Spotlight on: Creative Connections

We are delighted that our Creative Connections inclusive drama group is going from strength to strength.

Born out of a desire from young adults at In Focus – the vision impairment and complex needs charity – and at The Pelican Project to meet new people and get creative, Creative Connections is an accessible group for young adults with additional physical and learning needs. Led by Four of Swords Theatre’s Phil Kinslan Johnthe programmempowers participants and their enablers to work together to make film and theatre based on a particular theme each term.

This term’s work has revolved around the theme of all things futuristic. Look out for our brandnew film, due to be launched in January!

“The CC workshops take place in an environment of utmost trust and openness, using drama activities to connect with history, famous works of literature as well as contemporary social and political issues. All members are encouraged to develop their voices and express themselves in fun, exciting, startling, sensitive, sometimes poignant and frequently hilarious ways.” 

 

Phil Kinslan John 

I really enjoy being here with all of you because of the acting and lots of things to do.

Creative Connections participant

“Creative Connections provides a unique opportunity for learning disabled participants to develop their drama, communication and social skills in an environment that is safe and nurturing, but also maintains high expectations. It’s great to recognise an often overlooked but hugely talented community of actors.” 

 

Charlie Robinson of The Pelican Project

It’s really nice to come and support the young people I work with with who have visual impairment, to come and find a nice space to become really creative.

Enabler of Creative Connections participant

Working with The Pelican Project and Exeter Northcott on Creative Connections has revolutionised my practice as a theatre-maker and educator. The CC workshops take place in an environment of utmost trust and openness, using drama activities to connect with history, famous works of literature as well as contemporary social and political issues. All members are encouraged to develop their voices and express themselves in fun, exciting, startling, sensitive, sometimes poignant and frequently hilarious ways.

 

Phil Kinslan John of Four of Swords Theatre Co

Having the best times of my life.

Creative Connections participant

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to see this important group grow and enjoy making such creative work together. They are challenged each week to respond to a range of materials and themes and, along with a lot of laughter, there’s a real desire to develop their performance skills.”

 

Lisa Hudson, Exeter Northcott’s Producer (Children & Young People)

This group is so wonderful to be with.

Creative Connections participant

We are excited to be working in partnership with The Pelican Project and plan to form a focus group with our young adults to create more opportunities for creative activities in the city.

For more information or to register your interest for this group, drop Lisa an email on participation@exeternorthcott.co.uk

With thanks for the support of the National Lottery Community Fund and Devon County Council’s Reconnect Rebuild Recover Grant Fund.

It’s great to be here with my son and also to explore things that we haven’t tried before elsewhere. It’s a really unique project.

Parent of Creative Connections participant