Belongings

By Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree 

For 7-11 year olds

 

"highlights the importance of play as a positive force: a means of self expression, for learning, companionship, challenge and teamwork.” 

(Everything Theatre)

 

We are all trying to work out our story. Who are we? How are we shaped? Where do we fit in? 

   

Cleo arrives into a new home, unsure of what the future holds. She meets the playful Bertie, who brings her out of her shell, and Leila, who she has more in common with than she first thought. 

 

Life has been unsettled for the trio: Bertie is pushing towards the future, Leila is trying to reconnect with her past and Cleo is searching for answers. 

 

Together they balance, dance and climb to navigate imagined worlds, divided loyalties and loved ones far away. They unite to discover a place called home, the value of play, and together, learn how to own their own stories. 

 

Developed through working creatively with young people in care over a period of years, this "inspiring, engaging, beautifully evocative production” (Everything Theatre) explores a fundamental need we all share - the need to belong.

 

Nominated for Two Off West End Awards (Best Production, Best Performance by an Ensemble).

 

Read Catherine Love's article about the process and performance of Belongings here

past dates

Dates

  • May 31sttoJun 1st2024

    The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

    PL1 2TR, Plymouth -

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  • May 25th2024

    Curve Theatre (part of Spark Arts Festival)

    LE1 1SB, Leicester -

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  • Apr 14th2024

    Brighton Dome

    BN1 1UE, Brighton -

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  • Apr 3rd2024

    Exeter Northcott Theatre

    EX4 4QB, Exeter -

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  • Mar 2nd2024

    South Street Arts Centre

    RG1 4QU, Reading - United Kingdom

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  • Feb 25th2024

    Watermans Arts Centre

    TW8 0DS, London -

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  • Feb 23rdto24th2024

    The Egg - Theatre Royal Bath

    BA1 1ET, Bath - United Kingdom

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  • Mar 21stto25th2023

    Brixton House

    SW9 8GL, Brixton -

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  • Mar 18th2023

    ARC

    TS18 1LL, Stockton on Tees -

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  • Mar 9thto10th2023

    Half Moon Theatre

    E1 0ND, London - 10.30am & 1.30pm

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  • Mar 4th2023

    Gulbenkian Arts Centre

    CT2 7NB, Canterbury -

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  • Feb 25thto26th2023

    Polka Theatre

    SW19 1SB, Wimbledon -

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  • Jun 24th2022

    The Gulbenkian

    CT2 7NB, Canterbury -

  • Jun 17th2022

    Hat Factory Arts Centre

    LU1 2EY, Luton -

all 31 people

Creatives

Audience feedback

“ Thank you, I felt what you felt ” - Audience member, aged 10 - “ It reached my heart ” - Audience member, aged 8 - “ I actually loved watching my girls being so engaged and they also cuddled (not siblings) for the first time. Made me cry!!! Really good to see these topics addressed thoughtfully in the theatre without ‘traditional’ stereotypes. Specifically visited as both my children are adopted. ” - Audience member -

Reviews & Press

" So much more than theatre, Belongings is an outlet for therapy, a joyful celebration of childhood play, an articulation of resilience and a message that children in care can find their place in the world. "

everything-theatre.co.uk

 

" It’s brilliantly done, managing to be extremely relatable for children with no experience of the care system while giving them a rare insight into the reality of life in foster care. "

TheFamilyStage.co.uk

 

 " There are more than 92,000 children in care in the UK. They still face stigma and a lack of understanding… but one play aims to change that. "

 - The Big Issue

 

“An exploration of what ‘family’ looks like to three young people brought up within the care system, Tangled Feet and Rowan Tree‘s Belongings beautifully amplifies the voices of the often unheard – and contributes an honest look at the impact of these challenging circumstances.” 

- Theatre FullStop

 

Belongings Venue Information Pack

Download: Belongings Venue Information Pack here

 

 (see below for EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE PACK)

They supported this Production

Arts Council England
Rowan Tree Dramatherapy

Resource Pack & Belongings Article

#BelongingsPlay #Dramatherapy #Mindfulness #Thoughts #Feelings #Discussion

#Article #News 

Download: Belongings Resource Pack here Download: Belongings Article by Catherine Love

News

News

Aug 17th 2022

Belongings – Rowan Tree Dramatherapy

by Bryony Brooker & Justine Staley   An idea   First of all, I want to say I love my job and after working with Tangled Feet, I love my job with rejuvenated enthusiasm, a bag full of shiny tools, an insurmountable pride in our young co-creator team, and new possibilities of what we can bring to our work.   Just as a bit of background, Justine and I are directors of Rowan Tree Dramatherapy. Founded in 2013 as a Community Interest Company, we provide a Dramatherapy Service across Kent where we are committed and dedicated to working within the community to ensure Dramatherapy is both accessible and useful. We work extensively with young people, many of whom who do not live with their birth parents. Thanks to Children in Need, we have been able to offer fully funded group therapy each year for the past seven years to Children in Care. With each group, we create a space together that offers the potential to experience a sense of belonging that they have agency over moulding, shaping, and making their own. They have a voice, they are heard, and their feelings and emotions are validated. However, outside the therapy room, all too often these young people have had no choice and no voice, in what has happened in their past, and sometimes in their present, we always strive to support agency and wondered how could their voices become tangible?   Together, we tentatively considered how a piece of therapeutic theatre could be created and how this might look. We knew we did not have the knowledge or skill set to create the vision we had (it had to be spot on) and knew that it would take a theatre company that had great integrity and experience to pull this idea off.   

more
  • So much more than theatre”

    So much more than theatre”

    Everything Theatre
  • Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic”

    Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
  • a truly transformative experience”

    a truly transformative experience”

    Children's Theatre Reviews
  • Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    Tangled Feet, the masters of physical theatre”

    The Independent
  • inspiring, engaging… beautifully evocative.”

    inspiring, engaging… beautifully evocative.”

    Everything Theatre
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