Developing Independence: The experience of the Lawnmowers Theatre Company

Price, David and Barron, Lee (1999) Developing Independence: The experience of the Lawnmowers Theatre Company. Disability & Society, 14 (6). pp. 819-829. ISSN 0968-7599

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09687599925911

Abstract

This paper describes an action research project in which the Lawnmowers Theatre Company (a company of performers with learning disabilities) mounted drama clubs and a series of night clubs for people with learning disabilities. The objective of the project was to demonstrate that initiatives involving what might loosely be called 'drama' offer important opportunities for adult education and that night clubs for people with learning disabilities can be effective in providing new opportunities for social contact and also recognition for disability arts. All of these factors, it is argued, are important if people with learning disabilities are to be taken seriously as capable, interesting individuals with something useful to say. The project found high levels of participation and a range of skills acquisition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L500 Social Work
W400 Drama
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 11:20
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/19595

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