Prime Cut Productions delivers a consistent Programme of Community Engagement throughout the year. Tailored Outreach Programmes are developed and delivered in conjunction with our Productions. We also run one special large-scale Community Engagement Production each year - working with a wide range community groups from across Belfast and Northern Ireland.
Previous Productions Include:
Pulse was culmination of Prime Cut’s Ensemble NI project, which saw youth and adult participants from across NI sharing stories of life within their communities. A common thread of this work was the struggle to find normality in a place still marred by the legacy of conflict, the divisions within our society and the difficulty of finding help in times of crisis. Pulse gave a glimpse into these stories through a multi disciplinary theatre event.
A theatre performance by participants of Prime Cut’s Ensemble NI project
Performed in Carnegie Oldpark Library .
AT ARMS LENGTH
At Arms Length is Prime Cut’s primary schools diversity project, which sees children aged 3- 7 take part in fun creative workshops about difference and see a performance in their school. In the last project 8 schools across Belfast took part in drama, storytelling and puppetry making workshops, exploring the ideas of difference and how each of us is unique. Over a thousand children saw the performance, created from the themes , characters and ideas of children in At Arms Length workshops.
Funded by the Belfast City Council
ReVision II was the second installment of Prime Cut's older people's programme, using arts workshops to improve the lives of older people in residential accomidation.
Residdents of Glenalina Lodge, Sydenham Court and Mullan Mews took part in drama and music workshops culminating in a short film of their experience.
The project was supported by the Arts council of Northern reland, Arts and Older People programme.
THE PLACE BETWEEN
Created as part of Prime Cut’s PARTICIPATE programme “The Place Between” looks at Mental Health and Suicide through the eyes of our young people. We hear of the services and support in place, and a war that rages to make sense of the World.
The "Choices" project worked alongside Greater Shankill Alternatives, looking at the influences experienced by young people, and decisions that they make based on this. The short film, shot and edited by Bluebird Media, was premiered at Greater Shankill Alternatives AGM and the Community Relations and Cultural Awareness week 2016, and is now a resource used to explore issues facing young people, and the impact that their decision making can have on them.
Working with groups across North Belfast, Prime Cut Productions used Drama, Music and Visual Art as a means of exploring the hopes and aspirations of Communities around Girdwood, a previous Army Barracks. This contested space located between 4 different communities provided the opportunity for a shared space, bringing people together from different cultures and traditions.
Prime Cut, in collaboration with Creative Exchange and Oh Yeah Music are delighted to show Re:Vision as part of the Arts and Older People Programme. Re:Vision is an installation developed over 6 months working with people with Dementia, their friends, families and carers. Our community partners on the project have been Bruce House, Hemsworth Court, Mullan Mews and Sydenham Court.
Following on from the Ensemble project, Ensemble 2 continues Prime Cut's programme of delivering taster workshops to community groups across Northern Ireland. So far we have worked with Bawnmore Community, Mullan Mews, Greater Shankill Alternatives, Sydenham Court, Bruce House, Whiterock Community Centre and Springfield Charitable Association, with many more workshops to come.
THE SECRET CITY
The Secret City is a culmination of The Stories of Us, a 9 month multi-arts collaboration with over 200 young people from across Belfast, and is part of the Cathdral Quarter Arts Festival 2015.
This vibrant, dynamic, physical performance is played against the backdrop of Bridges Urban Playground. It's their story, on their terms, in their city space. Prepare to be surprised - it might just be a little bit awesome.
NO END IN SIGHT
Prime Cut and Bluebird media created a short film, working with students from Lagan College after running workshops with them, exploring the issues around Hate Crime. The students discussed different types of hate crime, as well as any experiences that they had witnessed in their own lives, and from this created a short script, which was then filmed over a couple of days in Castlereagh. Following the production of the DVD, Castlereagh Borough Council and the Police and Community Safety Partnership have used this resource while working with community groups and schools, addressing this issue.
Ensemble is a project that saw us running workshops across Belfast, working with a range of organisations, exploring their views and opinions of their own Communities, and Belfast as a whole. The aim of Ensemble was to create new connections, providing an opportunity for us to engage in new groups, and we are hoping that we will be able to extend this project later in the year, working with people who we have worked with on Ensemble as well as participants from previous projects.
A magical, multi-sensory experience that will redefine what Belfast means to you forever
Staged on the streets of Belfast, Kaleidoscope will allow you to encounter the city like never before. Choose where you go and what you look at as multiple stories weave around you, plunging you into the hopes, fears and daily lives of people from across the city.
A new theatre production, which will give audiences a chance encounter with life in and around the Victorian Templemore Baths in east Belfast, will open to the public for a limited number of exclusive performances on Monday 7th May. The Baths is a community-led production involving people from the local area and is being created by leading Belfast theatre company Prime Cut Productions.
The Demeter Project - Still Life Still
The Demeter Project - Still Life Still was a performance that was the culmination of a year long project designed and managed by Prime Cut Productions with our Partners from Ardmonagh Family Centre, Ardoyne Women's Group, Dee Street Community Centre and Newhill Community Centre. Bringing together women from the North, East and West of the City aged between 14 and 17 and over 55 this project examines the contribution of women over the past century to the life of Belfast. As well as performances , funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to give the project a legacy, creating an online archive as well as a physical archive at the Linenhall Library, in Belfast. This has enabled us to preserve the all too often unheard stories of how Women have contributed to building the incredible city of Belfast that we live in today.