A Different Way - Evaluation

Braverman, Danny. 2020. A Different Way - Evaluation. Unpublished. [Other] (Forthcoming)

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A Different Way is a project led by Daryl Beeton Productions, with core partners Half Moon Theatre, Spark Arts for Children, New Wolsey Theatre and Mimbre with supporting partners Graeae Theatre Company, Attenborough Arts Centre and TYA UK, to support the growth of inclusive theatre for young audiences. The entire process is being evaluated by Danny Braverman, Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London.

Following the ideology of ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’, it aims to build knowledge of how to create work with, not for, young Disabled people. A Different Way will see the company research and develop 3 new shows for different age groups, delving into the nuances of access and inclusion in meaningful and entertaining ways.

Daryl Beeton Productions are taking a 360° approach to this ‘show and tell’ project, tackling access, representation and inclusion on a number of levels, beginning with including young Disabled people in the creation of new work. The voices, stories and experiences of young people will form the core of each production. The creative teams will run participatory workshops with the different age groups, experimenting with fresh ways of devising and developing themes, language and narratives together.

This is complemented by a commitment to Artist Development, which will see opportunities created for talented Disabled performers, writers, directors and composers to be part of the 3 creative teams.

Then to complete the circle, A Different Way will be carefully documented and shared throughout, with a ‘warts and all’ case study accompanying each show which will pull back the curtain on the creative process and share deep insights into the co-production methods used.

These practical, actionable case studies will share learning and methodology with the TYA sector and will be shared online and at the A Different Way Symposium in April 2020.

This event will provide an opportunity for discussion and debates around the barriers within Theatre for young audiences sector for Disabled led work, as well as an opportunity to see ‘work-in-progress’ showings of the three productions.

The three shows will each tackle a different idea linked to inclusion in imaginative ways:

An Unseen World – Development of a show idea for 3-6 year olds that explores the ‘unseen barriers’ which are present in our society.

Look Mum, No Hands! – Development of a show idea for 8-12 year olds that explores ‘fear and risk’ and our understanding of a persons physical impairment.

Special – Development of a show idea for aged 14+ that explores ‘language and terminology’ and its use within different generations of Disabled people.

Item Type:

Other

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)

Date:

2020

Item ID:

27938

Date Deposited:

07 Jan 2020 11:20

Last Modified:

07 Jan 2020 11:20

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27938

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