High Spirits

High Spirits is a creative audio company for adults living with visual impairment in the East of England.

Woodland Voices

The group’s latest project is Woodland Voices, a collaboration between Cohere Arts and Green Light Trust, supported by Ipswich Museum. This work is made possible by People’s Postcode Lottery players with funding awarded by Postcode Places Trust.

The project features a series of artist-led workshops exploring the creative potential of the woodland environment. Participants will be supported to create and record audio artworks (poetry, songs, stories, soundscapes) inspired by spending time in this natural setting.

Workshops will take place throughout August and September 2022, culminating in an audio exhibition to be held at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich on Friday 28th October 2022.

“Just what I needed.”

Project participant, after the group’s first session with Green Light Trust at Castan Wood.

A Hoodingeroo at Otley Bottoms

The group’s first project was an audio drama project funded by East Suffolk Council’s Boost Fund. The project began in Nov 2021 with weekly workshops at Woodbridge Library in which participants explored:

  • local ghost stories (old and new)
  • what makes a good audio drama
  • creative writing skills and character development
  • sound design and effects
  • voice acting

“It’s built up my confidence – made me feel part of something.”

Project participant

Over 10 weeks, the group worked together to create a brand new radio play based on oral histories of supernatural experiences in Suffolk and beyond. After rehearsing and character work with director Emma Bernard, the piece was recorded at the library and also on site at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. The new radio play ‘A Hoodingeroo at Otley Bottoms’ was first shared in a celebratory Zoom event and Q & A session on Mon 25th April 2022, and then received public airings on Rendlesham Community Radio and BBC Radio Suffolk.

“At no point during any part of the project did I feel disabled, and I think that’s really important.”

-Project participant

You can listen to the 32-minute drama on YouTube.

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