This Saturday, we are delighted to be hosting Spark; an artistic celebration of Waverley’s young people. Delivered by Farnham Maltings and Waverley Borough Council, Spark is an annual youth arts festival celebrating the creative achievements of young people from across the borough.

Each participating group is matched with an artist who fits their unique aims and aspirations and whom brings an exciting medium for the group to work with. Over a series of workshops, the group work with the artist to create a group artwork to be showcased at the celebration day.

The festival gives young people the opportunity to learn new skills, explore different art forms, perform together and celebrate their work by showcasing it to an audience of family, friends and peers in a professional theatre studio and gallery setting.

The festival provides opportunities for young people to engage with one another, to work with experienced and professional artists, broaden their horizons and introduce them to activities and potential career paths that they may not have otherwise discovered.

Haslemere Home Education group working with Joseph O’Farrell

The Haslemere Home Education group is made up of 14 home school students aged 11-16yrs. This is the third year the group have taken part in the festival. They have previously worked with a circus artist and film maker, this year they are working with performer Joseph O’Farrell on a short piece of theatre inspired by heroes from popular culture.

Step by Step working with Clicking Machine

A group of clients from the homeless support charity, Step by Step, based in Aldershot. This is their first time at the festival in which they’ve been working with film makers from London based company Clicking Machines to create a short documentary about the charity and the work they do with young people.

Hale Sure Start Centre working with Stuey B

This group is made up of six young women from Upper Hale who attend the centre’s Young Parents group. This is their first time taking part in the festival. The group are working with professional image maker Stuey B (one of our studio artists) learning the art of portraiture photography. A selection of the groups work will be exhibited as part of the festival’s celebration event.

Over the Top Youth Theatre working with Rose Perry

Over the Top is a satellite youth theatre group run by Farnham Maltings. The group meet at Broadwater Park every Monday and investigate and learn a range of dramatic and theatrical styles. Over the Top have taken part in every festival so far, this year working with theatrical makeup artist Rose Perry. As part of the event the group will be running a demonstration table sharing skills and techniques to make fake wounds, bullet holes and dramatic looking burns.

Wrecclesham Cub Scouts working with Snapdragon Arts

A cub scout group of 33 7-10yr old boys from Wrecclesham. Since January the group have been working with production company Snapdragon Arts to devise and film their very own zombie movie.

40 Degreez working with Sour Purr

This is a group of musicians from Farnham based youth centre 40 Degreez. All aged 16-19yrs the group includes those new to music as well as some more advanced ACM students. The group are working with Surrey based band, Sour Purr to develop their skills and performance techniques. The group will be performing a short set as part of the showcase at the celebration event.

Additional performances from:

Junior Maltings and The Young Company

Junior Maltings and The Young Company are two youth theatre groups run by Farnham Maltings. The groups meet on Wednesday’s and are led by youth theatre director, Steven Bell. Both groups have been created a series of devised plays inspired by old cautionary tales used to keep children from misbehaving. Cautionary Tales for Modern Children explores what happens if you jump on your bed, why you should go to bed on time and why should always remember to turn your hair straighteners off!

The Dance Movement

The Dance Movement are a resident company of Farnham Maltings. The company will be bringing two dance pieces, one by children at Potters Gate Primary School and one from their Senior Hip Hop group that meet at the Maltings on a Tuesday night.

Cranleigh Arts Centre

A youth theatre group for young people based in Cranleigh.  Speechless, a devised piece of drama, is the group’s first performance.

SG Troop

Stopgap are a resident company of Farnham Maltings. SG Troop, one of their three youth companies, meet in Farnham every Thursday. As part of the festival SG Troop will be performing their dance piece Book of Me.

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