CONSISTENTLY DELIVERING HIGH QUALITY, ACCESSIBLE ART
''WHAT IS CODSWALLOP?"
...THATS NOT AN EASY QUESTION TO ANSWER...
Summing up what Codswallop CIC does is a tricky question because there is just so much to talk about.
In a morning we could be rehearsing for our next original theatre show, then in the afternoon, meeting with community groups and councillors to discuss tree planting and town planning before spending the evening running creative groups!
Click through the slides to see snippets of what we do!
Codswallop CIC has developed a reputation for delivering high quality artistic projects that are accessible and most importantly, fun.
In our 8 years of existence, we have built up a dedicated following made up of people of all ages, who actively follow our organisation and what we have to offer.
Before the COVID-19 Pandemic, Codswallop CIC was engaging with around 150 participants on a weekly basis through our creative Community Groups.
Alongside our weekly groups, Codswallop CIC runs a diverse programme of arts events including original theatre, historical and cultural events and concerts.
Community is an essential part of Codswallops work and so we also strive to host events which have the sole intention of bringing people together. We firmly believe that the work Codswallop CIC does is valued and essential. Through the arts, we have to power to start conversations, bring families together, work with our communities and genuinely make a positive impact on the people we encounter.
OUR COMPANY AIMS
WE STRIVE TO HIT THESE TARGETS, AND BELIEVE THAT IN DOING SO, CODSWALLOP WILL BE THE BEST THAT IT CAN BE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AUDIENCES AND PARTICIPANTS
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