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 Posted: Wed Jul 23rd, 2008 03:28 am
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nic
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Help! A local organisation which specialises in  educating, mentoring and housing  the intelectually disadvantaged has asked for help  in developing a performance project.

The terms are both broad and narrow... think of anything you like but only involve four people.

There is also the potential, which I find  most interesting, to involve the local community in the project. A number of ideas are circulating in my head at present but I've no previous experience with this type of work.

Can anyone point me in the direction of published work, ideas etc that might provide some sort of blue print.

 

I'm at the stage of a first meeting with the  potential performers and at this stage have no idea of  any limitations they might have.

 Vague I know but  you lot have such a wealth of experience .

 

The best Nic

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2008 05:57 pm
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this sounds really interesting!

maybe i'm being naive b/c i have no experience in this area but i would think any light, one-act piece for 4 performers would do.  from what i know of mentally-challenged people, they can do most of the things non-m/c people can only it takes them a bit longer.  or is that not right?

perhaps you could ask them what kind of piece they would like to do, what kind of stories they like, what kind of characters they'd like to be.

you might try contacting these folks -  the national theatre workshop of the handicapped - a non-profit organization providing the disabled community with the communication skills necessary to pursue a life in professional theatre.
http://www.ntwh.org/

ps - how wonderful to live in a place called wagga-wagga!

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2008 06:19 pm
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nic,

Try some theatre games and improvisations- -What they can do is what you need to know.  If you can listen to their ideas and develop a script unique to this group, you will have something more valuable than starting with definitions and expectations based on organizational data.  Allow your actors to surprise you and PLAY, then write the PLAY!

Mary Alice

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 Posted: Thu Jul 24th, 2008 07:56 pm
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There is a play called "The Boys Next Door." Might give you some ideas.

It is published.

Some info when you google it.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 25th, 2008 12:15 am
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Mana: 
Thank you all very much. I guess the hardest part of all this is trying to get an idea of  their expectations. My wife, who is a director, has worked with large groups of disadvantaged before but they've always been big casts, big pieces based as much as anything on movement.

 I'll chase up  your suggestions and again thanks

 Nic

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