'Connecting Conversations: How can we, as theatremakers, be more flexible in our practice to allow for more genuinely creative collaborations to happen with D/deaf and disabled artists?'

Following our industry showing of Let Me Play The Lion Too - an improvisational experiment, we invited an industry audience of over 150 guests to the Barbican’s Pit theatre on 2 March 2018 to discuss how theatre makers can be more flexible in their practice to allow for more genuinely creative collaborations to happen with D/deaf and disabled artists.

‘Connecting Conversations’ is a Barbican/Guildhall initiative supported by the Arts Council which provides a space for artists to discuss issues facing the arts and to debate and exchange ideas around important social themes. Click on the title above to read about the questions asked and the findings from Let Me Play The Lion Too.

 

Does Cinderella Have to Have Blonde Hair?

Between April and June 2018, we worked for six consecutive weeks (excluding half term week) with Year 3 students and teachers at Rhyl Primary School in Camden, North London on our playful storytelling project, Does Cinderella Have to Have Blonde Hair? You can read the evaluation and feedback on the project here

 

Feedback from beneficiaries

"This project is a bit of a leg-up because it was an open casting and a chance for me to train at a high level with TBAI and all of the other people who were cast. I don’t think TBAI should underestimate what it’s done for me.”   Let Me Play The Lion Too performer

“It (the Assistant Director Bursary) has given me the confidence to push on with my own creative work as a director and hopefully to go on to work on my own devising project. It’s given the tools that I need to trust the process. It also got me in contact some professionals that I would like to work with in my own project…. it has motivated me to direct a devised piece. The most important thing is the belief and determination it has given to see a project through to the very end.” - Napoleon Disrobed Assistant Director

Teachers commented that, by the end of the six weeks, students had “...certainly learnt about stereotypes and challenging stereotypes in their own lives. They also learnt how to write their own script and how to perform effectively to an audience.” - Does Cinderella Have to Have Blonde Hair? (A playful storytelling project exploring stereotypes, for primary school children)