I have been Associate Artist with learning disabled led theatre company, DIY Theatre, since 2006 running design workshops as part of developing new shows and creating props, sets and costumes for these. Recent projects have seen a move away from traditional theatre into sensory performances for small audiences in special schools and colleges. My work also features in their accompanying education packs.
Following The Thread takes the audience on a journey to the seaside and beyond. The centre piece is an applique teepee based on designs from workshops with the members. The light up jellyfish were a popular part of the show. This show toured into schools and centres to entertain audience members with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) taking them on a multi-sensory journey.
Give Me Space was the follow up show using the same format as Following the Thread. This time I ran puppet and mask workshops as part of the development of the show and was commissioned to create a flat pack space ship.
Next is Following Patient 36 exploring Learning Disability History and the resilience of people with learning disabilities in Salford and Greater Manchester. This had a period of R&D including some performances in 2019. Unfortunately development of the touring show was put on hold due to Covid-19 but hopefully this will become a reality in 2021.
Also photos from Platform 1 development workshops & performance and Strange Capers.
Sue Caudle is Artist Director for DIY Theatre and directs all their shows.