Digital Interludes is a feast of digital content co-created with young people and professional artists, premiering May 2022.
It includes film shorts, animations, spoken word pieces, events, downloadable resources and more - for anyone 11+ who is interested in young people's issues. It can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, or as a group in your school or community - as a short creative interlude or a deeper engagement (with the accompanying resource packs). Whatever your preference, we invite you to engage and enjoy!
Digital Interludes is a culmination of work by young people from COVID-impacted projects over the last 12 months. We are so proud of the resilience of our young people, as they have continually adapted to the ever-changing landscape. Within these reimagined projects, we discovered lots of brilliant, exciting new ways to creatively amplify young people’s voices whilst connecting with our ever-growing digital Mortal Fools community.
The Digital Interludes content is full of hope; stories of human connection, reimagined futures, shared lessons, insights and opportunities to reflect. Our hope is that it sparks something in you – be it a new way of thinking, an idea, a moment of joy, or hope for the future. We would love to hear your thoughts on social media, so please tag us @mortalfoolsuk or use #DigitalIyInterluded
Four bitter-sweet, poignant film shorts from Mortal Fools’ Ensemble Young Company, following a group of young people navigating the reality of friendship in the modern world. What if growing up means growing apart?
Mark, Maisie, Izzy, Rhiannon and Abel all started off as strangers in this world – but somewhere along the way, they became friends. Really good friends; clicked, connected, comfortable and comrades. But recently, things have felt more complicated. Friendships are malfunctioning, everything is changing, and there are too many things left unsaid.
Co-created with young people and professional artists, each short story explores the belonging that stems from finding your people. Your people might be folks you’re already friends with or they might be people you’ve just not met yet……. You’ll know when you find them.
The My People Resource Pack contains discussion prompts and activities that teachers, facilitators, youth workers, community group leaders and parents can use to support young people in exploring the themes and characters from the My People films.
An educational and practice-sharing video series about working in co-creation with children and young people.
The series walks you through the experience of our young people co-creating new devised pieces of theatre with Mortal Fools, including some examples of activities that you might like to try yourself. We share elements of our creative process - the tasks and activities we do to create new pieces of work - and the relational process - how we work together, and the environment we create.
Our Sparked films are there to be watch, enjoyed, revisited and over the next couple of years, we will be adding more films to the series.
Mortal Fools Youth Theatre were BACK ON STAGE, presenting their version of When This Is Over on Saturday 29th January 2022 to two big (nearly sold out!) crowds at Gosforth Civic Theatre.
After world leaders gathered in Glasgow for COP26 to decide the future of the world, a group of children and young people came together in North East England to tell the story of their lives - their past, present and future.
When This Is Over explored themes including young people's voices, climate emergency, the future, friendship, the value of community, human stories and social action. We ran with those themes to work with even more young people and partners, and create an array of digital content.
What Kind Of World Do You Want To Live In?
A poem written and performed by Mortal Fools’ Young Leaders, featuring original music and animated by Lauren Bennett.
This piece is less than 4 minutes long and captioned. It has visually illustrated word and is best enjoyed wearing headphones.
Look To My Future
A spoken word piece, written and performed by our Stage Two Tyne Valley Youth Theatre Group (7-11yrs), featuring original music and animated by Sheryl Jenkins.
This piece is less than 3 minutes long and captioned.
A spoken word piece, written and performed by our Stage Two Ashington Youth Theatre Group (7-11yrs), featuring original music and animated by Kathryn Robertson.
This piece is less than 2 minutes long and is a lyric video (includes words as part of the visuals).
When This is Over Flashback Reel
Fly Girl Film captured the experience of the When This Is Over live performance, from the perspective of our young performers, Mortal Fools facilitators and live audience. The flashback reel features live performance snippets from all three MFYT groups.
This piece is less than 7 minutes long and captioned.
When This Is Over Community Responses
Our live performance attendees and online community were invited to respond to four provocations linked to the themes of When This Is Over. We received 150+ responses, selected a few and asked Sheryl Jenkins to animate them.
Each animation is less than 3 minutes long.
Animation #1 - What are you grateful for?
Animation #2 - In a hundred years from now, what does our future look like?
Animation #3 - When you are gone, what do you want people to remember you for?
Animation #4 - What kind of world do you want to live in?
When This Is Over Resource Pack
The When This Is Over Resource Pack contains discussion prompts and activities that teachers, facilitators, youth workers, community group leaders and parents can use to support young people to think about their past, present and future.
MELVA DIGITAL SHOWCASE
Step into the world of Melva Mapletree; a boisterous, mischievous and funny young girl on an adventure to find out what she’s really capable of...
In this showcase, you can learn more about Melva's interactive and innovative approach, rooted in mental health strategies, to help young people in Key Stage Two.
CREATIVE CATALYST: THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
A two-hour creative careers digital showcase, for folks aged 16-25 years old who want to break into the creative industries.
Join Mortal Fools and friends from our network as they share their creative career stories, industry tips and what they’d wished they’d known when starting out. There will be facilitated chats, digital networking and lots of time for questions.
SPARKED LAUNCH AND SCREENING
An interactive screening event for Sparked - our educational and practice-sharing video series about working in co-creation with children and young people. This event is organised and run by our Mortal Fools Young Leaders group.