Alice's Mad Tea Party
Following on from the success of Romeo & Juliet, SAVVY Theatre Company produced a unique and interactive version of Alice in Wonderland in Honeywood Museum’s Victorian garden during the May half-term. This sell-out run was our most successful yet when it came to community collaboration and inclusion, with project partners from the Sutton Inclusion Centre, Sutton & District Training, Coulsdon College, Sutton Mencap and a wide variety of the local businesses and the general public who took part in the numeours open workshop events.
For the 5th year running the SAVVY Young Company took part in the National Theatre's Connections Festival. Their unique production of HOSPITAL FOOD by Eugene O'Hare took place in a 360 Cinema at the Sutton Life Centre.
Working in conjunction with the young people from the Citezens Media Group who created all the bespoke films for the production, the audience arrived as patients to the hospital and were seated in the centre of the room as this very intimate play took place around them.
This site-specific theatre piece was a first for the Life Centre, a first for SAVVY and a first for the National Theatre Connections Festival.
Disaster Film Trailers
Pupils at Wandle Valley School had great fun creating a host of spoof disaster film trailers. The weapons were out and all guns were blazing as they saved mankind from a host of international threats - from the Zombie Apocalypse to Godzilla invasions.
This summer … get ready … for the movie event of your life!
Time Machine Greatest Hits
The Action Replay Drama Group celebrated their many years of dance and drama performances with a showcase of highlights. Recreating a medley of Greatest Hits from their plethora of past productions, they delighted all as they zoomed back in time to remember some of their wonderfully fun, weirdly unique and award-winning moments!
Connect2 Friendship Project
Working in association with Sutton Mencap, SAVVY used a collection of full-face masks with their day programme participants to explore a variety of social situations, from going shopping to making friends and safety while using public transport.
Arts Ambassadors Programme
With support from the Sutton Community Fund, SAVVY has launched the Arts Ambassadors Programme giving young people the opportunity to understand, develop and implement marketing strategies. In addition to developing promotional materials, the group are also taking responsibility for SAVVY Theatre's various online communities.
Wandle's Got Talent
Pupils from Wandle Valley school spent the Summer Term working with Trestle Theatre Masks to explore and develop scenes that involve a variety of characters waiting for a bus.
For some, this was their first introduction to mask and physical theatre work and a selection of developed scenes were presented at their end-of-year event to an invited audience of friends, family and staff.
The Disappearance of Timothy Jackson
Originally an interactive theatre event devised and performed by the SAVVY Young Company as part of Sutton's Imagine Festival of the Arts. In addition to the performance, there was the opportunity for young people to take part in the event online, by sharing their own original stories, re-telling other ghostly tales or reading what others had submitted.
One-Day Intensive Masterclass
Teenagers spent a 'full-on' day learning skills in slapstick fights, stage combat weapon work, mask and physical theatre.
This very active day highlighted the professional techniques needed when filming fight sequences and how all the skills learned throughout each workshop were inter-related and applicable to working in any style of performance.
They also got to make a short film!
The Roughs of the Wrythe
SAVVY spent time throughout Autumn with local playwright Ann Pattison, working on her brand new play "The Roughs of the Wrythe" about the men from Carshalton who left to fight in WWI.
The R&D sessions were to help develop her play that would then be performed locally next year as part of Sutton's anniversary celebrations.
A Wandle Pirate Panto
This year, the Wandle Valley Christmas Show sailed across the ocean, travelling to the four corners of the world in search of a golden treasure!
Teachers and pupils performed onstage together for this annual event that featured a plenty of sword-fights, sinking ships, polar bears, exploding coconuts and a break-dancing Queen Elizabeth I!
Back To Wonderland
The Action Replay Drama Group, with support from both the SAVVY Adult and Young Company, performed a brand new version of Alice in Wonderland at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton.
With disco-dancing sword-fighting chess pieces, Bollywood-inspired dancing Caterpillars, a battle between the Tweedles involving bazookas, cannons and tanks, this amazing event was the perfect way to end the year and kick-start the Festive Season!
Stormtrooper Christmas Fun