Exploring what it means to be happy is vitally important to the lives of young people today.
The Happiness Project is an interactive experience that explores joy and happiness in young adults aged 14-25. The project takes the form of a science fiction story and is experienced using a branching narrative and game-like structure. The project will bring together elements of theatre and gaming.
The Happiness Project was originally conceived to be played by up to 30 people at one time, lending itself well to school groups, and in spaces such as offices, studio theatres and school halls. In light of the current pandemic situation, the team are addressing concerns around social distancing and looking at moving more of the project online, which will vastly increase the number of participants, but also help to reduce barriers to accessibility.
As part of our upcoming Happiness Project, Pilot are collaborating with Lizzie Wiggs, Mindfulness and Movement practitioner and director of Queer Space Bristol, to create a wellbeing toolkit with and for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 18-26.
Over six, weekly 1.5hr sessions on Zoom, Lizzie will work with participants to chat all things wellbeing and how we can better identify and support our self-care needs. These are playful, practical and creative sessions in a supportive, safe environment. At the end of the course Lizzie will put together a Wellbeing toolkit documenting participants' discoveries and recommendations (this will be done anonymously) so that it can be shared with other young adults and LGBTQIA+ organisations across the country.
This opportunity is free to be part of thanks to thanks to a Cultural Wellbeing Grant from City of York Council and Make It York.
Part One of The Happiness Project is currently in development and will be released in Spring 2021.