Drama at The Meadows


Birmingham Repertory Theatre are working in partnership with The Open Theatre Company to facilitate non-verbal physical theatre sessions in special schools across the midlands.


The Open Theatre Company has developed a theatre methodology over a period of 20 years of working with adults and young people with learning disabilities within a range of settings including special schools, community groups and youth theatres.


This theatre practice grew out of the company’s creative work with The Shysters Theatre Company (1997-2011), a pioneering company of actors with learning disabilities run by The Open Theatre Company.


The sessions in Meadows School are fun and engaging – bringing out and exploring those hidden abilities for improvising and performing – exploring all kinds of interesting and amusing situations and characters. We don’t work with scripts but we create our own stories and tales using music and colourful props. The key elements of this methodology are as follows:


· It is essentially interactive, non-verbal, and physical and is drawn from a range of international theatre practices

· It uses music as the basis for a devising process, instead of script, to support the development of character, situation, narrative and emotion

· It places the creativity of people with learning disabilities at the heart of the process

· It trains young people with learning disabilities as performers to professional standards

· It creates performance work on the borderlines of theatre, dance and mime

· It develops a range of communication and interaction skills beyond words

· It has significant impact on children and young people’s learning within the school curriculum

· It supports the development of the skills, abilities and qualities that these young people need to survive and thrive as they make the transition into adulthood


If you have any questions please email Melissa on the email address below.


Melissa Daly Email melissa.daly@birmingham-rep.co.uk


Music and Dance Enrichment week 22/2/18 -26/1/18


During our enrichment week delivered by New wave arts the students in 3.3 took part in music and dance activities. At the end of the week they had helped to write a new school anthem and performed a dance that they had choreographed in conjunction with New wave practitioners.

Class 3.1 

Class 3.2

Class 3.3 

Class 3.4

Students in 3.4 enjoyed a fantastic enrichment week with our friends from the New Wave project. Students with the support of staff, put together and participated in a dance routine which they performed at the end of the week to the peers. Additionally the students experienced a wide a range of musical instruments, with an overall African theme. The students enjoyed experiencing and exploring many new instruments, playing songs and musical pieces together and singularly. All the students had a fantastic time, we hope you enjoy our short movie of the best bits, there was so many it was hard to whittle down to just the few shown in the movie. A great time had by all. Students and staff, would like to finish, by saying thank you to the New Wave project team for a fantastic, memorable and inspiring week.

Class 3.5

Class 3.5 had the opportunity to explore and experience African sounds, African instruments and then create our own sounds. We were able to use various African instruments to create authentic African music. After lots of engagement and practice we were able to showcase our performance to the whole keystage. It was very exciting!

Class 3.6

Class 3.6 had really enjoyed music enrichment with newwave, students liked exploring different instruments and listening to the guitar.