Birmingham Hippodrome, in partnership with Open Theatre Company, are currently working with staff and young students from Queensbury and Hallmoor Secondary Special Schools, The Pines Primary Special School, and One of A Kind theatre company - a group of young people with learning difficulties - to produce a short film called Nobody Nose.
Nobody Nose, which will receive its world premiere at The Electric Cinema, Birmingham on 2 July 2015, follows the success of Queensbury Capers, a silent black and white film created by Birmingham Hippodrome and Open Theatre Company in 2014.
In total 60 students aged between 7 to 19 years have been working with artists, film makers and drama practitioners on a series of workshops including 2D and 3D film-making, animation, prop and visual art sessions, script writing and drama sessions.
Part of Hippodrome Plus, Nobody Nose is inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s book The Nose. One of Gogol’s well-known tales, it tells the story of a minor Russian official who awakens to discover that his nose is missing. To his dismay, he later sees his nose masquerading around town in the guise of a state councillor.
Nobody Nose takes themes from the book and re-imagines the story as seen through the eyes of young people with learning disabilities. Star of the film is a giant nose made by young actors from One of A Kind which they took out and about to various locations across the city centre.
Liz Leck, Birmingham Hippodrome’s Creative Learning Manager said “It has been a fascinating process watching how all the children and young people have engaged with the concept of what it would be like to have no nose and how it feels to be different. The story has developed from their ideas and their imagination working with Richard Hayhow to explore their stories through drama.
Liz continued “The project will help participants develop their film-making skills, encourage creative expression, and help build confidence and self-esteem.”
Nobody Nose will receive its world premiere on 2 July at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema, the oldest working cinema in the UK, and will be attended by families, staff and students and other special schools.
Nobody Nose is funded by Birmingham City Council and Eveson Charitable Trust.