Theatre Nemo work do is predominantly about providing a non-jugmental safe space in which attendee’s can both learn and increase their confidence and social skills. We do this by offering creative workshops that lead to clear outcomes that attendee’s can be proud of. were work with a diverse range of attendee’s whether that be in Schools, Pyschiatric Hospitals, Prison or in the community. Our workshop projects tend to run in blocks. We offer a number of different types of creative works the main four being.
Our guitar groups aims to enhance group member’s experience of their own creativity as well as musicianship by using guitar as a tool. The guitar is an instrument that is uniquely accessible due to it’s wide use in contemporary music across various genres. In addition to this it is possible to tailor popular songs on the guitar in countless ways so as someone can play a version of song that is appropriate to their capability and still sound great.
This aspect of flexibility is taken dvantage of in the group so as members of various abilities in the group can all work towards a common goal. In practice this means that the workshop facilitator will develop a number of versions of playing a song (which is selected by asking the group and picking the most popular choice) to suit beginner, intermediate and advance players as well as any members with additional needs. Each workshop will devote at least half of it’s running time on working on developing a version of a popular song. In addition to learning guitar parts to the song the group are encouraged to sing as well. This generally has the effects of making playing through it more enjoyable, increasing members confidence, developing a new skill and more of a sense of achievement. In addition to learning the basics of a song group members are given the tools to use the songs as catalyst for a deeper understanding of the guitar. For example alternative versions of chords are supplied to give the song a different feel as well as scales so as to create solos and melody lines. All of this extra information also supplies opportunities for more advanced members of the group to teach others how they use the techniques. This develops new teaching, social and leadership skills in members as well as closer bonds in the group as a whole.
Individual Creativity/ Collaborative Learning
As important to the learning of new songs in the group is fostering a safe and encouraging space for members to share their own creative talents. A portion of the workshop is set aside for individual members to perform songs, idea’s or techniques of their own as the group acts as an audience. This provides opportunities members of the group to receive positive feedback for their work as well as an opportunity for everyone to learn new approaches from multiple sources. There are several aims for this portion of the of the workshops but perhaps most important is to promote the idea that learning is a process of cross pollination and dialogue rather than it all coming from one source. By changing this didactic tutor-student dynamic it can have the effect of increasing a sense of empowerment in individual members as well as promoting a respect for others in the group as valuable resources of knowledge.
During each session participants will start with skills development, working on voice and performance techniques. This is usualy acomplished through a series of drama games designed to practice certainskills. This is also used to help participants to get to know one another.The group will then spend some time improvising and generating content for the piece,
The group will be introduced to a range of visual art styles and techniques using a range of mediums.Over the first few sessions this will give participants an opportunity to develop interests in specific techniques or revisit skills from their past.
The group will discuss themes and topics for their work and what the work might be used for. This coulde for permanent display or perhaps to give to family members. The group maydecide to collaborate on a large-scale piece of work or to work individual on smaller pieces. These discussions can continue and change over the whole project, as work is created it inspires new ideas.
The initial sessions are dedicated to teaching the foundations of Taiko drumming, this includes learning the vocabulary used to teach and an overview of the history and culture of Taiko.Once the participants have a confident grasp of the foundations o f Taiko they will be split into groups tocompose an original piece of Taiko music. This will involve team work and creative skills. Once groups have completed this task they will then be supported to teach the other group the piece they have created. This is a challenging task and participants will receive support and guidance from the tutor to prepare their teaching time. This task involves planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The final stage will be for all participants to come back together and work on performing the collective