Our most recent project has been an exploration of Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, and issues of mental health. Inspired by A Brave Face, Vamos's professional touring production for 2018, VYPT members devised scenes based on their research and created their own short performance of A Brave Face. The group performed not once, but twice on the 21st June (the hottest day in June since 1970-something) to an audience of students from a local high school and then to an open audience in the evening.
VYPT performances and projects have included:
In Dear Old England's Name, in which the group researched, devised and performed a short show about Vesta Tilley, a Music Hall star from the early twentieth century, who was born in Worcester. The project was part of the First World War Centenary. The show premiered at The Hive, Worcester and then performed at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry as part of Highly Sprung’s Physical Fellowship.
In Dear Old England's Name would not have been possible without the generous support of The Bransford Trust, the Sir Barry Jackson Trust, The Hive: Worcestershire World War 100 Project, Worcester Arts Council, and Councillors Matt Jenkins, Paul Denham, Derek Prodger and Paul Tuthill through the Worcestershire County Council Divisional Fund.
The Projectionist: funded by Heritage Lottery Fund with the generous support of The Elmley Foundation
The Godiva Project: part of the West Midlands Cultural Olympiad
Ashputtel: based on an adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy
Sharing Joy: a project bringing young and older people together