A project with young people aged 18-25 from Coventry and Warwickshire who are not in employment education or training.
Transformations is a 6 month co-creation programme with artists and engineers which aims through theatre, design and construction to develop the confidence skills and capabilities of all the young people involved.
Created with young people working with Imagineer, this powerful and emotive performance was originally produced for The Festival of Imagineers (Summer 2015). This is an uncompromising ensemble piece about the human struggle for freedom against powerful oppression and dictatorship. Staged simply but with striking visual images this story is one of human endeavour, fortitude, resolution and new beginnings.
Liberty was created with the generous support of Medwell Hyde and funded by Talent Match and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Daimler Powerhouse: The War Years.
Imagineer Productions were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to fund this project.
The project explored the history and heritage of the Daimler Powerhouse and the impact the Daimler works had on the First World War, the city and the country. Research carried out locally and at the Imperial War Museum included interviews with local families with a connection to the factory. Based on this research Imagineer Productions created a site-specific performance, created and produced by the Transformation Group, on 15-17 September 2016, in and around the Daimler Building on the Sandy Lane Business Park in Radford, Coventry. Research undertaken by the group unearthed the story of Henry Lawson and how he acquired a former cotton mill in Drapers Field and the Coventry Motor Mills was born. Considered to be the genesis of Motor car production in Great Britain it went on to become the Daimler Works. Within a month of the First World War being declared Daimler supplied 300 vehicles for army use. Daimler also became the leading commercial engineering firm in Britain to enter into aero engine and aeroplane manufacturing. In 1915 they reached an agreement with the War Office to lease part of their Radford land to erect an aerodrome. During the war years they built, supplied and developed vehicles, engines, tanks and aeroplanes and munitions. They produced more 12” shells than any other factory in the country!
“Wow, wow, wow. Saw an incredible performance tonight about the First World War set and performed in the old Coventry Daimler building….”
Siobhan Harrison – BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
“What a performance a true history of Coventry 1st WW and the part Daimler played in it, wish it could be put on a bigger stage so all Coventry folks could have the chance to see it, well done to all.” Audience comment.
The project has been supported by Talent Match, Valley House and The Heritage Lottery Fund.
Imagineer is delighted to announce a three year grant from The Jumping through Hoops Programme to support Transformations 3 4 and 5. The programme will begin in February 2017. We are looking for young people aged 18-30 who are currently unemployed and looking to train with Imagineer in creative, performance and constructive arts. Please email Beth Allum Bethanie.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Work began on this project in January and will be completed in July 2017. Artworks created by this extraordinary group of young people will appear in the City during the summer as if by magic ! Transformations is a performance, art and constructive project with young people who are not in employment education or training. The aim of the project is to build competences for work – self- confidence, entrepreneurship, perseverance and teamwork through working with professionals from a range of creative disciplines on an authentic commission. This innovative model of work will be showcased during The Festival of Imagineers.