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 .
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!
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!
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.