Indepen-dance 4 is delighted to be back out on tour in February and March with Four Go Wild in Wellies, its award-winning show for 3-5 year olds. Featuring bobble hats, scarves, tents that have a life of their own and, of course, lots of fun in wellies, the show has been described by The Herald in its 4-star review as ‘a very clever dance piece’.
Four Go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at the joy of inventiveness and curiosity; the negotiation of social structures; how friendships are built, broken and mended; the spectrum between collaboration and competition; play that emerges from interaction with each other and with the world around including, particularly, the natural world.
The show has been created with the company by director Anna Newell (2017 Tonic Theatre Award winner for ‘women who are changing the face of UK Theatre’), award-winning composer David Goodall and choreographer Stevie Prickett, a team who have worked together for more than 20 years creating work for younger audiences.
Indepen-dance 4 are gaining a reputation for innovative and high quality touring productions. Its four dancers – Hayley Earlam, Emma Smith, Neil Price and Adam Sloan – have worked with some of the UK’s leading choreographers and musicians over a number of years. For this tour, Julie Spence will replace Emma Smith for the performances at the Waterside on Sunday 24 February and at Gosforth Civic Theatre on Monday 25 February. Blair Flucker will replace Neil Price at Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Saturday 9 March and Macrobert Arts Centre on Sunday 10 March. He will also replace Adam Sloan at The Atkinson on Saturday 16 March and at Z-arts on Sunday 17 March.
Joan Knight studio, Perth Theatre | Sat 2 Feb | 10am + 11.30am | £7.50/£5 | 01738 621031 | horsecross.co.uk
Lochgelly Centre (Fife) | Sun 3 Feb | 11am + 2pm | £6.50 | 01592 583303 | onfife.com
Luton Library Theatre | Wed 20 Feb | 11.30am + 2.30pm | £5 | 01582 878100 | lutonculture.com
The Grand (Clitheroe) | Fri 22 Feb | 11am + 2pm | £6/£5 (adv) | 01200 421599 | thegrandvenue.co.uk
Waterside (Sale) | Sun 24 Feb | 11am + 2.30pm | £7/£5 | 0161 912 5616 | watersidearts.org
Macrobert Arts Centre (Stirling) | Sun 10 Mar | 2pm | £9.50 | £34 (Wee Group Saver) | 01786 466666 | macrobertartscentre.org
The Atkinson (Southport) | Sat 16 Mar | 1pm + 3pm | £8/£6 | £24 (family ticket) | 01704 533333 | theatkinson.co.uk
Z-arts (Manchester) | Sun 17 Mar | 11am (relaxed perf) + 2.30pm | £9/£6 | 0161 232 6089 | z-arts.org
The Livingstone Medal is named in Honour of David Livingstone, the famed missionary who worked to address inequality in parts of Africa during the 19th Century. And since the award was bequeathed in 1901, it has developed an incredible heritage of its own, becoming one of the Society’s most prestigious honours.
As such, Alice’s name will be added to an illustrious list of previous Livingstone Medallists including Ernest Shackleton, Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong and, more recently, Annie Lennox and Mary Robinson.
Commenting on the award Alice said:
“I want to thank the RSGS from the bottom of my heart for this incredible recognition. It’s particularly special to be recognised as the lesser-known, younger and female co-founder of Social Bite. Though we, of course, don’t do the work we do for awards, it truly leaves a profound feeling of unity and support to receive such a prestigious Medal.”
Founded in 2012, Social Bite began life as a small sandwich chain in Edinburgh. But it was no ordinary sandwich chain – as customers bought their food they could “pay forward” a meal for a homeless person to collect later. It was good food for a good cause.
From these humble but thoughtful beginnings, Social Bite has gone from strength to strength, focussing the national spotlight on this important social issue, one meal at a time.
Today, the charitable enterprise comprises a high-end restaurant in Edinburgh with the same “pay it forward” ethos as the sandwich shops. And a large proportion of their staff are now made up of people who have, in the past, directly experienced homelessness. Social Bite has also developed a supported village in Edinburgh to allow 20 homeless people each year to find their feet and begin a journey back into society. And, of course, it also runs regular “Sleep Outs” in cities across Scotland to fund their charitable aims.
Reflecting on her exciting journey with Social Bite, Alice commented:
“From a life-changing trip to Bangladesh, to painting our first shop, to employing our first ever person suffering from homelessness, and the incredible array of projects Social Bite is now responsible for – our journey has been a whirlwind of false starts, long days and ignoring the word ‘no’ repeatedly, which has been both challenging and great fun!”
But she also made a point of celebrating her long-time business partner, Josh Littlejohn:
“My co-founder Josh is something of a crazy genius. He has brought me great inspiration and support over the years – and I hope I have for him too.”
Commenting on the award, Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the RSGS said:
“Through the offer of food, training, jobs and accommodation, Social Bite has helped break the cycle of exclusion faced by many homeless people, and done it in a way which provides respect and protects their dignity. But, perhaps more importantly, Social Bite has forced the issue of homelessness up the political agenda and made us all reconsider our response to this age-old problem.
“We’re delighted to be able to celebrate Alice’s contribution to this wonderful enterprise, and I hope this recognition will encourage her in her next adventures. We look forward to working with her as she continues to promote and enact positive changes across Scotland.”