In May 2017, River Forth Fisheries Trust awarded Firefly Arts a total of £5,000 from the Rivers for All fund to deliver a youth theatre project based on the River Almond. Working with 20 young people aged 12 -18 years, Firefly produced a short film, created artwork from material collected from the river and will be hosting performance events for the people of West Lothian.
‘RIVER WHERE’ has been developed as a film and live-art installation project to enable young people to explore the local River Almond, gain greater awareness of how it has shaped our communities, and engage more proactively with the wider public in its care, development and appreciation.
Watch their vlog below to see how they got on…
Firefly Arts are a charity based at Howden Park Centre in Livingston offering theatre skills, film and drama activity for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years across West Lothian. Their aim is to deliver quality and equitable arts activity to build confidence, aspiration, social and creative skills.
Kirsty Byers, Firefly’s Senior Theatre Arts Practitioner, said about the project:
Over the last the few months we’ve embarked on an amazing journey to discover more about our local river, The River Almond. We’ve been on many field trips down to the River using our cameras to capture it’s beauty and vitality. We’ve learned how to fish, otter spot and we’ve found creative ways to fill our wellies with water.