Spectra is a performance company that draws on the diverse creativity of its mixed professional and learning disabled community cast to devise multi-sensory, immersive theatre. Developed through a partnership between MAC Birmingham’s Next Generation programme, independent artist Kate DeRight, and Queen Alexandra College, Spectra is made possible through funding from Arts Council England.
This blog will be regularly updated – keeping you posted about our current creative ventures – as well as sharing our past projects and achievements with you. Our Spectra Bloggers will include the facilitators, teachers, funders of the project, and of course – the participants themselves!
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‘Spectra has been important to me because it lets me show people what I can do. It lets us show off our talents. I don’t like change and I’m adapting to other people’s abilities and meeting new people with different abilities and getting used to them, which is a good thing.’ – Spectra Participant
Production is well under way for our new show ‘I am Me. We are Kindred.’ and what a fantastic start it has been! Our cast have been exploring colours, shapes, tastes, sounds and movements, helping to identify what makes them unique whilst still fitting in. Continue reading
This week we continued exploring mask work, working in the small groups we created last session; the reds, the greens, the blues and the purples/pinks! We spent the session creating a different identity for each group.
After a long Christmas break, we are well and truly back in the swing of things. It’s been great being in the studio together – getting creative!
This week we explored using full mask. Most of the company had never worn a mask before – but it was incredible to see how naturally they all took to it! Continue reading
Just over 3 weeks ago, we were involved in a national event called Creative Minds Midlands, at mac birmingham. Continue reading
At the end of September, we were invited to take part in the Rangeeli Colours of Birmingham Parade, as part of Birmingham Weekender. The parade celebrated all things Birmingham – its diversity, its communities and its artists; and it even welcomed international performers from around the world to our city.
It really was spectacular. There were vibrant hand-held puppets, flags, masks, costumes and an amazing, life-size mechanical elephant called Harminder.
The lovely Manuela Benini (artistic director of the parade) came to visit us at mac birmingham for a workshop. We explored different ways we could use our bodies to explore the various characters that we would be acting as.
There was a smart, corporal-like rooster, some exotic tribal men, the queen of hearts, a cheeky clown, some tropical fish and more…
Us all at mac birmingham, trying on our costumes!
Paige Holloway, a founding member of BecauseWeCanCanCan and has written a review of our recent show, Hanging In The Balance. Paige is a Creative Enabler, and she works closely with Open Theatre Company, supporting other young people with learning disabilities (YPWLD) to be involved in creative activities. She is fantastically honest, passionate, and determined.