The CrownToppers (a ‘crowntopper’ is slang for a wig) are a band of musicians and singers based at Crown Street Resource Centre, L7. They are all service users with a history of severe and enduring mental health issues.
The group is co-ordinated by Lol Langton and Leigh Forbes and the personnel change regularly - along with their repertoire of songs - which are dependent upon the particular musical talents and tastes involved.
They were shortlisted nominees for a DaDaFest award in 2010. In the past, the band have played at many events including three DaDaFests (Deaf and Disability Arts festivals), at Sefton Park’s Palm House, Ashworth High Security Hospital, Newsham Park festivals and at Broadoak Psychiatric Unit, along with various Liverpool Community College events.
They are regularly booked by the NHS for their staff meetings to ‘lighten up’ proceedings and therefore unavailable for weddings/ christenings/ bar/ bat mitzvahs heading up to the December holiday, as they become very much in demand for day centre parties (All bookings through Lol Langton on 233 3316!)
Students: Karl Doyle
Halton Borough Council commissioned a ﬁlm to document the residency of award winning Bharata Natyam dance group Sankalpam. While at the Brindley Arts Centre Sankalpam conducted a series of workshops with local school children. The children, aged from 14 to 17 years, began the process having had no dance experience. After many hours of practice they performed a piece of work choreographed by Sankalpam as part of there 'Corpo-realities' show. This film follows the journey of those children from a life of very little physical activity to one in which they relished the chance to dance.
This film documents all of Halton Borough Council’s community dance programmes. Including break dancing, belly dancing and line dancing among many others styles all involving a variety of different participants of all ages and backgrounds.