A Different Way

This Daryl Beeton Productions project aims to address the lack of representation by Disabled Artists within the Theatre for Young Audiences sector by demonstrating new approaches to creating work for young audiences by Disabled theatre makers that places the voice of young Disabled people at the heart of the creative approach. A Different Way will support the growth and development of the Theatre for Young Audiences sector in their approach to making work WITH rather than FOR Disabled young people.

Where is the cultural and creative exchange happening between Disabled artists and Disabled and non-disabled audiences? How are we encouraging Disabled theatre makers to make work for young audiences? And what are the barriers from preventing them doing so?

Working with key partners, such as Half Moon Theatre, The Spark Arts for Children, Mimbre, New Wolsey Theatre and TYA England, A Different Way will explore new ways of communicating the different nuances of access and inclusion with young audiences through action research in the form of 3 separate periods of R&D. This will culminate with a symposium event hosted and supported by The Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.

Led by Disabled theatre makers the R&D’s will respond to a particular theme around access and inclusion for different age ranges, which will involve periods of participatory work with young Disabled and non-disabled people who’s ideas and voices will influence the creative process and are as follows:

  1. An Unseen World – Development of a show idea for 3-6 year olds that explores the ‘unseen barriers’ which are present in our society.
  2. 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.
  3. Special – Development of a show idea for aged 14+ that explores ‘language and terminology’ and its use within different generations of Disabled people.

We will document the process and create ‘usable’ case studies of each R&D approach and disseminate to the wider sector both online and through a final symposium event where the creative process, case studies and ‘work in progress’ pieces will be presented alongside debates around the barriers to disabled artists within Theatre for young audiences sector.

If you would like to find out more or become involved then please do drop us a line.