Are you looking to involve young people in local event programming? Why not chat to Ariel about how she work with your community to train young people in Gaelic, Irish and bilingual stilt performance to enhance local parade and outdoor events.
Such training can be a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to engage with Gaelic, their peers and community in an exciting new way as well as building confidence, self-esteem, trust and interpersonal & performance skills.
Indeed, learning to walk on stilts can often be a metaphor for growth and self-confidence in young people as they literally learn to stand tall in their communities and amongst their peers.
"The change I saw in him was quite emotional for me as his mum. On the day of the parade I was amazed at how confident and independent he'd become. He had no fear and took the whole event in his stride (even if it was on stilts) and loved every minute of it. He became a different boy in my eyes... thank you to you for bringing out the confidence that I knew was in there all along." PACE Youth Theatre Stilt Performer Parent
"Last year's parade was just so much fun & by far the best theatre project I've taken part in, I'd be very excited to do it again" PACE Youth Theatre Participant, Paisley Halloween Parade
"SO MUCH FUN!!! Totally brilliant & you were a pleasure to work with too!" PACE Youth Theatre, Paisley, Stiltwalking trainee & Halloween Parade Participant
"I've been very emotional looking back at the photos. It was an incredible night.. all the skeletons loved it... It was amazing to watch such a quick transformation from a completely terrified young lady to a highly professional and confident performer.. And in only 5 short sessions. It has really boosted her confidence and self belief. If she can stilt walk then she can do anything"..."They managed to walk and perform their lines and conquer the Gaelic language too. The audience loved them." PACE Youth Theatre Parent
Stiltwalking workshops can also fulfil a range of Health & Wellbeing Outcomes of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence, such as:
"It was a new experience for me and it was very enjoyable. I'm so happy I had the opportunity to take part. You were a great instructor, your instructions were clear and you were very supportive"... "One reason why I applied to take part was because I'm afraid of heights and I thought this would be a good chance to combat that fear. I'm very pleased and proud that I performed successfully", PACE Youth Theatre, Paisley Stiltwalking Trainee & Halloween Parade Participant
Such projects can also afford opportunities for inter-generational language exchange and interaction and utilising the diverse skills of community members to create an unforgettable local spectacle event, combining drama, lantern-making, circus skills, Celtic art & graffiti, as well as music, song and dance.
Ariel has worked at countless successful events that have had a hugely positive effect on pride in local areas and community interaction, such as the Paisley Bilingual Gaelic Halloween Parade content.
Why not drop Ariel an email or call to discuss how this work can be adapted to your community?