SmartSellTM - The New Way to Sell Online

Shop over a million Toys in our Huge New Range

Special Talents, Special Needs

'A wonderful book to help set up a drama group for those with learning difficulties, to help them express themselves through drama. It is a step by step guide to running a group from the basics of finding the setting right through to the final performance. Covering all topics from creative expression, acting skills, working with others to eye contact and character building. Great encouragement for those who would like to explore drama as a part of a therapuetic learning programme.' - Special Talents, Special Needs is a handbook for teachers and facilitators working with people with learning disabilities who are interested in creative expression through drama. Based on their considerable experience working with the Strathcona Theatre Company (Europe's leading professional company of actors with learning disabilities), Ian McCurrach and Barbara Darnley have created a step-by-step guide to running a drama group. Beginning with the first steps of finding an appropriate setting and assessing the group, this guide progresses through five parts and thirty different sessions to conclude with the planning of a showing or performance. Each part covers a general topic such as introducing creative expression, exploring theatre skills and working with people with profound disabilities, while the individual sessions have a diversity of themes from trust and eye contact to building a character. The course may be followed step-by-step or simply used as a foundation upon which to base individual ideas. Although drama workshops of this kind do not provide formal therapy, the authors' experience has repeatedly shown that such work with people with learning disabilities not only increases communication skills but also promotes independence and self-esteem.
Product Details

Table of Contents

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.

About the Author

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.

People also searched for
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Special Talents, Special Needs: Drama for People with Learning Disabilities on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top