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The most recent live stage production from the teen section of Swindon-based Revolution Performing Arts (RPA) was Oliver Lansley’s The Terrible Infants. The performance comprised a real visual and musical feast based on the original story Les Enfants Terribles. 

A collection of cautionary tales, The Terrible Infants told its story through puppetry, dance and pure old-fashioned storytelling. It saw young people from RPA Rapport CIC involved in every aspect of the production process. Everything from the acting and the set design to the tech and stage management.

Revolution Performing Arts Memorial Production
Terrible Infants by Rapport CIC

The company held the performances, which took place from November 21-23 at The Swindon Arts Centre in Devizes Road, in memory of RPA’s Ellen-Gayle Harewood. Gayle recently died from Covid19 at the age of 44.

Ellen Gayle

Ellen-Gayle was a self-employed actress, writer and drama tutor. She’d worked on several creative projects across the UK, South Africa, Dubai and Uganda. Further, as an independent artist, she had also:

1. Directed shows
2. Founded youth groups
3. Hosted events and …
4. ..been part of the history-making female stand-up comedy troupe, Funny Girls UAE.

The Covid pandemic lockdowns brought Fi and Ellen together via the The Export Department’s, Andrea Collins-Clifton. 

Andrea throught Fi could help Ellen with her own business. But on meeting they discovered they had such a similar synergy and ethos they decided to work together.  They both felt very grateful to find each other.

Passionate about the arts, Ellen-Gayle had been consistent in her pursuence of the opportunity to perform. And to share her experience with the next generation. She brought warm, outgoing enthusiasm and energy to her classes. Thus Ellen-Gayle ensured students remained engaged and inspired to learn.

‘Ellen reached into your heart and squeezed it a little tighter,’ said Fi. “She was a joyous beacon of light and championed all young people to be the amazing vibrant people they are. Just like the amazing vibrant flourish of humanity that was our dear friend, Ellen.’

Revolution Performing Arts

Revolution Performing Arts is one of the South West’s leading performing arts companies for children and young people. Fi Da Silva Adams founded it in 2007. The company specialises in empowering young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts. 

Ofsted registered RPA has its base in Swindon and has classes across the town. The company also runs classes in Shrivenham, as well as at venues in North Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

All the teachers are DBS checked, trained in first aid and receive training in safeguarding protocols.

For more information, visit: https://revolutionpa.co.uk

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