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Welcome to the Boscombe fringe

A successful new arts venture put on at the weekend is set become a regular feature for the benefit of all in Boscombe, a local charity says.
‘Vita Nova’ is a Boscombe based arts group that has grown from a small unit of recovering addicts putting on their own made plays to a fully fledged charity with music, writing and photography workshops for those recovering from addiction and anyone wanting to be involved in the community.
Boscombe fring e, an idea of the Vita Nova organisers ,has been praised by all involved and was put on to celebrate the organisations return to what is hopefully a permanent base in Roumelia lane. Organisers and participants are all keen to see it as a regular feature.
Anna Newcombe an actress who performed with the Doppelganger theatre group for Vita Nova said: “Yes absolutely. It seems like the art scene in Bournemouth is growing. This is a really good thing to encourage that.”
Audience member Linda was all in favour: “Absolutely yes, she said.
Simon Bull the chief executive was quite confident that it will be on next year and will be an annual thing.
Mr Bull said after Friday night’s workshops and plays that it had gone very well and that all the events had been very popular with a most being fully booked.
He was enthralled at the response. He said: “Very good feedback, everyone has been very positive. I’ve had no negative feedback from any one.”
As well as service users being heavily involved professional actors also took part and it is hoped that the service users will be brought up to that professional standard.
One thing highlighted about the fringe and Vita Nova is that it will help to change negative perceptions of people recovering from addiction problems.
Simon said: “We engage with the community and try and encourage more involvement in the community.” He went on to say that the hidden agenda that is hardly known is there are hundreds of recovering addicts contributing greatly to the Boscombe community.
The staff at Vita Nova is a mixed bunch but primarily it has helped those recovering from addiction to move on and find themselves and bring out their creative, positive side.
To those involved a sense of community is very important. Simon said: “It brings out community cohesion. If we can get more people involved, different groups, different people get together and get to know each other and develop social skills.
He added: “We engage with the wider community and try and encourage more involvement in the community.”
For Boscombe it was agreed a regular Boscombe fringe and Vita Nova will greatly benefit the area and people.
Anna Newcombe said: “It brings people in from all over. I definitely think it is a community thing. There have been workshops here today, there’s a chance for people to meet each other with common ground.”

1 Comment for “Welcome to the Boscombe fringe”

  1. Russ

    What’s it a ‘fringe’ of?

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