Embracing Inclusivity & Diversity
The magic of theatre lies in its ability to bring people together, transcending barriers and uniting audiences with the power of storytelling. As a trailblazing company in Croydon, SAVVY takes this concept to heart and showcases it fully in their upcoming production of Pinocchio taking place in the Concert Hall, at Fairfield Halls. By putting a large, inclusive, and diverse community cast at the centre of the process and production, SAVVY has proven that the stage can be a place where everyone's talents shine, regardless of their background, experience or abilities.
Inclusivity is at the heart of SAVVY Theatre's ethos. The company firmly believes that theatre should be a space where everyone feels welcome, represented, and celebrated. By inviting people from all walks of life to participate in their productions, SAVVY has created an environment that fosters creativity, empowerment, and a sense of belonging.
In this upcoming production of Pinocchio, roles have been tailored to accommodate the unique abilities and talents of each individual cast member. From actors with disabilities to those from various cultural backgrounds, SAVVY has embraced the diversity of their community, ensuring that each performer has the opportunity to shine on stage.
SAVVY Theatre's commitment to a diverse community cast is not just about representation; it's about giving individuals the chance to explore their passion for theatre and develop their skills. Many aspiring actors who might have previously felt excluded due to societal norms or limited opportunities have found a home at SAVVY.
By bringing together people with different life experiences, this production has become a celebration of the rich tapestry of Croydon's community. Through collaboration and shared experiences, the cast has built strong bonds with each other, discovered things about themselves, and created a supportive and inclusive theatrical family.
A Twist in the Tale:
Pinocchio - the classic tale of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy, is a story that resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. However, SAVVY Theatre's production of this timeless tale not only entertains but challenges the question of conformity with Pinocchio deciding that (after his long and eventful journey), he is ultimately happy being who he is – quirks and all!
With such a diverse and inclusive community cast taking part, (including adults with a learning disability, people with past experience of homelessness, those living with mental health conditions, people from the LGBTQ+ community, pupils from a local SEN school – literally the richest tapestry possible and one that is wholly reflective of the Croydon community), the message and themes of acceptance and self-discovery in this production becomes even more impactful. It reinforces the idea that we are all connected by our shared humanity and the desire for acceptance and love.
SAVVY Theatre's Pinocchio is breaking down barriers on multiple levels. Firstly, it challenges traditional perceptions of who can participate in theatre, proving that talent and passion are not limited by physical or cultural differences. Secondly, it challenges the perception of what a theatre production should be, reminding us that the magic of theatre lies not only in polished performances but also in the authentic and heartfelt emotions conveyed on stage.
SAVVY Theatre's Pinocchio at Fairfield Halls in Croydon is a beacon of inclusivity, diversity, and creativity in the world of theatre. By embracing a large community cast, SAVVY proves that the stage can be a transformative space, where everyone's talents can shine brightly.
This production serves as a powerful reminder that when we come together and celebrate our differences, we create something truly magical that resonates with audiences and inspires change beyond the confines of the theatre.
Tickets available online: www.fairfield.co.uk/events/pinocchio-23