Think:Light Platform launches a new creative hub for artists and performers
Theatre, spoken word, communication and creativity are at the heart of this new arts organisation
In a world of budget cuts and penny pinching, where arts funding is hard to come by and you can’t even get a Freddo on the cheap, establishing new creative work is becoming increasingly difficult. That’s where Think:Light Platform comes in.
Established by Daisy Jorgensen and Louise Best, two graduates from the Guildford School of Acting, the organisation provides artists and performers with the opportunity to explore new creative ideas and concepts in a supportive environment.
Think:Light’s inaugural event, Another Way, took place earlier this month, and featured a host of emerging and established artists performing everything from spoken word, poetry and storytelling to live music, whilst raising money and awareness for the charity Empowering Woman of Nepal.
The motto of the platform is taken from Miyamoto Musashi's short work, The Path of Aloneness: ‘Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world', and is concerned with the idea that collaborating with the wider world is the key to success. With that in mind, the organisation isn’t just London-based, it’s taking on the world (well, Yorkshire).
In June, the company are taking an interactive pop-up children’s show Loopy Lou’s Pop-up Theatre Garden to The Homegrown Food Festival in Northallerton, before moving on to their first fully-formed production, Shakespeare’s Yorkshire, in July. This event will be taking place around the grounds of Jervaulx Abbey in East Witton, and is made up of an hour-long guided trail of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets, and songs.
Speaking to The List, Associate Artist Daisy Jorgensen said of the platform: ‘The current arts climate is a busy and hectic one with pressures coming in from all angles, be it funding cuts, audience numbers decreasing, or simply a lack of exposure for emerging work, and through various forms and events. Think:Light wants to combat those pressures, and continue to make things happen in spite of them.
‘The most rewarding thing about this process has been getting to collaborate and work with so many creative people with so much to offer. The generosity we have been shown from members of the arts community has been hugely humbling, and inspires a lot of hope in us for the future of theatre as we know it.’
Artistic Producer Louise Best added: ‘As I heard someone say the other day – if we stop making art now, there will be nobody to make art in the future. If we just keep entering the 'machine'/cattle mart that is this industry then there is a risk we stop being creative and remembering why we wanted to do it in the first place.