CREATING WITH OUR OWN ABILITY WORKSHOP
Are you interested in drama and performance?
Are you someone with speech impairments or someone who uses assistive technology to communicate?
If you are, this workshop might be for you.
The drama-based workshop offers a new way of exploring and devising creative communication for people with physical disabilities.
This workshop provides the opportunity to work with professional disabled artists who demonstrate that it is possible for people with different ways of communication to work within the creative world, by finding new ways of exploring the body, the voice, sound, space and text to create dynamic performances in ways that are accessible to all.
This is the first of its kind and is being supported by the British Arts Council and also developed as part of the Pit Lab artist development strand at the Barbican.
What do the workshops do?
This workshop is a way of exploring our own creative processes with our own ability in a relaxed and calm atmosphere.
The participants will have the time, space and if required access support to be able to generate their work in the best way that is suitable for each individual.
The workshops will also provide people with the confidence they need to be heard in everyday situations, and so realise their own potential, by giving them artistic tools to explore their creative ideas in a workshop setting. Participants can have a go at acting, writing and improvisation, and potentially work towards creating their own drama piece.
What skills might I gain from taking part?
Drama Skills: Improvisation, text work, devising, writing, sound and vocalisation
Confidence and Self Esteem
Working as a Team
When are the workshops?
The workshops will be one day a week for 6 weeks possibly starting the first week of April.
Where are the workshops?
London EC2Y 8DS
Who can apply?
People with speech impairments or people who use assistive technology to communicate.
Minimum age 18years
An interest in Drama or Performance Art
To be able to commit to one day a week for six weeks
How do I apply?
Download a copy of the application form here or
Contact Pete Edwards Workshop facilitator on
Biographies of the workshop facilitators
Pete Edwards – workshop leader: Pete is an actor, writer and performance artist. He has Cerebral Palsy, which includes a differing speech pattern. Acting and performance experience includes: Fat (dir. Michael Achtman), George Dandin (Graeae Theatre Company, dir. Jenny Sealey) and the short film Welcome Break (dir. Michael Achtman). Writing credits include The Wheels and Willies Experience in 2006, Fat (on national tour 2010, Edinburgh and Colchester 2012). Both were recipients of Arts Council grants. In 2010 Pete was awarded DaDaFest’s Best Emerging Artist. He has extensive experience of creating and leading workshops for artists with different abilities, non-disabled artists and young people.
Nicola Miles-Wildin – co-facilitator: Nickie is a disabled actress and vastly experienced workshop leader. Her recent acting credits include the lead role of Miranda in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony (dir. Jenny Sealey, Bradley Hemmings, Stephen Daldry), Cally in Landfall (Radio 4), Coral in peeling (Forest Forge Theatre Company) and Fairy Lala in the Barbican's family Christmas show 59 Minutes To Save Christmas. She is an Associate Artist of Graeae Theatre Company and Associate Director of Kazzum.
Karen Spicer - is a professional actor, director and workshop facilitator with 27years experience in Theatre and Television. She has worked with many companies including, Red Ladder, Theatre Centre, Fittings Multi Media, Nottingham Roundabout, Nottingham Playhouse New writing partnership, Birmingham Rep Transmissions co, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Oldham Coliseum and Graeae.
She has worked alongside Pete Edwards in the role of Creative Enabler in many Workshops/meetings and Discussions. She Pete's Creative Enabler on his solo show Fat, touring London and the UK in 2010 and again in 2012 at the Edinburgh Festival and at The Lakeside Arts Centre in Colchester. Karen is also co-director of "Brighton Beam", a Theatre/New writing company based, funnily enough in Brighton.