Mayfield School Gives A Warm, Relaxed, Welcome
Over the last three years The REP has been working with Mayfield School – a school that educates children and young people, who have a range of learning difficulties, between the ages of 3 and 19. Our Education officer, Melissa Daly tells us more…
As a member of the Learning and Participation team I have a specific focus on working with young people with learning disabilities. The majority of my working week is spent in special schools facilitating non-verbal drama sessions with pupils, but I am also responsible for relaxed performances throughout the year.
Over the last three years we have worked with Mayfield School to develop a strong partnership which allows their young people to access the arts. We aim to offer a variety of experiences, including sessions in school and visits to our theatre for relaxed performances.
Recently, a group of 14 pupils in Key Stage 3 embarked on a project with Takeover Birmingham - a Cultural Citizens Pilot Programme which is managed by Kids in Museums and funded by Arts Council England. Their mission was to create a relaxed performance film linked to our brand new staging of Winnie And Wilbur.
We wanted to create a film about relaxed performances at The REP, which can be sent to other people who may be apprehensive or unsure about coming to the theatre. It gives potential visitors a chance to see a glimpse of what they may expect to see and hear around the theatre during their visit.
The children worked with Open Theatre Company to create the film below and are now looking forward to “taking over” front of house, in their Takeover t-shirts and witches hats, at our relaxed performance of Winnie And Wilbur on Thursday 6 April to greet audience members and be on hand to help out.
I am extremely passionate about The REP being a building that everyone in Birmingham feels they can access and enjoy, and the pupils of Mayfield School have created a fantastic welcome with this film. I hope you enjoy watching it.
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