Performing Arts - Industry Links
Hijinx PAWB approached us with a collaborative opportunity for our students to build facilitation skills, and Hijinx PAWB to have a new Drama Foundation course based in South West Wales for adults with a learning disability and/or autism.
Hijinx are an award-winning not for profit professional inclusive theatre company casting learning disabled and/or autistic actors in their shows which tour the world. Hijinx PAWB is their Wales-wide network of community drama courses for everyone who wants to act, regardless of ability or experience. Visit their website
BA Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community hosted the latest Dramatherapy Wales Conference: 'I Am Here, Here I Am: creatively exploring the spaces between the personal and the professional'.
Ali Franks, lead lecturer in BA Applied Drama said: “We have been developing a relationship with Dramatherapy Wales over a number of years now, as many students come to study Applied Drama with the hope of going on to qualify as a Dramatherapist at a post graduate level. We were delighted when they wanted to bring the conference further west this year and excited that they wanted to use our spaces here BA Applied Drama focuses on drama in health and wellbeing settings and this gives our students a first hand experience of the specific modality of Dramatherapy and how that differs from their own applied drama practices. We usually attend the conference in the Newport location so it is great to be working with Dramatherapy Wales to bring it to West Wales. It is always an uplifting and inspiring event for staff and students alike, it is a chance to connect, experience and gain a deeper understanding of the power of creativity and drama to positively transform lives.”
People Speak Up
People Speak Up (PSU) are a social arts, health and well-being organisation based in Llanelli at the Ffwrnes Fach, part of the Ffwrnes Theatre complex. Their mission is to connect people and create healthy, resilient communities through storytelling, spoken word, creative writing and participatory arts and they do this through creative workshops, volunteering, training, events and conversations.
Eleanor Shaw, the Artistic Director of PSU, has been actively involved in BA Applied Drama for a number of years and has worked closely with all our students, inviting them to participate and assist in community workshops and by creating volunteering opportunities throughout the different stages of the degree programme. This partnership is especially valuable within our Drama, Health and Wellbeing module where this link allows us to keep the course relevant up to date and aware of current themes and debates within participatory arts and health settings.
A number of our graduates have gone on to work as freelancers with People Speak Up, running workshops for young people, elderly care homes residents and intergenerational projects.