In April 2019 S.A.F.E launched its first ever drama group. The group currently has 19 members aged between 18-60. The group runs for an hour every fortnight from the Pear Tree Café cabin. The group offers a great way of getting adults with Learning Disabilities to get together and learn new skills whilst having fun.
Our sessions involve a host of different activities such as: learning choreography, choreographing our own dances, singing and learning lyrics as well as reading scripts and creating our own physical theatre, arts and crafts, voice projection and facial expressions.
Incorporating life skills
Whilst our sessions focus on fun and socialising, wherever possible we like to inform through the work we are doing. For example we explore how facial expressions along with body movement and vocal change can aid someone wanting to convey a certain emotion. We role play scenarios in groups in order to better understand why a person may be feeling happy, sad or angry and then think how we might react to the person in that scenario.
Everyone gets a say
The Drama Group aims for the individual to get the upmost out of each session and come away with a sense of achievement.
In our sessions we like each member to feel comfortable enough to put their thoughts and opinions across- this can be achieved through offering choice to the members of the group. It could be as simple as the choice of music played in a session to more collective choices around the movie, book or play which members would like to stage or perform.
Aims for the future
The Drama Group will be creating some short plays for close family and friends and in February 2020, putting on a pantomime.