We are Branchline.
A Social Care, Play and Arts collective.
We believe all young people have the right to experience and explore creativity.
We support learning disabled young people to take part, lead and progress in the arts.
Branchline is a partnership between Lifeworks Charity Ltd, Play Torbay, SPLASH, Soundart Radio, Dance in Devon, Daisi, Dartington Hall Trust and RIO (Real Ideas Organisation)
Ordinary/Extraordinary is a collaborative arts project enabling learning disabled young people with a vocational interest in the arts to lead the development and delivery of a 2-day Arts Festival in October 2019: to generate participation and enable the creation of a wholly inclusive event celebrating connection and mental well-being in music, dance, drama and film at Dartington Hall. The Festival will comprise of 5 key arts components:
The Project will be curated by 12 learning disabled young people age 14-25. They will lead development of the festival combined arts content to attract a diverse audience; young people, families and professionals.
Ordinary Arts Festival
Curated by learning disabled young people, Ordinary Art Festival brought together the work of artists with labels from across the south west:
Feb 2018 Festival
Family Day: Taiko Drummers, Big Band, Orchestra, and inclusive workshops in: animation, dance, music and steam punk mask making + quiet space in the SPACE Studios and relaxed screening in the Barn Cinema plus a Masked Ball in the Great Hall – everyone welcome – who will you be??
Dance in Devon worked with Far Flung Dance Theatre and the young curators to create a flashmob choreography for the Masked Ball.
Teen Day: Film making, music and graphic art workshops, parkour, yoga, Zumba and hula-hooping – vintage gaming and Comicfest – Comic art and Cosplay is coming to Dartington + bands, DJ’s and Glam Transform beauty space.
Summer Heat was a Branchline project delivered by Dance in Devon and Play Torbay. We worked with children and young people in Torbay and at Mayfield School to try out different dances including; capoeira, Bollywood, contemporary and street styles.
Mystery Quest October half term 2017
Dance in Devon worked with Play Torbay on one of their fabulous Quest projects in October half term. Inspired by the writings and explorations of Agatha Christie, young people aged 7 and over devised a fun, exciting and interactive promenade theatre QUEST performance for all the family involving audiences in bringing history to life!
And…they did it all in a week! This was a collaborative production with young people from Play Torbay, final year Drama & Performing Arts Students from the University of Gloucestershire and Far Flung Dance Theatre as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival at Torre Abbey.
You can see Play Torbay’s photo gallery of the project here