Creativity through performance

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Alfandari, N., Beecher, A. and Lincoln, R (2016). Creativity through performance. in: Autism and Intellectual Disability in Adults Volume 1 Pavilion.
AuthorsAlfandari, N., Beecher, A. and Lincoln, R
Abstract

We are theatre practitioners 1 and work creatively with
actors and non-actors in a range of contexts. The work is
participatory, and as such the stories and ideas of the group
shape the process and the outcome and are underpinned by
principles of inclusion. This means equally valuing everyone’s
contribution, listening to and incorporating individual ideas and interests and ensuring that we communicate with clarity and enable participants to express themselves in their own way
(not necessarily via speech). The groups we work with are at
the centre of the creative process. The creativity becomes a
form of communication, expression, understanding and sharing
for the group. The work might take the form of a workshop,
performance, installation or other shared moments with or
without audiences.
This text introduces two different projects to provide an insight into this practice. Both projects involved adults with mixed learning difficulties, many of whom were also on the autism spectrum. The texts include reflections, an overview of our methods and some practical exercises. Throughout we will
explore participation, process, and the value of this work.

KeywordsParticipatory Theatre; Learning Difficulties; Community Arts; Creative Expression
Year2016
Book titleAutism and Intellectual Disability in Adults Volume 1
PublisherPavilion
ISBN9781911028093
Publication dates
Print23 Nov 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Feb 2022
Web address (URL)https://www.pavpub.com/health-and-social-care/health-learning-disability/autism-and-intellectual-disability-in-adults-volume-1
JournalAutism and Intellectual Disability in Adults
Journal citationVolume (1), pp. 49-53
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