“A life interrupted” is a drama therapy project that uses creative practices that promote healing, wellness, coping and personal change, by combining artistic expression with psychological awareness led by therapists experienced in both areas.
The work produced by this project with form a Verbatim Theatre piece, produced and performed by the project beneficiaries alongside semi professional actors. Which will be one of the parts in the larger play “I Can See What The Dark Looks Like”.
Creative Art Therapy
Beyond the final play, the creative practices learnt can be incorporated into the participants lifestyle. This project:-
- Empowers participants to build a brighter, safer future;
- helps participants work towards recovery personal and social meaning;
- provides a safe space for participants to explore their potential, raise confidence, self-esteem and well-being;
- facilitates the development of individual participants as well as the group to recover their identities removed from perceived or actual social expectations of these
- highlights to the wider community, specifically employers and educators that these are strong, capable individuals who can, have and will achieve remarkable things despite their respective conditions.
We run an arts programme that develops emerging Luton artists with invisible disabilities; These disabilities make life challenging and suffers experience some of the harshest barriers to participation in the arts; they are often only seen as art therapy clients and very rarely as artists.
Part of this disadvantage is because they experience less opportunities for participation. Furthermore they may have less access to artistic employment opportunities.
We overcome this by supporting artists in their career development. We create opportunities for artist to nurture their talents. Then we assist them gaining employment with our partners and other arts organisations.
USING THEATRE TO CHALLENG PERCEPTIONS
Our diverse nature means we can target specific groups, i.e: BME, female, Lutonion, young, invisible disability, because individuals will identify with Naz; whose work by its nature challenges assumptions. As a black, female, spoken word artist, one assumption formed is that she is a rapper, her work belies that stereotype. In doing so she defines herself and allows others to do the same.
For this reason, one segment of our upcoming play “I Know What The Dark Looks Like” is a verbatim theatre piece performed by our clients and semi-professional artists; who are also involved in the set design, lighting, direction etc. of the segment, to provide a platform for them to develop and/or hone their skills.