projects with people with learning difficulties
Wolf + Water have worked with people with learning difficulties on performances ranging from a cast of 6 to a cast of 60. Some shows are devised in really fast residencies, starting work on a Monday and ending up with a show on the Friday, while others take months of painstaking preparation.
The rule with all performances Wolf + Water undertake is that they have to be professionally brilliant - artistically and technically - so that the audience go away saying “that was a brilliant show” and not “aah didn’t they do well!” The first response indicates that the audience has learnt something about the capabilities and talents of people with learning difficulties. The second response does not.
Wolf + Water’s extensive work with people with learning difficulties is divided into three main areas.
full list of work with people with learning difficulties
Wolf + Water are proud to present a reimagining of Shakespeare’s clasic tale “A Midsummer Nights Dream” set on the eve of world war 1.
Working with the “Many Directions” theatre company of adults with learning disabilities over the past year we are pleased to be performing as part of this years’
Barnstaple’s Fringe Theatre Festival
at the Queens Theatre Barnstaple. Box Office 01271 324242
Friday 22nd June 4pm
Star Wars Episode 4 1/2 The Last Hope.
Get Changed theatre company with Wolf + Water are proud to present a hilarious re-imagining of George Lucas’ classic adventure story.
Join us in a Galaxy far away (well, Okehampton) as our heroes battle the forces of Evil in a desperate bid to save civilisation. Can Luke rescue the Princess? Will Obi-Wan & Obi-Two defeat big Vader & little Vader? Is a Wookie a bear? How on earth will they blow up the Death Star on stage?
To find out the answers, use the force & join us in Okehampton on 13th & 14th April.
A group of young adults with learning difficulties that gathers together once a week to develop their drama skill and have fun, whilst doing so they develop their communication skills.
The group devised their own play about a haunted B&B that over a hectic weekend had many different and interesting visitors. The play proved that you are never too old to fall in love and get married.
Everyone involved really enjoyed it. We are currently working on a new production and the jungle book which will be shown in a theatre in Dawlish.
[center]get changed theatre company in assosiation with wolf + water arts co
invite you to
“the strange & extraordinary case of the circus of dreams”
a circus tale of murder, intrigue & the brooding easy listening horror of daniel o’donnell & his schemes to take over the world
come & join us at the circus where your dreams…& your nightmares…really can come true
the octagon theatre, okehampton college, mill road, okehampton, devon
friday 22nd february at 7.30 pm
Following on from our “Valuing People Team” film, this project has been training up 5 adults with learning difficulties to work with community organisations (such as the Police & Doctors) & businesses on awareness around the issues involved in the Valuing People Paper
Regular weekly sessions with two groups of children with profound & multiple disabilities, using a multi sensory approach to interactive drama work.
Devised with the bideford “chapter” of many directions theatre co., this was an interactive theatre show designed to help people with learning difficulties and service providers work together to improve access and inclusion in the community. it visited community resource centres & arts venues across devon & was also performed for the learning disability partnership board.
(2001 - Highbridge House Community Resource Centre, Plough Arts Centre Adult Drama Group, Abbey Gateway Club Barnstaple, Marland School for Children with emotional & behavioural difficulties,& North Devon College)
This was one of our biggest productions to date. Inspired by seven large figurative paintings by Wolf + Water’s Peter Stiles depicting the arrival, miracles & subsequent departure of a North Devon saint, the show brought together over 30 performers to create two interpretations of the story that were performed to sell out audiences.
(2000 with The Old Rectory Centre and Edgehill College, Bideford)
“The Waterbabies” was a commissioned piece for the Westward Ho! Millenium Festival, that brought together artists from the UK, the Former Yugoslavia and Norway to work on a production finally performed in a big tent on the seafront.
“What I saw was a most uplifting & moving experience…I was in tears at the end”
(1999 - 2000 Gammaton, North Devon)
Work centred on sensory experiences & drama & music activities designed to help the profoundly autistic adult males in this special unit inter relate.
(1999 -2000 Northam, North Devon)
A series of weekly sessions with adults with profound & multiple disabilities, all wheelchair users, all without speech. Sessions focussed very much on working with an excellent staff group on how to use multi sensory arts activities to work with this extremely “locked in” client group.
“We value your work enormously & admire its high standards & relevant content”
Manager, Northam Lodge
(1994 - 1999)
an ongoing regular input into a fantastic group of adults with multiple & profound disabilities with sessions exploring such topics as communication, body awareness & coping with changing day centre as the whole group moved out of one building & into a new one.
A series of sessions using theatre one to one with a young woman with Downs Syndrome who was exhibiting often violent behaviour. Work focussed on exploring issues such as “not getting your own way” & impulse control work.
(1989 - 1996)
The Hawley Hostel Drama Group were a great bunch of adults with learning difficulties who would meet weekly in their Barnstaple Hostel to use drama to do a whole variety of things. The group fed into a number of performances over the year, working in particular with a local youth theatre. They also produced street theatre, produced a limited edition hand made book written & photographed by the group on the life of Monet, & sometimes simply used theatre to explore the everyday tensions & problems in their lives.
(1992 - with Highbridge House CRU and Great Torrington school)
was a complex piece of dance and physical theatre exploring themes of landscape and exploitation, and used over 300 projected images throughout the show.
”..a hugely ambitious piece …vulnerable, courageous, dangerous…”
Public Projects Co-ordinator, Dartington College of Arts
(1991 - with Highbridge House CRU and Great Torrington School)
the audience was invited to partake in a five course meal cooked by the cast throughout the course of the show, while various strange happenings - the arrival of aliens, a raid by the Vegetable Liberation Front and the adoration of the humble onion made it a dinner date to remember.