Carefree Northants were proud to support Picture the Difference’s first pilot drama project in Spring 2015 involving 14 young adults with additional needs, aged 18-24.
“We worked together over four days to develop responses to our theme of communication. Our approach was to introduce drama games that had a relevance to that theme and to discuss how these might be developed into a series of improvised sketches. What was really exciting was how many ideas were shared and the interesting discussions that ensued about how different people struggled with aspects of communication. We used monologue, gobbledegook, mime, physical theatre, music, interpretive dance and ensemble work to convey our thoughts and feelings. Often, you would look around the space and see small groups of participants working on their own ideas for sketches and keen to share the outcome. One participant was so inspired that she went home to devise her own dance and, the next day, asked the group to watch it and give her feedback. The support and encouragement was tremendous and the group are excited to meet again to take part in another project.”
What I’ve learnt about communication…
Emily: I’ve had a lot of fun. I now understand that I’m not the only one who struggles to socialise and I feel I fit in more with this group and can talk to this particular group.
Jordan: It’s allowed me to express a different part of myself; it’s me being me.
Iszak: I’ve learnt to join in, express myself to the fullest and develop further confidence.
Yaiza: The workshops have made me feel more confident about performing. I felt really proud of myself doing the mirroring because I’m not very coordinated.
Dan: I’ve learnt to transfer my energy from being in the background to the front. I feel more confident.
Sian: I can now express better how I feel through the power of drama.
Mikey: It’s been good doing all the drama. I enjoyed the warm up.
Mark: It’s amazed me how many different layers there are to communication. The unique position of participating and leading has given me the great hope in the future of this project.
Ashley: I have learnt many new skills and how the different ways of communication can work. We have got closer than ever before.
Danielle: I’ve noticed that my confidence has grown and I have understood the different concepts of communication. I’ve enjoyed it.
Ryan: I’ve learnt the way communication works by me and my friends working together using facial expressions, gestures, speeches etc.
Picture The Difference was set up by a group of SEN teachers in Kettering, with many years’ experience working in SEN schools, delivering art, drama, dance, film and media as well as sensory integration. We have seen the social-emotional and therapeutic benefits of the arts and the positive and exciting impact this has had on the many individuals with whom we’ve worked.
Picture The Difference seeks to develop social-emotional and communication skills for adults with additional needs, by providing high quality arts experiences, with the aim for participants to share their learnt skills through performance, through assisting in workshops and in devising their own creative projects.
We believe that in order to be happy, we need to feel we belong somewhere, can express ourselves creatively and to be able to contribute meaningfully to the community in which we live. Picture the Difference seeks to provide this opportunity for additional needs adults and to support them to step up and take an active role in society.
Picture the Difference plan to do a repeat performance at Kett Fest on Sat 6th June in the Market Place, Kettering. We also hope to run another project in the summer holidays and are currently looking into the possibility of long term funding so that we can provide a more full time arts provision for adults with additional needs.