Block 2 – Drama, Oral History & Guided Tours

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20th August – 30th November

Olivia Jones, Kensal Voices Ambassador: “In such a short time, I’ve met so many lovely, inspiring people who support and encourage me to learn and develop new creative skills”

After a very successful launch in spring ’13 Kensal Voices continued its exciting journey into the forgotten past of Kensal House at the end of August. Block 2 of Kensal Voices was particularly busy covering a multitude of disciplines such as costume and set design, filmmaking, drama, and oral history and offering a huge variety of activities and workshops led by industry professionals.

Participants …

… took part in Textile and Product Design Workshops at the V&A

… devised a taster performance set in 1937 in the Community Rooms of Kensal House re-imagining a snapshot from the past. Check out the photos here!

… explored the fashion and style of the 30s with professional designer Libby Todd and created costumes for characters they developed for the taster performance

… gained some filming and editing skills with the guidance of professional filmmaker Susanne Dietz

… attended Oral History Workshops with playwright and author Rib Davis gaining interview and journalism skills

… created oral history testimonies with current and former residents of Kensal House

… went on a guided tour of the Barbican Centre led by the Twentieth Century Society

… received guided tours training at the V&A

… developed and led guided tours of Kensal House. Click here to see our young guides in action!

… worked towards Bronze and Silver Arts Awards

The guided tours led by the young people involved in Kensal Voices were attended by over 60 people and received some fantastic feedback:

“A really great tour – it really brought the estate to life and helped to imagine how life would have been when it was first built. It has made me want to find out more!”

“Thank you so much for such an inspiring guided tour! I learned so much about the history of Kensal House but also was impressed with the enthusiasm that our guides displayed.”

“I loved it! The aunties were brilliant and the cool dude leading the tour was great too. I learnt so much. “


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