During lockdown, creativity struggled. The news was full of strife, and people were constantly reminded of global negativity. We had to reevaluate our world, and from that, we learned new ways of being creative.
Hawkwood had the honour of hosting the English Touring Opera as part of our artist residency. Their new project; Back into the World, was an opportunity to look at how that same new look at creativity worked.
“We arrived at Hawkwood with a new score to try out and a lot of questions to answer; does the piece reflect children’s experiences of the pandemic? Does the music support the drama? Is the piece the right length? And will the children leave feeling uplifted and confident?”
“Conceived as an antidote to the strict rules and anxious atmosphere of lockdown, Back into the World will be a celebratory adventure story for young audiences.”
As with all creative ventures in the time of Covid-19 their project started off virtually. It began as zoom meetings, google docs and a world of online collaboration. Then, with the help of Hawkwood, it became a creative venture in person. Proof that creativity can overcome difficulties and platforms to reach its final destination.