CLOPTON COMEDY CLUB (collaborative project 2021)

The Clopton Comedy Club was formed as part of the S-o-A Community Art Project at the beginning of Lockdown No. 2 in January 2021.  The group performed online in June 2021 and continue to meet and develop material and seek further opportunities to perform.

The CCC was inspired by Stratford resident Richard Crombie and facilitated through the art project by Helen Kilby Nelson and Rosa Postlethwaite.  Over a period of 6 months with additional guidance from comedian John Scott the group became performance ready.

IYP X BHC (collaborative project 2021) 

A series of activities developed by IYP + BLKHLCLB members held on diverse online platforms that have been gathered and presented as a game of ping pong between groups.

Rosa Postlethwaite & Alis Oldfield faciliated activities about performing on Zoom and dueting on TikTok.

The series of collaborative workshops led to the creation of two posters designed by Keith Dodds.

GIFTed CONVERSATION (event 2020)

GIFTed is the strand of GIFT Festival (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre) that specifically supports students and recent graduates.

At GIFTed Conversation university students and recent graduates came together to share their thoughts and experiences of GIFT 2020 programme, and festival, so far. Facilitated by Rosa Postlethwaite it was an opportunity to make new connections, exchange ideas and share solutions to practice challenges during the Covid-19 lockdown.

PLAYFUL PROTEST (event 2020) 

Artist-led and self-led activities exploring what happens when we play. Families are invited to make up their own rules, take risks, question power relationships and have a great time. Rosa Postlethwaite and Hannah Walker facilitated activities: placard writing, parading, fort building, announcement writing, costuming, disco dancing and playing.

Programmed as part of MAPS Festival at BALTIC Contemporary and Seven Stories.

GAZE FOCUS GROUP (event 2020) 

Part of research and development of GAZE, a new play by Sarah Gonnet. Sarah identifies as disabled and it was very important to her that her play was accessible to as many people as possible. This was an open discussion with people based in the North East who identify as d/Dear or disabled to share their experiences of attending the theatre and to
highlight access barriers that they have come up against.

GAZE Focus Group was co-facilitated by Rosa Postlethwaite and Faye Alvi and produced by Chloe Stott. The discussion was attended by 23 people, and a summary report was created by Chloe and shared further for feedback.

SOCIALLY AWKWARD (collaborative project 2019) 

Socially Awkward is a collaborative project being led by artist Lady Kitt and NewBridge Committee member Sarah Stamp. It aims to gently interrogate, illuminate and insight social functions of making, breaking down socially awkward barriers through developing and testing out alternative ways to engage with the public.

Lady Kitt and Sarah are working with artists Bethany Stead, Elaine Robertson, Kat Bevan, Rosa Postlethwaite and Sara Qaed to explore creative approaches to everyday life and thinking.

Commissioned by The NewBridge Project.

EXTINCTION BINGO (event 2019) 

Extinction Bingo was part of BALTIC Explores Climate Emergency, a day of activities in response to the global call for action in raising awareness and understanding of the climate emergency.

Extinction Bingo (concept by BALTIC) brings to attention the extinction of animals and our natural world due to climate change – poignancy and humour side by side. Rosa Postlethwaite was the host for the evening.

COAX  (workshops 2016 – 2021) 

Coax is a regular gathering where anyone can share their bite-sized, underprepared, creative responses to a theme. Come along with a barely formed idea, bit of writing or something made on your break.

No previous performing or arts experience required. Coax is faciliated by Rosa Postlethwaite, Hannah Walker, Tony Scandrett and other attendees.

Attendee feedback: “It was so supportive, so simple and so well thought through and put everyone at their ease brilliantly”

Supported by Arts Council England.

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS (2016 – current) 

Rosa has delivered workshops introducing making autobiographical performance to artists, students and the public (all adult groups). This workshop is always being developed and is responsive to the group and site.

PERFORMANCE PRACTICE ASSOCIATE LECTURER (2019 – 2020) 

Rosa facilitated practical workshops with MA students at Northumbria University. They used strategies developed through Coax to create a space for the students to share and discuss performance work in development.