Tall Tales of Mud and Mischief
Room 13 International has teamed up with Bright Productions to stage two exciting public events this summer, each leading to the creation of an intriguing temporary artwork in an urban setting.
Members of the public, young and old, will be invited to collaborate with lead artist Richard Bracken to construct ‘the best den ever’ while storytellers and performers will be on hand to capture public reaction to this activity, gathering stories and memories of mud and mischief, weaving new tall tales and generating much laughter and a few surprises along the way!
These events have been devised in response to a brief from Highland Play Improvement Group, aimed at engaging people in play and exploring the benefits of play, while challenging people’s views on play in public places.
The first event will take place in Cameron Square, Fort William, on Saturday 4th July 2015, 11am – 3pm. This will mark the start of a campaign to promote and encourage den building and unstructured play activities in communities Highland-wide throughout the summer, culminating with a principle event in Falcon Square, Inverness on Saturday 1st August.
Children and adults alike can participate all summer long by posting photos of their own den building exploits or sharing their childhood memories of mud and mischief to the online campaign using the tag #mudnmischief.
Room 13 International, Bright Productions and Highland Play Improvement Group are being supported by Highland Council to deliver these events and will collaborate with community partners including Nevis Radio, Dramafish Studios and Youth Highland to promote the campaign and gather stories of Mud & Mischief via social media and other local channels.
Cath King, Chair of The Highland Council Play Improvement Group / Play Highland says: 'These events offer an exciting opportunity to enable adults to remember what it felt like to be children involved in free play, away from adult supervision, allowing them to take appropriate risks and develop the skills needed for adulthood.'