Projects

Writing Workshops

We are buzzing to be offering FREE writing workshop hosted by one of the Blue Balloon Theatre team, Louise Croft!

Louise is an aspiring poet and writer, who studied English with Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham where she discovered her love of poetry. She often themes her writing around her home town of Manchester and her past experiences. She is currently studying for her MA in Arts Management at the University of Manchester with the aim of working in arts engagement to help and encourage more people to participate with the arts.

Her first open mic poetry performance was in 2017 at Blue Balloon’s Freedom of Expression night. Since then she’s adored performing poetry and encouraging others to do the same and was thrilled to join the Blue Balloon team. Louise is a proud member of Blue Balloon and loves helping to support creatives with their passions.

Follow the workshop along and see what creative writing you come up with. Remember it's so good to put pen to paper, even if it isn't perfect - you can iron out any creases later!

Instagram Lives

Over lockdown we began to host weekly Instagram Lives speaking to a variety of creatives to discuss life! We've hosted writers, actors and poets and had some very interesting conversations about what has kept us inspired in these challenging times, recommendations be it a book, a TV programme or an online class and had important conversations surrounded Black Lives Matters and about the support out there for survivors of assault. Catch our videos below!

Blue Balloon's 4th Birthday

To celebrate Blue Balloon Theatre’s 4th birthday, we created and shared a week's worth of featured artists, creative content and events for everyone to get involved with, that are all ONLINE and completely FREE! The week included Q&A’s, R&D for a new musical, creative writing workshops and featured artists who showcased work such as new writing, poetry, original music, radio dramas, our first Podcast about our play “Pill” and to top it all off we had an online concert to celebrate past creatives.

We want to celebrate all we have achieved and the community of artists, support and creativity we have created and brought together! These times are unprecedented and hard to comprehend and so we hope to inspire you and bright a little light and positivity! All of our content is on our channel for you to enjoy!

Click below for our YouTube Channel

Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic Nights

We host regular poetry and spoken word open mic nights which is open to everyone regardless of experience; previous venues have included Tusk and Gullivers in the Northern Quarter. We welcome all performers to the mic with love and warmth, to share their words. There is never any fear of judgement, only encouragement! Come and be inspired.

Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression is an event that showcases original music, comedy, poetry, monologues and much more! The concept behind Freedom of Expression is we collaborate with a group of artists based in the north west, who want to develop and perform original work or showcase a new take on already established work - simple!

We hosted our first event back in 2017 which was a roaring success and due to COVID-19 we had to postpone our second edition but will be returning in the very near future so watch this space!

Pill

Depression and anxiety from hormonal contraceptives may not be the experience of every woman, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the experience of your friend, your daughter or your partner, and of many women out there, who, in reading about this could have their lives changed for the better.” – Holly Grigg-Spall

This autobiographical performance, written and performed by Rebecca Phythian, tackles the contraceptive pill as a method of contraception and its mighty list of side effects from a first-hand experience.

Women should have complete ownership of their bodies and what they put into them. If something goes wrong when doing so, shouldn’t women have the ability and power to step forward?

Pill has been performed at festivals as well as Gullivers in the Northern Quarter

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Day of Christmas was an event to raise money for 42nd Street, a mental health charity. Everybody in this world, in some way or another, has struggled with their mental health at some point in their lives. Am I right? For some it is life changing, for others it is just a moment in their day. Often we might feel alone, less worthy than others, unattractive, sad... the list is endless.

We challenged all of those feelings, all of those mental health stigmas, especially for young people, and try to make people smile at a time of year when some feel most vulnerable.

Ourselves and 14 other young people worked behind Blue Balloon Theatre's project 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' which will be a social media takeover! Between the 1st and 12th of December, we posted a video a day of our creatives sharing their love and positivity with the theme of Christmas and Mental Health. This might be their own work or pre-existing work with their own, exciting take on it. If we can brighten up one person's day, we've done our job!

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is by singing loud for all to hear!" - Elf

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