Local Agency is a series of bespoke outreach projects designed for any place, facilitating adventure, curiosity and loveliness with communities nationwide.
Coney’s work is inspired by the belief that the world can be a magical place – where people can do extraordinary things. The audiences are at the soul of the work, co-creating the experience with the stories and the worlds Coney have designed.
Most recently I was running a Local Agency project with fellow Coney Associate Morag Iles in her hometown of Hexham. We were playfully fostering the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness throughout the town. While a team of eleven local young people from Queen Elizabeth High School ran secret reconnaissance missions around their hometown and collected intel to create a gift, five Hexham theatre makers were crafting an adventure to be delivered as a gift of their own.
What happened when these two groups of gift givers (and receivers) crossed paths? A glimpse of the stories and secrets of Hexham by watching this timelapse