in Special Needs Education
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.
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.
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.
to Treasure Island
Bag of Clues
interactive storytelling workshop for Primary Schools
Speaking and Listening curriculum. KS1 and KS2.
"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"