Cafe culture brews revolution in Leith

The cafe was always a place where you could go and talk about changing the world. But now a bigger change is happening; something that requires less talk and more action…

Action points: there’s lots of exciting stuff simmering below the surface which we are not quite ready to tell you about. But one festival event is ready and raring to go public.  Don’t miss The Legacy the latest Flashback Drama Group production during Leith Festival on June 17, 18 and 19 in Out of the Blue Drill Hall. Continue reading “Cafe culture brews revolution in Leith”

Smile please – you’re in Leith

All smiles: Maria Masur-Grieve and just visible behind her Marek Pietryzykowski

Politicians take note.  Sometimes the simplest ideas win the most hearts, minds and votes. Last night’s political drama in Fort Community Wing ended with a competition for a project to change life in Leith for the better.  And the clear winners of a small cash prize to make it happen were Maria and Marek for an idea that costs nothing to put into action.  Smiling Leith simply asks everyone to smile three times a day to a complete stranger.  Continue reading “Smile please – you’re in Leith”

Be the change (and win a prize to make it happen)

It’s not just make-believe.  Actors in Change – the political drama coinciding with the general election campaign –  will invite the audience to vote for changes they want to happen in real life.  But this election involves community organisations who work for positive change and the winning votes come with a small cash prize. Which is why ACTive Inquiry is inviting local groups to performances, starting with Thursday’s event in Fort Community Wing (see also last blog). This is where you come in… Continue reading “Be the change (and win a prize to make it happen)”

Change – a real life political drama at a theatre near you

“I’ve never seen anything like it! It is such an interesting and dynamic way to explore issues. I really liked how the audience interacted with and influenced the play.”

While politicians debate, a Leith community theatre invites local people to explore what positive change  means and how we can make it happen.  Change is the name of a unique theatre project which opens with a first performance at Fort Community Wing on Thursday 29 April  at 7 pm.

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Defining change in the theatre of politics

CHANGE – a theatre project during the General Election
Saturday 10th April 10am-1pm, Pilmeny Youth Centre, FREE

So what do we mean by change? Can we do more to change things than just voting every four or five years?  With questions like these, Leith-based theatre company ACTive Inquiry invites local people to help create a piece of real-life theatre exploring change for performance and debate –  deliberately timed to coincide with the General Election campaign.  Continue reading “Defining change in the theatre of politics”

Meet Jo (or Joe) the active citizen

Racing for life: picture by Nick Gardner

What is an active citizen?  If I was being very flippant I would say it is the kind of person who comes out on a Saturday morning to talk about the big news stories of the day.  No, not just talk.  Active citizenship in the ACTive Inquiry sense means moving, listening, looking, feeling and doing.  At one point I found myself crouching on the floor connecting with the lives – and deaths – of people thousands of miles away.  Continue reading “Meet Jo (or Joe) the active citizen”

Bad bankers lose out (if only)


Don’t just get mad, join the Newsgroup.

Bankers narrowly lost out to Afghanistan in the first Newsgroup workshop when Gavin Crichton asked people what news stories were making them angry.  What will be the burning issue for the second Newsgroup?  Come and find out at 10 am on Saturday 30th January in Pilmeny Youth Club. Be sure to bring your cuttings with you! Continue reading “Bad bankers lose out (if only)”

Shock horror, what’s the news?


Well, it looks like good news for the first News Group workshop anyway.  Gavin Crichton says there’s good response for the first current affairs workshop from ACTive Inquiry at Out of the Blue in Dalmeny Street on Saturday 28th Noember 10-12.  Meet in the cafe from 9.45 and bring a recent news story that has annoyed you in some way.  Continue reading “Shock horror, what’s the news?”

Join the News Group and start to change the world


Don’t let it get you down – come and turn the news into community action

How do we deal with the words and images bombarding us every day?   Leith Open Space is delighted to support ACTive Inquiry in a current affairs workshop with a difference. Here’s your chance to pull the news to pieces as we explore how to become active and influential participants instead of passive consumers of too much information. Make a note of the date: 28 November in the Old Drill Hall. Here’s the very ACTive Gavin Crichton to tell you why.. Continue reading “Join the News Group and start to change the world”