2018 Autumn Update

CTVT won funding from The Peckham Settlement for a knife crime project that focuses on discussion forums for young people and a documentary film to be taken into schools. The discussion forums will be attended by 30+ students who will be listened to by a ‘panel’ of 12 or more professionals from across Government, Police, education, community liaison, faith, the arts, sport, youth work, and so on. The first event is scheduled for 31st October at 6pm, with a central Southwark venue to be announced. The job of the ‘panel’ will be to listen hard across the four events and then come together on a fifth occasion to reflect on all that they will have heard, to share insights and ideas, to consider whether there are clear action points emerging from the process. Themes for these open discussion forums will be:

Home Life & Parenting;

Peer Pressure, Drugs & Gangs;

Social Life, Sex & Self Esteem

Sport & Wellbeing.

On 25th October there will be a screening at Peckhamplex of Chris Haydon/CTVT’s latest documentary commission, a film about Millwall FC and its past fifty years. The story is told predominantly by older black fans and black players. The one-hour film will soon be available online via this website. It was directed/edited by Chris and produced by Ole Jensen for Bede House. Also for Bede House will be a new promotional video currently in post production.

Meanwhile, CTVT continues to support Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company with its filmmaking expertise, with a Film Night coming up on 7th November at Dorking Halls in Dorking. At this event films will be shown from the two weekly workshops running in Leatherhead and Cobham for disabled adults: in the line up will be a half hour drama and three songs marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice ending the First World War.

UK Comedy Hit: Transport & The Disabled

Chris Hogg is witty, musical and pro-active. He lives in Cheam and travels to Leatherhead to attend workshops with Freewheelers Theatre & Media Company. Or at least that’s the idea.

In reality, staff at Cheam disappear at midday leaving no-one to manage Chris’s travel. He uses a power wheelchair and without staff is left stranded. His activities are therefore cut short or cut altogether.

He plans to produce a satire on Southern Rail, their strikes and cynicism, but when life is stranger than fiction, you can be left struggling. The Media Group at Freewheelers has explored “W1A”, Monty Python and the whole history of absurdist comedy for a style that suits the material. First of all though, Chris has to find a way of travelling to Leatherhead.

ACE funding for Mandela play means 2018 project flies

Chris Haydon’s two-act play “AMANDLA!” about the life of Nelson Mandela has been funded for another large performance next year. It falls on the centenary of Mandela’s birth and the performance will be at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill on 18th July 2018. Rehearsals begin in January when the one-act touring production will still be on the road. Where the touring case is eight, the two-act version has a cast of thirty five.

Here the company say ‘Thank You!’.

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“BELT, BRACES & DISABILITY 2”

A strong documentary telling the stories of three disabled adults and following on from their first film in 2010, “BELT, BRACES & DISABILITY 2” updates the lives of Dan, Rachel and Troy. Time has not been friendly to all of them but their resilience and character shines through.

Especially pleasing about this production was that Troy edited his section of the film and selected all the music tracks, and both Dan and Rachel produced their sections of the film.