Creative commissions

Meet this year's creative commissioned artists, performers and exhibitors...

Wordfest is supported by a selection of commissioned artists funded by Creative Wakefield to showcase local talent and inspire involvement from local families. The festival is also partnered by a number of organisations who are contributing their expertise to the programme. Please note that booking is essential for the majority of events. All events are free to attend.

Words that Sing!

 

 
VenuesCharlie Wells Music

Airedale Library

Sandal Library

Pontefract Library

Featherstone Library

 

 


A series of music and rhyme and craft workshops for younger audiences will explore the lyrical sounds of our language for young families.

Charlie will be collecting their work and the everyday sounds of our library spaces and will be producing a soundscape to represent the festival and the words and thoughts of library users.

  

Overdue

 

 
VenuesCuckoos Egg Theatre written and directed by Paul Bateson

Castleford library

Pontefract Library

Horbury Library

Hemsworth Library

 

 


A new play for two actors set in a library.

Overdue looks at what to do with those young people who no-one knows what to do with.

A young excluded girl and a stressed out teacher with a passion for words given the job to work with him.

Over their sessions in the local library, they make a connection.

Suitable for audiences 12+ and adults.

Story Pots

 

 
VenuesStride Theatre

Airedale Library

Pontefract Library

Normanton Library

Featherstone Library

 

 

 


Live interactive storytelling for families with children of all ages including those with learning disabilities.

Join drama tutors from Stride Theatre and their young apprentices

on an exciting journey where families create their own unique story inspired by a pot of random props.

20-minute imaginative story sessions where a small number of families will take themselves an adventure never written before!

The resources used in these sessions have been developed by Stride Theatre's own team of young imagineers!

Performed in selected local schools.

Telling Tale Tales

 

 
VenuesTheatre Royal Wakefield

Airedale Library

Pontefract Library

Featherstone Library

 

 


Three traditional tales have been dramatised exclusively for WordFest and will be performed at selected libraries by a well-known actor and accompanied by a facilitator and a musician.

The Hare and the Tortoise (for ages 5-7)

Jack and the Beanstalk (for ages 7-11)

Thor vs. Loki: Thunder in Asgard (for ages 11-14)

They will be performed at three libraries on Saturdays in October. Booking is via the library and spaces are limited owing to social distancing; these productions will be filmed and shown online through the festival as well.

Attendees at the performances will then be invited to a series of workshops at the theatre in half term week. Music workshops during half term at the theatre are also available for young people 14-25+ with learning difficulties (the music workshops are bookable via the theatre).

Things People Say

 

 

16 October-31 November

 

Neon Workshops - Richard William Wheater

Above Neon Workshops - George Street, Wakefield

 

A flippant remark will be painstakingly emblazoned in to an unforgettable 6 x 4 metre neon sign.

This animated neon beacon will be visible day or night.

See how the artist works with specially recorded time-lapse installation recording online and surprise augmented reality feature.

 

The Storybox

 

 
VenuesCertainty of Chance Theatre directed by Stephen Brennan

Selected local schools

 

One box, a ticking clock, and a brand new piece of theatre. Storybox is a workshop for young people aged 7–11 that develops storytelling techniques, resilience, confidence and communication skills and teamwork.

The groups of children are given an opening line and a thematic brief, and a box of props, costumes and instruments.

Led by a professional practitioner, the group undertake a series of drama exercises and storytelling games to help them to create a new piece of theatre against the clock.

This piece of theatre is then shared to an invited audience.

Performed in selected local schools.

Unfinished Business exhibition

 

 
VenueBritish Library, Dreamtime Creative CIC

Wakefield Library

22 Oct – 24 Dec 2020

Pontefract Library

9 Jan – 21 Feb 2021

 



Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights, is a British Library Exhibition which is coming to Wakefield Library from 23rd October 2020. The free exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK today has its roots in the complex history of women's rights. Complementing this exhibition will be 'Suppressed Suffragists: Visible Visionaries' an Arts Council funded artistic response by local young men and women led by Dreamtime Creative and the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project.

Postcards from Wakefield exhibition

 

 
VenuePostcards from Wakefield project

Wakefield Library

1–15 Oct 2020


An exhibition of postcards hand-written by local people with positive wellbeing messages written as part of a mental health awareness project which began in 2019.

Christopher Nibble

 

 
VenuesTopsy Turvy Theatre

Airedale Library

Normanton Library

Hemsworth Library

South Elmsall Library

Horbury Library

Wakefield Library

Pontefract Library

Castleford Library

 

 

Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too) and told with Topsy Turvy Theatre's own blend of energetic storytelling, handmade puppets, original music and stunning scenery, Christopher Nibble is an uplifting story of one guinea pigs selfless undertaking to help halt the disappearance of the delicious dandelion forever!

Renewii Recycled events

 

 
VenuesRenewii Waste partnership

Horbury Library

Airedale Library

Hemsworth Library

South Elmsall Library

 

Reuse and recycle with Renewii to create some upcycled words by crafting something from junk paper products. A number of different workshops are on offer for different ages toddler to adult so try your hand at turning old words, books, newspapers, magazines into something new.