Just over a year ago, Zac and I were planning to start the Silver Arts Award for TramShed and the week before the first lockdown I came to Woodlands to talk to prospective participants.

I haven’t been there since, of course; instead, my TramShed work has almost all been delivered via my laptop from home, with my trusty screen backdrop! Nevertheless, over the last year, I have come to feel a real part of the TramShed family and love seeing now-familiar faces on the screen every session and meeting. Here is an A-Z of my first full year as a TramShed Arts Practitioner.

A is for the Arts Practitioner Team: a brilliant team of which I am lucky to be a part.

B is for Break-Out Rooms, which allow TramShed Members to work in groups on a range of creative

C is for Creative Signing to a wide variety of songs.

D is for Devising – the beginning stage of every new play, where all ideas are welcomed and tried.

E is for Energy Ball and all the other warm-ups we enjoy each session.

F is for Feather Dusters – and all the other unexpected props that have appeared during online

G is for Guessing the Murderer; the Cluedo Workshops were some of my favourites in the first online

H is for the Happiness TramShed brings to so many.

I is for Inclusivity: the lifeblood of TramShed.

J is for Joining Other Sheds; we had some great workshops with CottonShed in autumn/winter 2020.

K is for my Kitchen – which is where I sit for TramShed sessions as it’s where my internet connection
is strongest!

L is for Laughter, one of the most regular sounds in any TramShed workshop.

M is for Meetings on Mondays: getting together as an APT to plan the sessions ahead.

N is for Names – changing them on Zoom to suit different workshop characters (and forgetting to
change them back!).

O is for Outtakes – far too many to mention!

P is for the Piers: South, Central and North and the wide variety of workshops we share.

Q is for Quizzes. TramShed does the best online parties and quizzes are a great fun part!

R is for Rainbows, an integral part of the first online programme: Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

S is for Silver Arts Award, my first online Arts Award Delivery with a group of very hard-working
young people.

T is for TramShed Over The Rainbow, TramShed’s first ever online performance, streamed live on
October 3rd 2020 to a very appreciative audience.

U is for uniform – and wearing it with pride.

V is for Volunteers – such important people in every workshop.

W is for the Wider TramShed Family – trustees, TramShed Voice, parents, supporters, friends…

X is for eXciting* developments ahead with the Summer Show, podcasts and more. *Everyone
always cheats with X.

Y is for a Year unlike any other.

Z is for Zac. And Zoom. TramShed couldn’t have kept going so strongly through the pandemic
without either of them!


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