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Project information

NewMotion55 - Drama and Dance for older people.

To expand & promote our vibrant dance & drama classes for people aged 55+ by forming an in house dance & drama company called 'New Motion', based in our new creative learning studio, a legacy to film director Anthony Minghella.

January 2017 - June 2018

Charity information: New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth logo
  • Need


    We aim to overcome a lack of creative opportunities for older people in our area. Portsmouth has a reputation as a low achieving and low aspiration city with reduced life chances. We believe participation in the arts can and does contribute to mental & physical well-being but funding for this area is limited. New Motion will prioritise regular contemporary dance and drama classes, workshops and performance opportunities for this vibrant age group.


    Forming 'New Motion' gives our work with older people a positive identity which will increase their opportunities to develop and experience public performances. We offer them the chance to participate in dance and drama workshops with experienced professional practitioners. These classes and workshops enable the participants to learn new skills, explore their imaginations and create quality collaborative drama & dance pieces in a social, fun and creative environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Drama :
    Increase opportunities for older people to experience the thrill of writing & performance.


    » Run free taster sessions to encourage those new to drama they need no experience to join our groups. They can try writing a script and/or performing.
    » Increase the number of weekly groups who learn performance and backstage skills. Create a play in a day and be part of the end of course performance
    » Visit other theatres to show how the different forms of staging can impact a play such as theatre in the round, an end stage and a traditional stage.
    » Collaborate with other local theatre groups to create community performances in the Historic Dockyard, the City Cathedral & Portsmouth Festivities.

    What success will look like

    Our success will be measured by the numbers of participants, the active contribution of the group members and response to performances by audiences.

    Aim 2

    Dance :
    Offer 55+ more weekly classes, create new performance opportunities under New Motion banner


    » Create a new dance programme including contemporary dance and musical theatre for all levels & abilities from beginners to more experienced dancers.
    » Run three, week long workshops where dancers learn to create and choreograph a piece of new work and showcase it at the end of the course.
    » By taking our dancers to visit other centres of dance such as Sadlers Wells and Rambert. Meet and dance with class members from other companies.

    What success will look like

    The success of New Motion will be demonstrated by the numbers of new participants who take up our offer and find themselves empowered by the experience of new dance performances

    Aim 3

    To showcase the incredible work created by both the above groups under the New Motion banner.


    » Increase participation in local and regional events. Work in collaboration with other venues, theatres and festivals & create curtain raisers for NTR
    » Promote and market the final work of each drama/dance term to wider audiences through print and greater online presence.

    What success will look like

    By responses from print and social media. By audiences and success of group performances but most importantly by the members of the groups/classes. Their commitment and enjoyment

  • Impact


    We believe that New Motion will emphasis that older people can create exciting and innovative new work that will surprise and delight audiences across the country. That learning new skills over the age of 55 enhances confidence and well being. It challenges their own perceptions and those of others and confirms that being of a certain age can be stimulating, productive and thoroughly enjoyable.


    The main risk is our inability to attract and retain sufficient numbers of 55+ participants. We believe we have mitigated this risk as:
    1.We run highly successful drama and dance groups for 30+ men & women between 55 - 75 on which to build the project.
    2. We have dynamic professional practitioners of all ages who will give the participants confidence and enable them to develop their skills with a sense of fun, and work alongside world-class actors (Sheila Hancock) Choreographer (Matthew Bourne)


    Donors will be emailed on a weekly basis updating them with developments.We would also invite donors to performances/rehearsals. We have active social media accounts for our creative teams these would be used throughout the project. We will also aim to contact our donors by phone where possible

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,360

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,000 Artists/facilitator Fees Drama & dance practitioners, choreograpers
      £2,600 Admin Costs Admin costs/PRS/licences/contacts
      £4,200 Marketing Marketing for campaign to includeprint, digital & social media
      £2,000 Costume & props For drama & dance performances
      £4,000 Venue/equipment/PA Performances cost x 8 drama & dance
      £2,400 Coach Travel 3 x each group Travel for Facilitators/performers
      £3,160 Technical MInghella running costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Esmee Fairbairn £3,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The theatre sits in the heart of Portsmouth in the Charles Dickens Ward. An area which is in the bottom 3% of the UK in terms of social & economic deprivation. The area that surrounds the theatre accounts for nearly 30% of the city's unemployed and has three times the amount of violent crime, racial incidents, under age pregnancies and criminal damage than the rest of the city. On the index of multi-deprivation the area in which the NTR is situated has the lowest possible rating of 1.


    1.The participants, their families and the local community.
    2. NTR audiences who come to see original and vibrant work from a fresh perspective.
    3. Local and regional artists who engage in the project to help create a lively and engaging progamme of activities.
    4. Members of other drama & dance groups who collaborate with New Motion, enjoy the shared experience and welcome the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We believe we are the best placed charity to champion the creativity of older people. We have been running the NTR Players and NTR Dancers for the past year and have supported the work of older professionals and artists for a number of years. With the construction of our Minghella Studio complete we can continue to develop this work by extending our reach and ensuring older people are at the forefront of a vibrant arts sector.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Doye

    NTR Creative Producer, founder of New Motion. Producer and choreographer at Chichester Festival Theatre. University of Portsmouth lecturer in dance.

    Liz Weston

    Artistic Director of the New Theatre Royal adult drama group NTR Players.

    Caroline Sharman

    As CEO and Artistic Director of New Theatre Royal Caroline oversee's the artistic vision/direction of the project.

Class of 2016

" I get lost in the movement and lost in the music"

Diana Moon Arundel