Applied Performance – the applications of the performing arts

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We challenge accepted definitions of theatre and audience, and create innovative and interactive productions for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. We often use unusual settings, such as hydrotherapy pools and trampolines, as well as incorporating many multi-sensory techniques, including water and bubbles, paper fans, perfume sprays and ultra-violet lighting. We’ve invited audiences to taste bread baked live on stage, sing along with hip-hop DJs, or to dance with colourful balloon flowers. As the show unfolds, the children are encouraged to participate in activities that can alter and impact on the direction of the storyline.

Theatre for Young People

“March 20th is World Theater for Children and Young People Day. Some of you might be thinking, “Oh lord, why do we need a day to celebrate actors being silly, wearing bright colors and singing obnoxiously at squirming kiddos and bored parents?”

But if you think that’s what Theatre for Young People is, you’re missing out on truly powerful, hilarious, bold, engaging, surprising theater that might just save the world.”

Teya Sepinuck from Philadelphia is the founder of Theatre of Witness, a group that puts on dramas to tell the stories of people who would not otherwise be heard, performed not by actors but by the people themselves.

Conflict survivors find healing in theatre group performance. The most recent production, “Release,” portrayed the experiences of six men involved in the Northern Irish conflict which pitted Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a union with Ireland against Protestant loyalists determined to keep Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom.

About La (Paula) Mor

La (Paula) Mór is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught and directed in the UK and internationally for 20+ years, both at Secondary and University level. La is currently working on Jeju Island in South Korea at Branksome Hall Asia where she develops original, contemporary theatre with her students and continues research into the applications of the Viewpoints in Theatre Education. La has been trained in Anne Bogart's 9 Viewpoints by SITI Theatre Company and Zen Zen Zo and delivers international Viewpoints training to young people, undergraduates, performers and lecturers. Academic background: BA(Hons) Bristol University; PGCE Leeds University; MA Applied Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama.

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