday 13 January at 7pm to hear and learn about how creativity supports mental health and how lived experience, lockdown and isolation informed the process which lead to the creation of Lost and Found. The event, Words from Our Space, will last approx. 1 hour and is recommended for ages 15+. You can book your place for free here.
Our Space is a creative programme that works with adults with multiple and complex needs. Members come from all walks of life and may have faced challenges involving homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, reoffending or they may feel isolated for other reasons.