Young Storyteller call out
Are you 16 - 25? Are you fascinated by telling stories? Are you well-connected within your community? Then we have a great opportunity for you.
We want to meet twenty young people from across Wales looking to develop their interviewing and journalistic skills to create what we’re calling an ‘audio portrait’ - a photographic portrait accompanied by a reflective audio interview - of someone in your community.
The audio portraits will be part of an exhibition during our tour of Circle of Fifths, and will have a permanent home on our website.
What is Circle of Fifths?
Circle of Fifths is an immersive theatre experience directed by Butetown film and theatre-maker Gavin Porter. Created with a collective of musicians and artists, and real-life stories from people across Wales, the show combines film, music and theatre to create a live documentary.
Circle of Fifths explores how music and stories can connect us in times of grief and loss - allowing us a moment of collective reflection and celebration.
Circle of Fifths was first performed in June 2022 and returns this October, starting its tour at The Riverfront in Newport.
What you’ll be doing
You'll take part in a workshop day with documentary filmmaker Jay Bedwani and photographer, presenter and TEAM assistant Ellen Thomas, alongside the other young storytellers.
In the morning, you’ll learn about:
how Circle of Fifths became a ‘live documentary’
holding interviews around sensitive topics and creating a comfortable, conversational atmosphere
how photography can aid in the telling of your stories
negotiating relationships, i.e. through gaining permissions to use material
writing sensitive interview questions
In the afternoon, you’ll:
- record an audio interview with someone in your area about their relationship to music and memory.
work with the photographer to take your interviewee’s portrait before and after their interview
choose the stand out moments of the recording to create your story
choose which photograph will be displayed with your audio story at the venues where Circle of Fifths is being performed
Who we’re looking for
We’re looking for young people aged 16-25 who…
Have bags of empathy and great interpersonal skills
Are interested in photography, writing, journalism and storytelling
Are active in their community
Live near one of the following venues and are able to come to the workshop date:
The Riverfront, Newport: Saturday 16 September from 10am - 5pm
The Stiwt Community Theatre, Wrexham: Sunday 17 September from 10am-5pm
Hopkinstown Hall, Pontypridd: Saturday 14 October from 10am - 5pm
Venue TBC, Cardigan: Sunday 15 October from 10am - 5pm
Have an interest in Circle of Fifths’ themes
What you need to know
We have 5 spots available at the 4 workshop locations
You'll be paid £50 for the day and keep ownership of the ‘audio portrait’
Your interviewee will be paid £25 for two hours of their time
You and your interviewee will receive tickets to watch Circle of Fifths at your local venue
You'll be provided with lunch and refreshments
You'll have your travel paid for
We welcome applications from young people from the global majority, and those who are at risk of or have experienced ableism
Your wellbeing is of utmost importance to us. The themes of the project can deal with difficult conversations that are personal to everyone, we will be on hand to support you.
How to apply
To be part of this project, submit a letter no longer than a side of A4 or film a video of yourself lasting no more than 3 minutes, telling us about yourself and why you would like to take part in this project.
This can be delivered in Welsh, English or British Sign Language.
If there is another way that you would feel more comfortable sharing your application with us, then do get in touch and let us know. We’re happy to support your application in whatever way we can.
Send your applications to email@example.com.
9am on 11 September to take part in Newport or Chirk
9am on 2 October to take part in Cardigan or Pontypridd