Flow on The Go (Part 03)

Amber Waddy, member of firstsites young person led group ‘Y.A.K’ and also a member of the Flow Group. Amber shares an insight into the world of Flow, and what they have been up to over the last few months.

FLOW ON THE GO – What’s Happened And What’s To Come.

Greetings. Amber here, flow extraordinaire and reliable run around. I’m here to tell you about what has been happening in the world of Flow Group, and what kind of things you can expect to see from us in the coming months. We came from such small beginnings with nothing but a few toys and a small group of good friends. And now? We’re doing fire shows and running workshops around the local area. We’ve also gotten to make so many new buds along the way.

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On the 30th October we were given the opportunity to do a workshop for a great youth group in Jaywick. The afternoon was spent teaching the kids how to play with the toys and getting them excited and engaged. In the evening we did a small burn to demonstrate the kind of thing we do, and to promote The Winter Gathering. The kids had such a good time and learnt a lot of things. It was so nice to give back to the community and inspire such young minds.

November was all about hammering down on the plans for The Winter Gathering as there was plenty to be getting on with. We started refining the routines we’d made, we sorted out the catering, we started getting other local artists involved with the idea of stalls, we mapped out the area and did an inventory for all the equipment. The most exciting part of this however is the costuming for all the characters we will be playing. I myself will be a wolf and am having a custom headdress made. The others will also have bespoke apparel to dazzle you with!

On the 27th November we had the pleasure of doing a flow workshop for some of the students at Colchester Academy, along with Limitless founder Isaac. It was weird for myself as I’d attended the very same school 8 years ago! We weren’t all too sure how things would pan out as teens are always a tricky crowd, especially from certain local areas. I however soon ate my words as they were all very engaged with the toys and had a lot of fun. A few even had a lot of potential. Although the session only lasted an hour I’d like to think those kids learned something new, not only about flow but also about what they’re capable of.

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And here we are now. There’s a matter of days before the big event, the flow attendees have been coming in thick and fast, and all of us as performers have really upped our game and become much more experienced and are hungry for more action. Aside from the fire and the fun, we have a very simple but important aim. To engage young people with the arts, and to help develop them into the beautiful human beings we know they are. Flow has made such a large difference in my life and has been the one thing I can truly depend on.

A lot of the people who first started coming to the sessions had little guidance in their lives and their motivation to do anything significant was severely tainted. I’ve watched all of these people grow from the bottom up and I can’t tell you how proud I am of them all, especially our youngest members. They’ve really proved that not all teenagers sit around doing nothing, and that they are more than able to show the world what they have and then some! In terms of where this ship is heading only time will tell as there are many ideas in the pipeline. We are likely to do more workshops and may do some extra shows once winter has passed.

It’s been one hell of a year for the whole team, but it’s been enjoyable every step of the way. We can’t thank our crew and our supporters enough for their time and love. In time we hope to return the favour with bigger shows and regular workshops across the county. In the meantime, from me and my fellow flowsters, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a spectacular New Year. See you in 2015!

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