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Imagineer works with other creative organisations, local authorities, festival and event producers and businesses on new projects which excite us and where we have opportunities to pass on our skills and expertise.

Recent projects include:

  • The MOTHS project (Museums on the High Street) with Worcestershire Museums Service (2014)
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the RSC – Shakespeare’s birthday celebration the peoples procession (2015)
  • Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham City Council – War Bride with Birmingham and Frankfurt choir (2015)
  • Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Council, Northern Ireland – Feasibility study into the creation of a new giant, the goddess Macha and festival as part of a major tourism initiative (2015/16)
  • REACH commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust for The Godiva Festival (2016) created by Kathi Leahy.
  • Daimler The War Years (September 2016) the first site specific performance to take place inside Daimler Powerhouse looking at the role the factory and its workers had during WW1. The project was researched, written and directed by Kathi Leahy in collaboration with Transformations 2 project and performed by a professional and community cast. This project was funded by Talent Match and The Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Operation Migration. Working in partnership with Students from BOA, Allens Croft Primary School, Nelson Mandela Primary School & Sacred Heart Primary School presents the beautiful and true story of one man’s extraordinary endeavour to teach a gaggle of orphaned geese to fly and to follow his ultra light aircraft on a successful migration. William Lishman, ‘Father Goose’ is an award winning inventor, sculptor, film maker and naturalist recipient of the ‘Us National Wildlife Federation Award’ and ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ Award for Creativity ( former recipients include Walt Disney and Neil Armstrong) and his heart warming story will be brought to life through a visual feast of puppetry, dance, and inventive design.  Created and directed by Kathi Leahy with production designs, costumes and construction by Brenda Buis and John Leahy in collaboration with Monday Night Makers and apprentices at The Premier Group. This project was commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome as pa of The Summer at Southside Festival (June 2017)

War Bride

A dynamic visual and physical performance to an emotive underscore and voice over.

The War Bride costume is symbolic –  A long train covered in letters, poppies and photos of soldiers. The costume dramatically transforms into a giant poppy during the performance. The War Bride stands silently as a monument to War. Two young ‘pals’answer the call of recruitment and  volunteer together, train together, and journey together to the theatre of War. Out of the silence the sound of a whistle and a day that will change their lives forever.

A story of love, loss, comradeship and ultimately hope.

Costume Designed and Created by Anna Lewis

Created and directed by Kathi Leahy – Imagineer Productions

             

Currently Touring

  • Godiva
  • Reach
  • Winters tale will be available for touring from summer 2017

 

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