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CHOL Theatre

   
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www.choltheatre.co.uk
t : 01484 - 536008
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

  Editors' note: CHOL Theatre was started in 1990 and produced environmentally-themed work through 1997-8. CHOL was unique at the time for working with communities of people whose origins were in Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The company continues, but does not produce environmental work. The information below is what CHOL provided in 1999.

Ways of Working  
Practices
theatre company, performance and art, cross-cultural arts, puppetry, storytelling, celebrations, spectacles, street theatre, community arts, combined arts, collaborations, participatory drama, environmental education, Local Distinctiveness, guided walks, Environmental Interpretation, TIE, activist performances, site-specific drama, LA21, residencies
Audiences: children, young persons, community

Places
theatres, schools, community centres, heritage sites, workplaces, community woodlands, national parks, forestry areas, coastal areas

Recent Themes
sense of place, community woodlands, land regeneration

Vision  
'Chol' is Bangla for the sound of water lapping against the side of a boat.

CHOL is a group of professional artists of varying ages, cultures and religious backgrounds who make theatre and sculpture. For the past seven years, we have offered community projects and touring performances seeking to develop peace and understanding between people of different racial backgrounds. We have encouraged an understanding of 'wild' areas and an appreciation of animals, birds, plants and insects in the forgotten corners of industrial towns and moorland villages.

In over sixty projects, we have explored the feelings and history of the minorities, the visionaries and the neglected. We are working with multi-racial neighbourhoods for periods ranging from one week to many years, exploring environmental issues and life experiences. We are creating performances and art work with young people, responding to their hopes and aspirations. We create sculptures in woodland, architectural lanterns on street corners, puppet plays in living rooms and multi-lingual celebrations in community halls.

 
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Greening the Mountain
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1996
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A community woodland project which included practical environmental work. School children and families have planted 1500 trees with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. The events, for families and in schools included:
    > BTCV's "Flying Slug" project
    > Wild About Wilton - guided walks and celebration of the mature woodland at the Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park, Batley
    > Mountain Community Garden - a 'permaculture' garden has been designed for a site at the bottom of the Mountain, and the Environmental Task Force trainees are creating a stream and pond, while digging a ditch to solve the problems of waterlogging.
The Mountain Woodland Project was a partnership between Kirklees Countryside Unit, BTCV, CHOL Theatre, artiMEDIA, and the people of Dewsbury.

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greening the mountain
Greening the Mountain

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  CHOL Theatre
www.choltheatre.co.uk
t: 01484 - 536008

8 Queen Street
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
HD1 2SP

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