Platform Community Programme

 I thought the performance on Friday was superb. It was wonderful to see Shallal performers in a professional, innovative and inspiring location that added to the experience of the audience and no doubt the performers, raising their performance to a new and wonderful level
Terry Stanton, Health and Social Care Manager, Volunteer Cornwall 

Since the Performance Centre opened in October 2010, Platform Community Programme has aimed to make sure that its world class facilities and resources here are accessible to the wider community as well as to staff and students. 

Thanks to support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, over the last ten months we have been working closely with some of Cornwall's most inspirational community performance groups, including the TR14ers from Camborne, a dance charity aiming to ‘’transform community through dance’’ in deprived or isolated areas of Cornwall, Shallal, an inclusive community based charity making dance theatre and related arts accessible to a wide range of people in West Cornwall, and the VProject, a Falmouth based project supporting emerging bands.
See latest work from the VProject here

So far, a total of 175 participants have benefited from a range of activities and support including:

  • Master classes and lectures from visiting companies,
  • Contemporary dance workshops with academic staff and students
  • Theatre workshops and question and answer sessions with students
  • Opportunities to watch both student and professional performances
  • Support  from experienced education co-ordinators and production staff
  • Access to rehearsal spaces and recording facilities
  • Full support of technical staff
  • Free/ subsidised transport and refreshments  

 The groups have worked closely with staff and students in the Performance Centre to create some exciting new work, which has been performed at 3 public performances at the Performance Centre and Eden Project, which together have been enjoyed by 3000 audience members.   

The Dance Leaders particularly enjoyed the space that they worked in at they do not even have mirrors in the space they work in.  By meeting your students, working with them, watching their performances and productions and working within the UCF community, all of the Dance Leaders are continuously working to raise their standards of dance.  They are using what they have learnt from their participation in the Project on a weekly basis and are building on this and this will then be cascaded to our younger members.  We are very grateful that we have had the opportunity to be a part of this project and feel that the lessons learnt from it will have a positive direct impact on the whole group.
Maryann, Project Co-ordinator, TR14ers Community Dance Team.