Leeds Playhouse “Fairy Poppins and The Naughty Winter Ghost” Visit DAZL
Filmed by Wayne Sables and funded by Leeds Community Foundation Healthy Holidays. The Leeds Playhouse spend a day with Dance Action Zone Leeds and their families in Middleton, Leeds. This film highlights their experiences of this wonderful Fairy Poppins and the naughty winter ghost show. This experience was supported by Leeds Community Foundation, Healthy Holidays Leeds. Film created by Wayne Sables Project.
The show was written by Robert Alan Evans and Directed by Alexander Ferris
“Maybe the tables have turned and it’s fairies who need to believe in humans now” Something magical is happening. In a street near you. Gather round as Henderson, Brown and Wallis, a trio of rambunctious travelling players, tumble out of a van with a tall tale to tell. With music, magic and very (very) bad jokes, let them transport you to the deep dark woods, where an 800-year-old forgotten fairy and a brave(ish) child called Freddy try to save spring from the freezing clutches of a naughty ghost. Hilarious and a tiny bit spooky for scaredy-parents (a lion roars softly more than once), why not join Fairy Poppins, Freddy – and three very silly storytellers – on this magical, meaningful adventure.
CAST Penith Henderson – Christopher Chilton Ascot Brown – Stephanie Rutherford Wallis – Kyle O’Gara
CREATIVE TEAM Writer – Robert Alan Evans Director – Alexander Ferris Set & Costume Designer – Katie Scott Sound Designer & Composer – Christella Litras Assistant Director – Keeley Lane Access Consultant – Ben Wilson
PRODUCTION TEAM Producer – Zoe Bailey Stage Manager – Michelle Booth Company Stage Manager – Steve Cressy Tour Coordinator – Fiona McCulloch-Exley Production managers – Judith Cloke / Steve Watling Technicians – George Bryant / Keiran Meadowcroft Props – Craig Patullo Wardrobe – Kirsty Blades Set Construction & Scenic Art – Leeds Playhouse Scenic Workshop Difference Engine Captions – Michèle Jackson
“DAZL gets the Royal Approval“ DAZL Awarded The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service.
Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service! The MBE For Volunteer Groups.
DAZL and their group of volunteers based in across Leeds have been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
DAZL is a dance and health organisation and charity supported by Leeds Public Health to improve the physical and mental health of the most deprived communities of Leeds. This year they celebrate 21years of supporting the communities of Leeds through dance as a creative pathway. Throughout the pandemic the DAZL Volunteers delivered dance sessions across the city, food parcels and vital support to communities.
DAZL is one of 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.
They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including an inclusive tennis club in Lincolnshire; a children’s bereavement charity in London; a support group those living with dementia and their carers in North Yorkshire; a volunteer minibus service in Cumbria; a group supporting young people in Belfast; a community radio station in Inverness and a mountain rescue team in Powys.
Representatives of DAZL will receive the award crystal and certificate from Ed Anderson, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from DAZL will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2022, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Melissa Peacock DAZL Volunteer says: “It is fabulous that DAZL have been awarded the Queens Volunteer Award. As a volunteer I get to see the inclusivity of all of the work they do. No one is left out all of society is included. Get involved and be part of the DAZL family. To give a small amount of my time each week has been returned to me tenfold in many ways. Skills I have learnt, support I have received and most importantly the joy of seeing the DAZL family grow”
Ian Rodley DAZL Director says: “ This is truly a honour and comes at a time where giving back to the communality is more important then ever. I am so thankful and humbled by this award and so happy that our volunteers have been recognised for everything they do for DAZL and the communities we serve.
DAZL Garden Groovers throughout the pandemic improving physical and mental health.
Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) are a community organisation, passionate about enabling young people from deprived areas of Leeds to be able to access the same opportunities of those in more affluent areas of the city. DAZL joined the StreetGames ‘network’ in 2017 and have been an engaging and enthusiastic partner ever since, delivering a range of interventions, accessing a variety of training workshops and often thinking outside the box for new and interesting ways to engage their audience.
Specifically in the Middleton, Belle Isle, and Burmantofts communities, their weekly Satellite Club sessions are dedicated to increase the activity levels of young people, particularly inactive girls. By using dance as an accessible, engaging tool to support the reduction in physical and mental health inequalities. DAZL has built a fantastic reputation within Leeds and positively impacts on the lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people. Part of DAZL’s success can be attributed to their model of support
ing and nurturing young people to become leaders within their own community. After accessing Satellite Club funding and support from StreetGames in 2019, DAZL were able to engage four new young dance leaders. South Leeds residents Amy, Cam, Madison and Sally have since been helping out at Satellite Club and other community sessions as a result. General participants are also given a part to play by taking ownership and having a voice in various workshops and sessions.
“Since being involved in StreetGames, this has inspired me to be more involved and active, I feel my inner and mental health has eased from dancing and interacting with people. I thoroughly enjoy the classes and I am always looking forward to the next session. Thank you for providing and giving me an opportunity to take part in something that I have a passion for.” Chloe Hayley – Dance Leader Final Year Degree Student.
