Community Projects

Community Projects

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We believe in doing Art with people, not at people!

The Naturals can bring city centres, high streets, open spaces and community areas to life with a celebration and array of fabulous artistic ideas – that’s why everyone loves our community participation work!

All forms of Art can and should be be accessible to everyone.

We bring groups together to celebrate and create memories by engaging children, adults, families and everyone in between in our community projects.

Recent community projects include:

SOMER VALLEY ARTS

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This two year project saw the Naturals take Arts to the people of Somer Valley on scale never seen before in the area. In Radstock, Midsomer-Norton, Westfield, Paulton we offered opportunities to explore ideas through music, dance, visual art, craft, writing and performance. The culmination was ‘Somer Valley Arts Day’ (we like to think it was a mini-Glastonbury Festival!) that brought the whole community together in one epic celebratory day of arts and celebration of the area’s history.  We are hoping to return to the area after the pandemic has passed!
See a short video of one of the project’s community days here

Collaboratory Partners: Radstock Sliver Band, Bath Fringe Festival, Local Artists (Edwina Bridgeman, Dora, Rose Popay, City of Bath College, Dragonbird Theatre Company, Radstock Museum, Bedlam Fair, B&NES Youth Connect

ROADS TO RECOVERY

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A Heritage Lottery funded project, working with young people to learn about and celebrate the history of Bath’s field hospitals.  Intense research with Bath Records office and Wiltshire History Centre, unearthed unheard stories of solidiers and medics from the local area.  From these, characters were created, costumes made and scenarios devised. 

This led to an immersive historical re-enactment of a WW1 field hospital in Bath’s Queen Square and again as a town hospital in Corsham Town Hall.

Collaboratory Partners: Heritage Lottery Fund, Bath Records Office, Wiltshire History Centre, Bath Events Team, Corsham Town Hall, The Pound Corsham, Local schools/colleges & youth groups, BRSLI, RUH, Bath City Farm, Louise Jordan 243 Wessex Field Hospital Corps

DHI (DEVELOPING HEALTH & INDEPENDENCE)

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We worked with DHI over many years on a range of projects over many years. DHI supports disadvantaged people and those who need help to live independently.  The “Out Of The Shadows” immersive performance in the streets of Bath worked with many of DHI’s clients and also local artists and performance groups.  The event explored the history of poverty in the City of Bath.

In the following years we have developed two touring live immersive show for schools & colleges across Bath and Wiltshire and ran workshops for DHI clients and also for their families. We finished a new project with DHI about drug use, which was filmed and used digital media due to the pandemic. The films wrapped in 2021, and are now being used in schools and educational settings to aid drug awareness. 

Collaboratory Partners: Theatre Royal Bath, St John’s Ambulance, Wiltshire County Council, B&NES, Bath Fringe Festival

LOOKING AFTER NO. 1: 250 YEARS OF THE ROYAL CRESCENT

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The celebration of 250 years of the Royal Crescent had been troubled, by many groups with strong but disparate visions.  For this project we pulled together a number of interested parties to develop a community celebration and three immersive performances in the crescent (one in pouring rain!).

Working with members of the community through regular workshops, we took a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the history by exploring the stories of the builders and stone masons as well as the celebrating the lives of the staff ‘below stairs’.

Collaboratory Partners: Bath Preservation Trust, Bath Heritage Services, Bath Fringe Festival, B&NES, Natural Theatre School

UNHEARD VOICES

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This project engaged local BANES communities to celebrate stories from protected groups which culminated in a professional live performance by the Natural Theatre Company (professional performers, and participants from our Adult Theatre School), to bring alive stories from local people who have migrated to the area.

Post-Covid, there has been interest in moving to Bath from larger cities or from the countryside. Bath’s history often focuses on Georgians and Romans, but there are many other stories from incoming minority groups that remain untold; this project gave voice to some of these migrants.