Since 2013 the Citizens Learning Team have delivered a creative residency at the Chara Centre, a residential service supporting women who are experiencing homelessness. A team of artists lead multi-art form sessions for women every week which include creative writing, performance skills, songwriting and costume making. The sessions culminate in two shows per year, written and performed by the women residing at the centre. Performances are held in the centre and are performed with great hilarity in front of the residents, staff and invited guests. To date there have been 13 shows, exploring topics such as growing old disgracefully, future plans, strength, femininity, dating, midgy bites, wedding hats and bingo!
Stories and music have a huge role in the creative programme at the Chara Centre. By sharing our stories and life experiences through the power of drama and music, our work encourages group members to reconnect with play as an adult.
The women are also invited to Citizens Theatre productions. They most recently attended our 2019 Christmas production Pinocchio.
The C WORD
While at the Chara Centre, a weekly editorial group which produced six issues of THE C WORD – a magazine written, designed and created by the women and the Citizens Theatre team and distributed to Women’s Services throughout the city. Our aim was to develop a magazine that communicated to women in a creative way, not only containing useful contact information but also shared personal stories and life experiences.