Ellie, a member of Creative Transitions, has written this week's blog post. Ellie joined Castaway's youth music and theatre groups from a young age and now attends a range of Castaway sessions. Ellie has played many leading parts in Castaway larger productions including Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family) and The Kolokolo Bird (Just So) and has begun writing many of her own original compositions as a singer/songwriter.
I started my Silver Arts Award in 2018 when I organised and ran a project called 'Mega Mix Musicals' where all the members of Castaway performed and sung songs from musicals we had done in the past as well as songs they wanted to. I completed my Silver Arts Award at the start of this year through the online creative transition sessions and I am now hoping to move on to do a Gold Award which I have started to look at. In one of the zoom sessions Alex Murdoch (Castaway Volunteer and MA in Writing for Performance and Publication) kindly came into the session and gave my advice about script writing. I found this very helpful for my original draft of a script 'The wedding Jitters' which I am hoping to direct as part of my Gold Arts Award when Castaway are able to meet back in our building.
Since being at Castaway I became more confident and now attend a few other groups outside of Castaway as well including 'Tuesday Night Music' ran through Junction Goole where I also volunteer, taking people's tickets etc. Recently, I was honoured to be asked to be featured in an article for the Goole Times based on local 'Inspirational Women' for international women's day.
During lockdown Me and my friend Shaun organised a project called S & E Productions, which involved me teaching myself how to edit videos of people singing songs which we upload to our own YouTube Channel. I also started a second YouTube channel called Songbirds which is an all female singing collective.