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The Mummy's Treasure

In partnership with George Hastwell School we set up a young people’s daytime disabled drama group. The school identified 10 young people with complex learning and physical needs. They came to The Cooke’s Studios with 2 members of staff each Tuesday lunchtime through the autumn and spring terms. We ate lunch together and then spent the afternoon in the creation of stories for performance using improvisational and story telling methodologies. Rachel Ashton worked on the storyline with local writer Kate Davis, who created a script from the improvisations.

The 10 students performed along with 2 of their teachers, and 40 pupils and members of staff came to watch. After the show Rachel ran a workshop with the cast and members of the audience, and then asked if any one would like to repeat the process next year. All of the cast and audience said that they want to be involved next year.

The staff from the school reported that there were significant improvements among some of the participants during the course of the project, with one child in particular showing a distinct improvement in speech.


Journey to Treasure Island


The Bag of Clues

An interactive storytelling workshop for Primary Schools

Speaking and Listening curriculum. KS1 and KS2.

Teacher feedback: "Fantastic. Child with ASD willing to perform in front of others. Speech and language is a huge problem for Jacob and he opened up and spoke - using words together in short phrases. Lovely to see 'quiet' children joining in - still buzzing in cloakroom afterwards"