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Image: Previous work made by OddManOut – Encountering the Other (2017) Image by Scott Akoz

The coronavirus crisis hasn’t stopped OddManOut, a new-works theatre company based in Darlington, from curating their latest project entitled It’s All Happening Here. As part of Darlington Borough Council’s New Town Commission, the project will see OddManOut working collaboratively with the people of Darlington using online workshops and tutorials.

Set up in 2013 by Katy Weir and Scott Young, OddManOut’s ethos is centred around engaging with local communities. With a strong focus on social impact and cultural change, OddManOut believes that their theatre should reflect rather than inform.

Using this notion of reflection, It’s All Happening Here will use Darlington as a starting point, with OddManOut leaving the project almost entirely in the hands of the townspeople. Working with various artists, OddManOut will help Darlington locals create songs, sculptures and pieces of written work for the exhibition. With the aim of connecting the people of Darlington, the pieces created will respond to the local landscape.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19, OddManOut are determined to curate the pieces into a live performance celebrating Darlington and its people. The company remains hopeful that a live performance in Darlington town centre later in the year will be possible; if not, an online performance will occur.

To get involved, visit OddManOut’s Facebook page

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