Inspiring Young People Through Drama and Music
On Tuesday 14th July 2015, the Torch Theatre welcomed some very special guests. Young people, many with sensory loss and additional needs came together to spend a day at the very first UCAN Perform Festival in Pembrokeshire. Activities included the creation of a radio play; learning to play the ukulele, playing drama games along with the ever-popular circus skills workshop delivered by Paddy the Clown.
Proud to be supporting this event, Hamad Al Samra, Deputy General Manager of South Hook LNG said, “We feel privileged to have been involved, helping these remarkable young people learn new skills and develop a new found confidence.”
Catherine Scott, Advisory Teacher for the Deaf, HI Services in Pembrokeshire said “This was the first time that deaf and hearing impaired children from such a large group and area were able to access the wonderful opportunities that UCAN provide. Despite the differing needs of visually impaired and deaf young people activities were accessible and modified accordingly with great understanding and flexibility. All the UCAN staff, without exception, helped to make each session fun packed and meaningful. I was able to see the children’s confidence develop throughout the day with a few surprises, for example, I didn’t realise that I have a natural ukulele player amongst my children and was thrilled when one of my profoundly deaf signers decided that she was confident enough to have a go at speaking a small part for radio. I look forward to continuing this relationship with UCAN and I know that our children will be keen to all meet up again. Friendships were forged at the festival.”
Bernard Latham, Artistic Director of UCAN Productions said “We have had the most inspiring, fun filled and positive day. I really hope that we get an opportunity to work with these young people again soon,”