“Stunning and inspirational …….There is a magic to the production that can only become stronger. I eagerly await seeing the finalised production from this very fine, sensitive and well tuned ensemble. Rosalind Brookes, Camille Giraudeau, Charlotte Griffiths, Alexandra Pholien, Emily Pottage, Nia Roberts and Manon Wilkinson, all flawlessly enmesh with their ingenious creative team - Judith Roberts-director and writer, Lee Johnston-choreographer and Gwyneth Glyn.”
According to NICE guidelines, children and young people placed in residential care are some of the most vulnerable and traumatised individuals in the 'looked after' population. The majority of children who become 'looked after' are taken into care because of abuse, neglect or family dysfunction. Entry into care is usually a traumatic experience which brings with it a significant sense of loss that can be insufficiently recognised, and frequent placement changes can severely lessen the sense of identity and self-esteem of a child or young person.
Speaking in response to the Macquarie Youth Index 2015, David Fass, CEO of the Macquarie Group stated
"there are a significant number of young people in our communities who live their lives feeling anxious, unsafe and unhappy....
These worries can have a detrimental effect on their long term prospects of leading happy and productive lives.
For young people who are struggling, these results won't seem surprising; they are their reality. But for the rest of us, they should be a wake-up call...."
Teilchion / Fragments has been informed and inspired by four teenage girls who are currently living in the care of the local authority.
It's been developed by Judith Roberts and Gwyneth Glyn - two of the creative leads who created TRIPTYCH
"powerfully gut wrenching, at times shocking and always painfully sincere, raw drama" Arts Scene in Wales
"Captivating performances .....an intense evening ... a truly stunning, yet harrowing, piece.” Buzz *****
…and choreographer, Lee Johnston
"The thought-provoking piece was the undisputed masterstroke of the night." Buzz, talking about ‘Purlieus' for NDCW
"a beautiful and soulful duet" Dance Tabs, talking about 'They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem’ for NDCW
They're working with an international ensemble of actors and dancers….
weaving together Welsh, French and English….
and rigorously merging dance and text….
to create a profoundly expressive hybrid form…
which has the power to express the complex thoughts and feelings of these girls and others like them.
“The challenging experiences and emotions that children in care have were conveyed - in every word and every gesture – with an authenticity that was breath-taking ..the finished sections wove dance and text together to give layers of meaning (pain, loss, tenacity and defiance) in beautiful forms.” Dr Cath Larkins, Director of The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation
“I just want to say, it was fantastic! ….I was brought up in a residential home myself and you’ve captured it perfectly.…You captured the vulnerability of being in care. It’s extremely powerful.” Care leaver
“I came here thinking - what am I going in to? What’s this going to be about? I’ve never really watched this kind of performance art before. But it’s a credit to you. I was engrossed. And it was like you were talking to me… like everybody else didn’t exist. It was really, really powerful. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” Care leaver
“Stunning and inspirational …There is a magic to the production that can only become stronger. I eagerly await seeing the finalised production from this very fine, sensitive and well tuned ensemble. Rosalind Brookes, Camille Giraudeau, Charlotte Griffiths, Alexandra Pholien, Emily Pottage, Nia Roberts and Manon Wilkinson, all flawlessly enmesh with their ingenious creative team - Judith Roberts-director and writer, Lee Johnston-choreographer and Gwyneth Glyn.” Michael Kelligan, reviewing for Theatre in Wales, June 2017