School and Social Media Presence
DAZL are also embedded within local schools, delivering after school dance clubs and Mental Health and Resilience work using dance. As strong social media advocates, DAZL have built a strong presence online and use this alongside their school links to promote their sessions to young people and partners. Their social media know-how has proven valuable, as despite facing challenges with retaining a diverse and difficult group of young girls at a session in Burmantofts, they persisted with engaging them through social media and also generated more interest by releasing an online feedback video. This was also featured in the DAZL Talks podcast where the young people talked about how continuing taking part in physical activity has maintained their positive mental health and wellbeing. DAZL Talks | Podcast on Spotify
During the coronavirus pandemic, DAZL have been providing support wherever possible to their participants from delivery food parcels, providing virtual mentoring and keeping young people up to date on all the lockdown restrictions. DAZL created a outdoor social distancing dance program Garden Groovers where they took dance to 80 streets across Leeds, bringing the residents out to their gardens to be active.
Their live virtual sessions have been a success during the coronavirus pandemic, not only increasing activity levels but also providing a positive platform to improve mental health and wellbeing too. The groups also had the opportunity to share work in a live showcase.
As well as upskilling their coaches in ‘Mentoring young people in Community Settings’, four of DAZL’s young volunteers have taken part in StreetGames’ Level 1 Delivering Community Activities to Youth at Risk workshop, where they concluded with a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to real life funders and gained £500 for DAZL to run a youth led dance project.
DAZL are quick to advocate positive social change, recently showcasing their support for the Stonewall Rainbow Laces’s campaign, with many of their staff, coaches, volunteers and participants taking part. You can view DAZL’s campaign videos here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ODpcXIfd8Vw?wmode=transparent&rel=0&showinfo=0
Get creative and share your best moves as part of the RE:FRESH Feel Good Dance Challenge, hosted by DAZL! You can dance alone or with members of your household, to create and upload a short (under 50 seconds) routine to Instagram. Our panel of dance experts will be watching and sharing their favourites throughout the day!
Keep your eyes on the DAZL instagram for more information @danceactionzoneleeds
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many dance organisations across Yorkshire have cancelled live performances and platforms. We are aware of the impact this is having on children & young people across Yorkshire, so we have joined forces to bring you multiple opportunities within the RE:FRESH event to share, watch and take part in our digital dance festival running from 24th to the 27th March 2021.
RE:FRESH is a regional dance platform led by Yorkshire Dance in partnership with: CAPA College, Dance Action Zone Leeds, Dance United Yorkshire, Hull City Council, Kala Sangam, Leeds City College, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, One Dance UK, Phoenix Dance Theatre, RJC Dance and Yorkshire School Dance Festival
Throughout Easter DAZL has four activity offers for families part of the #LeedsHealthyHolidays program supported by Leeds Community Foundation.
Offer 1 – If you know anyone who may benefit from this please have them get in touch with the DAZL Team.
This covers the School Easter Holidays with support from Community Foundation and food provided by FareShare Yorkshire and Food Revival will be offering 120 FREE food hampers/ parcels for families who are eligible for free school meals. These hampers/ packs also come with activity packs for kids and family.
In 2nd week of Easter Holidays were also offering free outdoor dance/ sports activities too.. See below for detail or call 07519018675 or email [email protected]
Offer 2 – FREE activity camp (COVID Safe) for children eligible for free school meals. In partnership with Ace Leeds and supported by Leeds Community Foundation based at DAZL HQ, Middleton Community Centre, Leeds, LS10 4LF This is a 3days activity camp in the 2nd week of the Leeds school holidays. With x2 bubbles of 10 young people. You must book in advance and confirm you place and dates.
The camp will run 11-2pm each day Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 17th April 2021.
Offer 3 – Outdoor Social Distancing Dance Program across (South, East and West Leeds)
We are so excited to announce we will be back face to face dancing in the 2nd week of the Leeds Schools Easter Holidays. Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL with support from Leeds Community Foundation we are offering FREE for activities for families who’s children are eligible for free school meals.
Offer 4 – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (Garden Groovers)
YES! Garden Groovers is back! Let’s get the whole street dancing. No need to travel, we will come to you. Garden Groovers is supported by Leeds Community Foundation & StreetGames this 40min workshop is full of fun to the latest tunes. All activity is covid safe and follows social distancing guidelines. We aim to get the street moving and feeling good.
Please contact our Health & Community Facilitator Chrisie [email protected] or call/text 07519018675
Part of the #OurFamilyOurFuture program support by Wakefield Council, DAZL and Wakefield Home Start have joined forces to bring you “Picnic In The Park”
This is free provision for families who receive free school meals. Enjoy dance, sports, fun activities outdoors with the whole family. The sessions are 11-2pm each day Thornes Park, Thornes Rd, Wakefield, WF2 8QD Tue 30th March & 6th April. We will also be on Stanley Royd Fields, Eastmoor Rd (opposite Pinders Primary School )WF1 3SQ. Thursday 1st & 8th April
Please book your please with Donna from the Home Start team [email protected] or contact 07787823441
Fell free to download and share the flyers below via email or socials
The DAZL Digital Christmas Sharing “A Christmas Card to our DAZL Family” supported by Leeds Public Health, Leeds City Council Community Committee Youth Activity Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.
The 1hour show will be viewable from 18/12/2020
The sharing is a combination of digital and face to face work created in lockdown and throughout the pandemic. The Digital Christmas sharing also includes work funded by Leeds Inspired, Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds Housing Advisory Panel, Street Games Yorkshire and Wayne Sables Project.
Special thank you to our partners BARCA Leeds, ACE Leeds, Street Games, West Yorkshire Police, Fall Into Place Theatre and Carr Manor High School.