The Story so far
We began in Glasgow in 2013, staging our inaugural show and volunteering at the Glasgow City Mission soup kitchen. By mid-2014 we had developed and staged three shows in the space of two years, and that summer we ran the Mission's weekly theatre group. We are indebted to those we worked with at the soup kitchen. In our short time volunteering there, we learned that every project Vocal Point conceives must be accessible to all, no matter their standing or circumstance.
Upon relocating to London in 2015, we began volunteering at Waterloo Foodbank and 240 Project, a community centre for London's homeless and vulnerable. We established a weekly drama group at 240, the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership that continues to this day. We’ve expanded our weekly activities there to include a reading group, creative writing class and an art exploration club. Since 2017 we have had a partnership with St Mungo’s, holding a weekly drama group at their Southwark Recovery College and working at a number of their sites. In 2018, having been trained by The Reader, we began a weekly reading group for elders at Miranda House, Holland Park.
Vocal Point’s productions are developed to ensure they can be staged in any location. We create and perform in all types of spaces, but are particularly interested in working in non-traditional theatre spaces. Our shows tour community hubs, homeless centres, hostels and other spaces accessible to the marginalised, as well as auditoriums for the general public. When we do stage public performances, we always provide free tickets for attendees of centres and organisations we work with. Where we can, we give them a proper night out, providing a meal at a restaurant before the show.
This is what we believe in: everyone should be able to experience and enjoy art and culture, whatever their circumstance, whatever their income, and whatever their history.
partners And collaborators
glasgow city mission
gilmorehill theatre glasgow
candid arts trust
totally thames festival
st leonards church
brunel tunnel museum
CIEE global institute london
theatre of debate
St George the Martyr Church
sapphire independent housing
cottiers theatre glasgow
latymer christian centre
Abraham is a playwright, screenwriter and director from London. An alumni of the Royal Court Young Writer’s Programme, his theatre work outside of the company has been performed at the Arcola Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, RADA Studios, the Edmund Kean Theatre (London), the Cottiers and Gilmorehill Theatres (Glasgow) and Summerhall (Edinburgh). He has also written for and directed in Virtual Reality. In 2016, he wrote Ctrl, a VR drama which featured at Toronto International Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, and London Screenwriter's Festival, where he was a guest speaker. Ctrl was nominated for a Wired Innovation Award and a Proto Award. For Vocal Point he has written Mooring, Splintered, Bloom and The Brains of The Family.
Sophia is a London-based performer and producer from the Forest of Dean. For Vocal Point she has performed in The Brains of the Family and Splintered. Other theatre credits include: Theatre Revolution's Viota (Tron Theatre, Glasgow 2013) and Motherland by Nic Green (The Arches, Behaviour Festival 2012). Sophia has produced and managed interdisciplinary arts and entertainment festivals and events to include one of the 3 official entertainment stages for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games (The Brunswick Stage) and The Night Fair (SWG3, The Glue Factory, Glasgow 2014), as well as managing the launch of Breaking Bad-inspired pop-up ABQ (London, 2015). She currently works at the Southbank Centre as a producer.
Simon is a London based writer, performer and teacher. His work has been performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Studio, Hackney Empire Studio, The Place, Somerset House, Half Moon Theatre, Southbank Centre, the Totally Thames Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He runs a creative writing group for the homeless, socially excluded and vulnerable at 240 Project. He also facilitates two reading groups for The Reader, combatting loneliness and social isolation through literature. The Right Kind of Violence (2017) and Snap (2015) were both longlisted for The Bruntwood Prize, the former was also shortlisted by the BBC Writersroom (2018). In 2017 he was a finalist for the Galtelli Literary Prize for We Only Notice When It's Gone. For Vocal Point, Simon was co-writer and performed in Mooring.
The body of Vocal Point's work would not have been possible without the support of many generous individuals.
For their time, expertise and graft we would like to thank:
Jasmin Singh, Robert Scobie, James Oglethorpe, Victoria Harris, Greig Dickson, Aline David, Neil Murray, Sophia Akrofi, Ellie Youngman, Maxine Latinis, Ben Parish, Ellie Softley, Jack Webber, Taga Obano-Cox, Kremena Dimitrova,
Rachel Clare, Natasha Palamartschuk, Pawel Grzyb, Al Marshall, Sarah Borzillo, Slouch, Anna Sherbany, Mathew Foster.
For their financial support we would like to thank:
Arts Council England, Abigail Lawrie, Alessandra, Archie Pearch, Bel & Nev, Caine Marshall, Calum Lindsay, Charlie Whelton, Chris Huxley, Chris Teano, Daniel Kaplan, David Kaskel, David, Deborah Edwards, Edmee Sierts, Elizabeth Mary Ward, Elizabeth Waterhouse, Ella Loudon, Ellie, Eloise King, Fraser Reza Beyad, Gabriela Enis, Giles Fraser, Harriet Bolwell, Harriet Simms, Henrietta Park, Henry Langford, Jessica Cusack, Joan Withington, Kaison Williams, Katerina Pavlakis, Lara Taylor, Lény Richard, Liz Porter, Lucy Rose, Mal Clare, Mario Ruiz, Max Brown, Melina Theocharidou, Natalia Lucas, Nick Burge, Nicky Childs, Norman Dunsmore, Olivia Leat, Paul MacKay, Pete Short, Philip Watson, Rachel Clare, Rafaela Ricardo, Robin Patterson, Ros Fry, Rupert J West, Sara Thomas, Sarah, Sharon Coussins, Sophia Wyatt, Sultan, Susan Haug, Susie Lawrence, The Elfenworks Foundation, Yaz Arif.