Preface. Introduction. Part 1: An Introduction to Creative Expression Through Drama. 1. Getting to Know You. 2. Communication. 3. Eye Contact. 4. Listening. 5. Concentration. 6. Trust. 7. Memory. 8. Feelings. 9. Sounds and Rhythm. 10. Basic Improvisation. Part 2: Progressing and Developing the Work - Exploring Theatre Skills. 11. Introducing or Finding a Theme. 12. Building Confidence and Presentation. 13. Progressing from Movement to Dance. 14. Discovering Your Voice. 15. Status and Mime. 16. Style. 17. Building a Character. 18. Using the Right Words (Technical Terms for Actors and Director). 19. Recording and Listening to Your Voice. 20. Videoing and Watching Yourself. Part 3: Working Towards a Performance or Showing of Work. 21-30 The Rehearsal Process and Final Show. Part 4: Working with People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Part 5: Touring Survival Guide. References.
Ian McCurrach has been the Joint Artistic Director of Strathcona Theatre Company, a well established disabled theatre company based in Kilburn, for the past four years. He regularly works for Artsreach with young children with special needs and behavioural and emotional difficulties. Barbara Darnley is a working actress who over the last five years has led groups for Camden and Westminster Adult Education Authorities and has worked on three major projects for Strathcona Theatre Company as co-writer/director.