FL January Newsletter

Our first newsletter. Check it!

Dear Friends,
Come In, The House Is Yours!
Fallen Leaves Community Theatre is thrilled to announce that their programme of creative development workshops has commenced at the Harvest Centre in Sentul! Harvest Centre is a community school which works with the underprivileged community of Kuala Lumpur, breaking the cycle of poverty through education. www.harvestcentre.webs.com
We had our first photography workshop on Thursday, producing exciting and engaged responses from facilitators and participants alike.
We have a large number of children from the urban poor and refugee community to work with, so as part of our policy of social cohesion and inclusion, would like to invite you to join our facilitator programme and spend some time working with these children, with the hope of expanding their understanding and appreciation of the scope of opportunity available to them.
You can do one, several, or hundreds of workshops, with as few or as many children as you like, and all we ask is that you keep the theme inclusive, with the focus very much on helping the children to discover themselves and their world.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, please don’t hesitate to email george@fallenleaves.org.uk for more information, even if you just want to drop in to have a look. Workshops are on Thursday and Friday every week, from 10 till 4pm.
Bread & Puppets!
Fallen Leaves’ facilitators have also been drafted in by Harvest in conjunction with the UNHCR to run vocational training with dynamic youths from the urban poor community, with the hopes of giving them the skills and necessary language abilities to operate successfully in a working environment. This innovative programme combines elements of the communicative method of English teaching with theatre of the oppressed and forum theatre, a truly original and exciting approach.
As part of this intensive programme, we are delighted to report our first international guest of 2011 – Mr Grad from Hong Kong – who will be arriving in February to facilitate a course in puppet-making on the theme of past, present and future, using this artistic exploration to discover deeper understanding and motivate these kids that the sky really is the limit. The puppetmaking course and Grad’s residency have been organised in conjunction with Malaysia’s only butoh dance group, the wonderful Nyoba Kan www.nyobakan.blogspot.com
To make this happen, we need huge quantities of newspaper, bamboo canes, cloth, glue and scissors. If anyone has any old newspapers hanging around, then please email through and get them to us before February 10th.
And from the overseas …
Following our smashing launch night in August, we’re thrilled to announce that on Friday 28th January (pay day!), our Word Sound Have Power event will return to London!

Expect a night jam-packed with acoustic jams, stand-up comedy, an art exhibition and a smattering of spoken word – all accompanied by some great drinks promotions to ease the pain of those post-Christmas bank balance blues.

Acts will include:

Jonny Neesom (www.myspace.com/breakingguitarstrings)
Captain Backfire (www.backfiremusic.com)
Leon Walker (www.myspace.com/leonwalkermusic)
Wade McElwain (comedian)
Fake Dom (www.myspace.com/fakedom)
Sean Sheehan
Kym Being
DJ Lewis Maddox (www.lewismaddox.co.uk)

and more!

As ever, all proceeds will support the work of Fallen Leaves Community Theatre. The money raised at our launch night has already made a huge impact out in Malaysia, as our team work to give voice to the excluded, building communities and promoting human rights. To read about our recent work, made possible in no small part by funds raised at the last Word Sound Have Power event, please visit our news blog at http://www.fallenleaves.org.uk/news

Don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list at www.fallenleaves.org.uk or ‘like’ us on Facebook for cheap entry on the night!


Fallen Leaves Community Theatre will be engaged in a national forum theatre tour in association with the Commonwealth Foundation, bringing a mixed group of socially diverse people to different audiences to dialogue and engage on issues of social inclusion in 2011. Watch this space for more information!
As ever, feel free to email us with expressions of interest, support and criticism, and please forward this message far and wide.
FALLEN LEAVES: not just education, more than entertainment, Fallen Leaves is positive action.
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