Our ‘Confidence Through Drama’ programme was initially intended to be a small scale drama activity for fourteen service users with a range of learning disabilities. The programme has grown considerably, resulting in the following engagement:
- Around 300 community members, from an area of high deprivation, supporting and celebrating the learning disability community
- Community skills being offered
- 30 school children rehearsing and performing with the group; breaking down intergenerational and disability barriers
- Young people from NCS supporting, and developing a disability campaign
- Volunteering from college students
- Staff development
Many of those who have accessed this programme lacked confidence, ran the risk of isolation and discrimination. Service users who were once unwilling to participate, now dance on every occasion. Those anxious of new people, are now the first to greet others.
The key to this programme… service users were given a voice, their ideas valued, their personalities celebrated, and the provision of new skills; developing their confidence to engage with their community. The shows, developed entirely by the group, were merely a by-product.
‘Each show was never about achieving perfection. The shows were made perfect by the groups enjoyment.’
The shows themselves were truly powerful, e.g. adults with learning difficulties, primary school children, college students and audience members, signing in unison, alongside a projected film of the shows development.
(A special thanks to Rev. Mike Bridgewater for the above project description)
Here’s a few examples of the performances developed through the programme:
Nativity with a Twist, 21st December 2016 St John’s Welcome Centre’s Hope for Abbey Project and community members of Abbey Hulton, worked with Kreative Foundations for several months to create a Nativity Performance with a twist, thanks to funding from the People’s Health Trust. The idea originated from part of the group who receive rest … Continue reading The ‘Un’Nativity Show
A Performance Filled With Culture, 2nd August 2017 A huge thank you goes out to the NCS group who volunteered for us at St John’s Welcome Centre a few weeks back. Where currently we are working with service users of the Hope for Abbey Project to create an original drama performance about culture. From start … Continue reading When NCS Came To Visit
It was a huge honour to be asked to work with the Hope for Abbey Project, at St. Johns’ Welcome Centre, for a second time! Resulting from the success of the previous ‘Confidence through Drama’ project, we were asked to develop another unique performance with the community of Abbey Hulton, this time focussing on the … Continue reading A Night at the Theatre: The Culture of Stoke-on-Trent
Back in June 2018, service users of St John’s Day Service developed another exciting, unique, and truly inspiring show. The performance ‘This is Me,’ celebrated and showcased learning disabilities through the exceptional qualities, views, development and achievements of the St Johns’ service users, who had accessed Kreative Foundations ‘Confidence Through Drama’ programme. The show demonstrated … Continue reading This is me!