Created written performed by and with young people Young Creators, Musicians, Animators, Performers: Alex, Connor, Essa, Grace, Winnie, Yazan, Jess, Amir, Habib, Marcus, Zac, Nadia, Sem

Creative Mentors: Derbyshire County Council Virtual School:
Christine Haywood, Debi Hedderwick, Angus McLeod, Wendy Johnson, Meg Quinn

Directed & Produced: Ava Hunt
Producer: Frances Watt
Dramatury & Writing: Lin Coghlan
Animation: Nick Hersey
Musical Director: Raph Clarkson
Musicians: Matthew Dunn, Raghad Haddad, Rosie Toll
Workshops Support: Acushia Vigh-Bolger, Michael Johnston, Kai Bools, Emily Owen, Ellie Martindale
Filming and Editing: Swainson Productions
Additional filming: Adam Robertson (Film City TV), Roger Knott-Fayle
Stills Photography: Chris Webb
Partners: Orchestras Live, Sinfonia Viva and Ava Hunt Theatre Company

Shortlisted: 2020 Arts and Culture Children & Young People NOW Award

Logo of Award Body

Destinies is a theatre and music production celebrating the stories and creativity of young refugees and asylum seekers living in Derbyshire. It is partnership project between Ava Hunt Theatre, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestras Live and co-created with young people and Derbyshire County Council Virtual School.

‘Destinies’ created a space for young people from vulnerable and culturally diverse backgrounds to have their voices heard and reflected through narratives, songs and music. 

‘Destinies’ introduced young people to the creative arts and involved them in all aspects of a production, giving an insight to the breadth of creative industries.

A short film has been produced using some of the material devised in the project so far. This was showcased at the Care About Care conference in October 2020.

Initial plans had been to present a more traditional performance piece in 2020 but this was thwarted by Covid19. Everyone worked hard together to devise new ways of working, with a mixture of online and in-person meetings, artistic sessions, composing, writing, drawing and singing culminating in a presentation of songs, script animation and music at Derby Theatre in October 2020. We will continue to develop ‘Destinies’ in 2021 working towards a more traditional performance piece. 

Supported by:

Sinfonia Viva
Derbyshire Virtual School
Orchestras Live
Arts Council England

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