Tracy Aspel, All things improv., founder of the improveyes project for schools in Ireland, will be running several weekly virtual workshops via Zoom with PODS of service users who are based in Daughters of Charity, Dominic Street, Limerick.
The service users at this centre are adults aged between 20 and 60, who all have some form of additional need. The target group have some drama experience, either having had participated in live weekly drama workshops, or taken part in the Creative Show in previous years. Unfortunately the 10th anniversary show was cancelled this year.
This group has a lower level of ability than the previous target groups and Tracy wants to use drama and improvisation as a way of capturing their voice and experience over the past few months. She wants to create scenes where their reactions to everyday new scenarios such as mask wearing, social distancing and reduced social activity are documented in some way, perhaps in a recorded Zoom performance that she feels will capture a group that has been direly affected by what has been happening in the past 7 months.
She plans to start workshops the week of the 5th of October and run several a week, as the participants access the centre in staggered groups to allow for social distancing. As this is a virtual workshop held with a group, the focus will be on static scenes (queues, dinner tables, sofa) to allow the participants to sit still and also be heard.
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