WHO WE ARE
Codswallop CIC first opened its doors on the 30th October 2013 to The Oddballs School of Theatrical Extravaganzas (now Oddballs Theatre Makers) under its former name, JP Productions. Within a year, Oddballs had expanded in to 2 groups, The Not Grown Up Club had completed its pilot scheme and Just Sing had exploded on to the scene. Then, on April 1st 2017, the company was re born, adopted the name CODSWALLOP CIC and gave new energy to it's work. Since then, Codswallop invested in Guiseley and Aireborough, making itself known and building a community of passionate singers, theatre makers and artists.
CIC stands for Community Interest Company, which basically means we're here to do good! The government hold us accountable and makes sure we are maintaining or working towards our company aims.
MEET THE TEAM
CODSWALLOP IS KEPT ALIVE BY A HUGE TEAM OF SESSION STAFF, SUPPORT WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS AND EPIC PEOPLE DOING EPIC THINGS
CODSWALLOP CIC HAS 3 DIRECTORS WHO ALL MAKE SURE CODSWALLOP HAPPENS! THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE COMPANY AND BRING
THE VISION TO LIFE!
DEVELOP A VARIED AND ENGAGING ARTS PROGRAMME FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
- Host public events that are accessible to all
- Develop theatre, drama lessons, music lessons and art events relevant to the context and history of the local community
- Groups that meet the varied needs of members of the community
ESTABLISH A SUPPORTIVE LOCAL COMMUNITY
- Work to bridge inter generational gaps
- Keep the community central to the organisation and its work
- Being supportive to other local businesses and community ventures
ENSURE THAT THE ARTS ARE ACCESSIBLE BOTH MONETARILY AND PHYSICALLY TO ALL WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES WE WORK WITH/IN
- Strive to make all events ‘Pay What You Can’
- Never refusing anyone a place in one of our groups
- Provide a bursary scheme to those who cannot afford session fees
- Reach out to people with disabilities, and strive to make all events physically accessible as well as developing a programme of accessible performances
- Work to become accessible to those with learning disabilities, dementia and autism.
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
- Opportunities for young people to volunteer, work experience and gain paid work as an employee of the organisation
- Providing groups that can be accessed by all ages of the local community
- Opportunities for both young and old to perform as part of a theatre company without any fees
- Jobs for young people not wishing to pursue studies at university
- Opportunities for the local community to access a wider variety of arts and theatre events.
- Introduce a ‘fair fees’ policy to ensure that people within the arts are paid the going rates.
TO BECOME A PRODUCER OF MEANINGFUL THEATRE
- Providing an alternative to the ‘norm’ of local amateur dramatic theatre
- Producing relevant and engaging political theatre
- Creating an educational and morally centred theatre programme to be accessed by schools