Hear Me Now, part of CAN’s 3-year Manchester youth arts programme, successfully created ground-breaking and original performance work that set a standard for high quality productions with young people new to the arts.
CAN worked with high-end professional artists to make this a positive experience where young people had access to return to reach their full potential.
Young people created Our Choice, Their Chance an interactive performance that invited the audience into a ‘gallery of decisions’ where the young performers ‘improvised, rapped, body-popped through a tombola of outcomes; a random raffle of live performance and digital wizardry’.
This led to four performances of the final production on 30 & 31 May 2014 at STUN based at Z-Arts in Hulme, Manchester.
‘It was better than Shakespeare’ – Audience member
A cross-section of participant feedback:
‘I felt ownership over the project because we made the show all together’
‘We had control’
‘I had loads of ideas what was put in the show’
‘I felt empowered by performing my written work in front of an audience and people listening to it’
‘My confidence has been increased by the fact that I showed my talent in front of people and also performing my new talent in front of people’