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Peshkar Productions

Peshkar is a multi-platform, participatory arts organisation based in Oldham. Its programme is based on a track record of 21 years of delivering excellent art and prioritising the needs of hard to reach and seldom heard young people across the region and beyond.

The programme is underpinned by a commitment to excellence in participatory performing arts practice and framed around values of participation, inspiration, innovation and progression.

Peshkar supports its participants to progress to a higher level of arts engagement either as audience members, cultural content producers, emerging artists or arts professionals.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £75,357
  • 2013-2014: £77,090
  • 2014-2015: £79,095

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Address of Choice : The Show : Part 1

Part 1 of the Address of Choice digital-theatre piece.

In 2009 I was approached by Peshkar Productions to join them in their future approach to theatre with particular reference to the development of digital performance and workshops.
Working with Jim Johnson from Peshkar we developed a series of community based workshops into 'Address of Choice' a digital installation theatre piece which celebrated the town of Oldham. Installed in a Victorian arcade by the admirable ADBlive the play was delivered in 3 'stages', each one a box of projection screens. The plot involved an alien who gathers information about the town she has crashlanded nearby. Using cameras, webcams, LED lights and lighting the performance lasted 20minutes. The audience was gathered on the spot - mostly from McDonalds - as an exercise in impromptu eventing.

peshkar : Address - visitor test : Roofslices

With Peshkar Productions. This piece of film was created as part of the development of a multi-media theatrework. The piece was performed in OLdham town centre and took the form of a guided series of interactions with a character called the Visitor - never stated but presumably a vistor from another world - who collects words and images from the audience. This clip was used as part of the introduction to the Visitor - a possible descent and landing on Earth.

Filmed by Tristan and Bex

Peshkar Productions : Address of Choice : Part 2

Part 2 of the Address of Choice digital-theatre piece.

In 2009 I was approached by Peshkar Productions to join them in their future approach to theatre with particular reference to the development of digital performance and workshops.
Working with Jim Johnson from Peshkar we developed a series of community based workshops into 'Address of Choice' a digital installation theatre piece which celebrated the town of Oldham. Installed in a Victorian arcade by the admirable ADBlive the play was delivered in 3 'stages', each one a box of projection screens. The plot involved an alien who gathers information about the town she has crashlanded nearby. Using cameras, webcams, LED lights and lighting the performance lasted 20minutes. The audience was gathered on the spot - mostly from McDonalds - as an exercise in impromptu eventing.

Peshkar Productions : Address - Tommyfield Market Sliced and diced

In 2009 I was approached by Peshkar Productions to join them in their future approach to theatre with particular reference to the development of digital performance and workshops.
Working with Jim Johnson from Peshkar we developed a series of community based workshops into 'Address of Choice' a digital installation theatre piece which celebrated the town of Oldham. Installed in a Victorian arcade by the admirable ADBlive the play was delivered in 3 'stages', each one a box of projection screens. The plot involved an alien who gathers information about the town she has crashlanded nearby. Using cameras, webcams, LED lights and lighting the performance lasted 20minutes. The audience was gathered on the spot - mostly from McDonalds - as an exercise in impromptu eventing. This component was compiled by members of Peshkar Youth who videoed coloured objects in Tommyfield market which I treated and composed in Premiere.

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Peshkar Productions : Octoberfest : Percussion

As part of 'Life in a Northern Town' a major media project for Peshkar Productions that I developed in Oldham during 2009. This was a 3 day 'autumn-school' for young people interested in media creativity. To free up the creative muscles we asked Iain Mellor to run a percussion workshop, 1st on drums, then on the fabris of thr building - and filmed the results on mobile phones, which were then compiled with Premiere.

FUSE ON - RAPVID

On the 2nd week at Fuse On, 3 kids were curious about the project but needed convincing - so I found they were rap fans and we set out to make a 'rap' video. One of them really got into the walking shots, and he and the others filmed the fire escape from as many angles as possible.
All shot on mobile phones.

Shifting Sands - Shadows

Shifting Sands was a Creative Partnership project to bring together two Oldham schools, Breeze Hill and Counthill who will be merging in the near future. As part of this we delivered two sessions in the Grid - firstly creating aesthetic pieces, finding a colour for instance and filming it, then in the second session looking at journeys, space and environments.

Peshkar Productions : 'Fuse On' video - Rapology

During the Life in a Northern Town project with Peshkar I was sked to work with a a range of different groups. 'Fuse On' is a voluntary group of young people from Oldham who meet on a Sunday and take part in a number of different activities. 3 of the lads were interested in rap and so we set out to make a video in a rap stylee. I had checked out the fire escape in the Lyceum already and with a littte tweaking and some cool walking shots we created what I think is a very good piece. Music by the Subsense Collective.

Life in a Northern Town : Trust Exercises

The 'pervasive gaming' group went out on the streets of Oldham and ran some trust exercise amongst themselves. Though initally nervous, they soon got into the swing of the exercise and this grid shows the results.

Shifting Sands - GREEN

Shifting Sands was a Creative Partnership project to bring together two Oldham schools, Breeze Hill and Counthill who will be merging in the near future. As part of this we delivered two sessions in the Grid - firstly creating aesthetic pieces, finding a colour for instance and filming it, then in the second session looking at journeys, space and environments

Shifting Sands - LINES

Shifting Sands was a Creative Partnership project to bring together two Oldham schools, Breeze Hill and Counthill who will be merging in the near future. As part of this we delivered two sessions in the Grid - firstly creating aesthetic pieces, finding a colour for instance and filming it, then in the second session looking at journeys, space and environments

Peshkar Productions : Shifting Sands - RED

Employed by Peshkar as a component on their Shifting Sands project. This was a Creative Partnership project to bring together two Oldham schools, Breeze Hill and Counthill who will be merging in the near future. As part of this we delivered two sessions in the Grid - firstly creating aesthetic pieces, finding a colour for instance and filming it, then in the second session looking at journeys, space and environments

Peshkar Productions : FUSE ON - WALKONBY

Another Life in a Northern Town video : 2nd session of Fuse On. I had only a few minutes with each group and with these lads I gave them 2 rules, then sent them into town - this was the result - fabulous!

Peshkar Summer School : Jon Squires Rusty Morning

Peshkar Productions set up a Summer School. Although young person numbers were not high we had a great time, and produced a range of exciting outcomes which culminated in a town-centre shop installation.

Here Chloe, Louise and Lauren explored the Gallery and found Jon Squire (of Stone Roses fame) had left some interesting objects on display. This is the Grid of that discovery.

Peshkar Productions : Life in Northern Town : Meninhos Grid

Peshkar Productions workshops covered many diverse groups, as part of LIANT I ran workshops with Meninhos an excellent drum group linked to the Brazilian organisation of the same name.

Peshkar Productions : Summer School : Shop

The final day of Peshkars AV/theatre summer school in Oldham. Oldham council gave us a shop to play with, so we filled it with red ballons - inspired the by the eponymous film - and gave them away in return for memories of the town. We also showed the work we had been creating and ran open Kaossilator demos (many v. curious dads). This is a grid based on the day.

Life in a Northern town : We Made this!

My Video of the DIY event taking place outside our shop installation/intervention on the final Saturday of the LIANT summer school.

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The Old Museum, Greaves Street
Union Street

Oldham
OL1 1DN

53.540451, -2.10765

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