After a couple of weeks’ break after the Leicester phase of our R&D, the creative team came back together in London for more participatory workshops with members of Mimbre Youth Circus and young people from Graeae’s young company. We continued our exploration around ‘Risk’ and ‘Independence’ and focused our approach to build on our R&D process to date. Previously we had mainly focused on the impact “grown ups” have on our independence and understanding of risk, but now we focused on how our friends can influence this and how we react when our close friends prevent us from doing our own thing.
We then went straight back into the R&D process to feed these new thoughts and ideas into the creative mix. We finished with an outline of a story about two friends who are each discovering their own boundaries, taking risks and becoming independent, and how together they navigate these differences between them
It can seem a cliché to say that we achieved so much, but without a shared responsibility from all involved, based on a vision and ethos to ensure that the disabled artists and the voices of disabled and non-disabled young people led the process, then this wouldn’t have been possible.
Look Mum, No Hands! R&D will be presented as part of the A Different Way Symposium at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester on 29th April 2020. (Tickets will be on sale in January 2020)
You can read the full Look Mum, No Hands!’ R&D blog HERE