Expanding on the core of our integrated ensemble from King Arthur’s Night, Neworld Theatre is producing an ongoing, paid, once-a-week performance ensemble made up of both “neurotypical” and “neurodiverse” performers.
We will begin with the creation model that has led to two Neworld mixed-ability productions: Peter Panties and King Arthur’s Night, as well as classes Niall McNeil, Marcus Youssef, Veda Hille and James Long have taught periodically over the last three years at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation. This model lets participants collaboratively adapt stories they already know, according to their own desires, remaking them from their own perspectives.
The ethical and creative principle in the room will be that which has guided our work thus far: a presumption that every single person in that room is very good at some things, and not so good at others. Our job is to create the circumstances that highlight what people are good at and love to do.
The purpose is to use theatre to experiment, play and investigate what it means to work creatively across historically defined perceptions of difference and exclusion.
“When the ensemble here is doing their thing they don’t think about their different disabilities. I have gifts that are different gifts.” – Stephen Lytton, actor, writer, presenter and LEAD participant
Photos & Video by Cam Anderson, Cascade Film & Media