The Origin of Carmen Power, a project by Beyond Arts made in association with the Unicorn through our community REACH programme. It was available to watch online, for free, at Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival, until 17 Jan 2021.
This self-guided, digital quest for ages 7 - 13, playfully and sensitively explored the real-life cancer experience of a young girl called Carmen. Innovative theatre-maker Toby Peach, who also experienced cancer as a teenager developed this imaginative and often joyful story with Carmen in order to tell her story in her own words.
Unicorn REACH coordinator Shanti said 'The Origin of Carmen Power is an exciting collaboration with Beyond Arts, as it is a digital, interactive project that seeks to amplify the story of a girl who experiences cancer, directly with children currently in hospital care who have similar experiences'.
This collaboration is a wonderful opportunity to engage children and families who would not normally be able to access such a theatrical, interactive experience, so we're excited to support it as part of our Community REACH programme.'
The Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival seeks to shift perceptions of disabled people with audiences from across the world which is why it's a brilliant platform to share this project. I'm excited for Carmen's story to be included in the Unlimited programme as it will engage many more children and families in her journey.'
The Unicorn's Community REACH Programme aims to engage with children and young people who do not typically experience theatre and the creative arts. Working with communities from many different backgrounds, including young Refugees, young Carers, children with experience of foster care, children and families who access foodbanks, and others who have had adverse childhood experiences, REACH aims to champion the stories and experiences of children and young people from disadvantaged & marginalised backgrounds, through bespoke theatre and creative arts projects and opportunities to see Unicorn productions.