10th June 2021

OVER 300 YOUNG PERFORMERS PRESENT THEIR ‘ACTS OF KINDNESS’ PRODUCTION THIS WEEKEND

One of the South West’s leading performing arts companies for children and young people is releasing a live-stream film featuring thirty acts of kindness. All taken from images, poems, music and stories they’ve gathered during the pandemic.

Fi Da Silva Adams, Founder of Revolution Performing Arts (RPA), based in Swindon, said: “This is the first time we have ever done something like this. Our film, Acts of Kindness, will be live-streamed at 6pm on Saturday June 12. It features around 300 talented young people.’

From four to fourteen

The youngsters, from as young as four up to aged seventeen, will cover all aspects of the performance from:

1. Singing
2. Song writing
3. Dancing
4. Acting
5. Make-up and costume and getting involved in the technical side of film making.

Local film maker, Henry Meredith and his team from OT House are filming the acts of kindness pieces and facilitating the live-stream. 

300 youngsters perform acts of kindness - Rapport

A difficult year

Two 14 year old boys, David Hunt and William Cottell, are studying the techie side of theatre alongside OT House and assisting with lighting and sound. 

In a year when official work experience is difficult to come by, these young people are travelling to venues throughout Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to be assistant technicians in this unique experience.

Other young participants of the live-stream film have written their own songs, laid down their own soundtracks created their own choreography. They’ve also:

  • written and directed their own theatre pieces
  • adapted to new technologies,
  • mastered circus theatre skills and …
  • … found real resilience in making changes for Covid-secure ways to be expressive in both physical and visual ways.

Some of the acts of kindness featured are:

  • special anniversary meals
  • NHS workers and other events or actions brought to light during a time of darkness.

The youngsters are portraying them all via songs, drama and dance. They use them as a stimulus for the young performers to ‘magically’ turn into their own superheroes!

The RPA circus theatre arts group are creating their own performance work with the same stimulus. The media make up & costume team have been providing mood boards to the RPA leaders and helping with costume requirements. They’ve also given advice on make up for film, which is very different to r live theatre.

Recording started last month. And the young people have taken part in 29 filming sessions all over the RPA area and with one completed on Zoom. There have been approximately 50 hours of filming involving four film makers, four technicians and fifteen RPA leaders.

Making possible the filming and live-streaming of Acts of Kindness is a £25,000 grant from the government’s culture recovery fund.

The live-stream starts at 6pm on Saturday 12th June and costs £11.37 per family (includes booking fee and a copy of the recording).

To book, click on the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/acts-of-kindness-tickets-153966763735