Why is The Greatest Showman is providing joy to young people?

Whisper it quietly, there is a new ‘youth obsession taking over’ , as every week since Boxing Day, 1,000’s of young people in the UK  have been hearing a story of hope, of life, of inclusion, dance and controversy. No they haven’t been attending churches, or signing up to ‘old labour’ , it is not a superhero film, or Pixars latest, no, many young people … Continue reading Why is The Greatest Showman is providing joy to young people?

Learning to improvise within Christian Youth work & Ministry.

One of the Key stereotypes of a youth worker is their underpreparedness. Turning up late for meetings, with no notes. Planning the youth group on the way there in the car, so that no one knows whats going on.  In the following video, there are a number of youth worker stereotypes, the ‘tardy’ youth worker is often the one that most people relate to. On … Continue reading Learning to improvise within Christian Youth work & Ministry.

8 Reasons for youthworkers to watch La La Land

This blog will inevitably contain spoilers! You have been warned, so if you are heading to go and see La La Land, look away now. However, if you want to know why you should go and see it, and dont mind hearing a little about what its about then read on. This week, as a bit of a celebration for getting a part of my … Continue reading 8 Reasons for youthworkers to watch La La Land

Life in the scenes – not just in the journey.

A couple of articles have prompted this reflection. The first one is here, a slightly typical Guardian article posted at the end of the Olympics and the start of the football season. It highlighted that the Olympics, and most sports apart from Football, and probably Cricket and Golf; there is the need for the Sport to educate, to reflect for us, the audience to be … Continue reading Life in the scenes – not just in the journey.

If the church’s days are numbered, is its future Outnumbered?

Outnumbered was a ground breaking BBC family orientated Sitcom. Its contemporaries were the then starting to date ‘2 point 4 Children’, which like many sitcoms, relied heavily on scripted, rehearsed dialogue. Outnumbered was different. It gave space for the children to act, and perform, and everyone else in the scene reacted to the moments of improvisation by the children. Yes themes were set, yes the … Continue reading If the church’s days are numbered, is its future Outnumbered?

What if church really is the ‘Theatre of the Gospel’ ?

” The Church is a theatre of the Gospel in a double sense; the space designed for the performance of plays (place) and the lived presentation of dramatic action (people)…. The Mission of the local church is to constitute itself as a theatre of the gospel, walking the way of Jesus Christ across the stage of the world” (Vanhoozer 2014; 170, 172) So what you … Continue reading What if church really is the ‘Theatre of the Gospel’ ?

A night with Milton Jones, and reflection on interactive Theodrama

Last Friday night as a very late Birthday present (my birthday was in March) I went to see Milton Jones at Middlesbrough Town Hall on his Temple of daft tour. The first time I have been to see live comedy. The first time I have been so close to the front of a live show (fourth row) and in the middle,  the first time I have … Continue reading A night with Milton Jones, and reflection on interactive Theodrama

Theatrical Conversations on the streets

“Each conversation is like a small piece of theatre, and within it we acquire a role” (Wardhaugh 1985) “Theatre happens when someone offers something- word or deed-to another” (Vanhoozer, 2010:43) I have a small confession to make; over the last 3-4 years i have developed a routine when I train detached youthworkers, volunteers or students even, when it comes to thinking about detached youthwork, especially … Continue reading Theatrical Conversations on the streets