Roald Dahl and Tom & Jerry - Limavady support groups lead the way with The Playhouse Artskills showcase

Posted on: 15th October 2013

Four innovative Limavady support centres for adults with learning needs have taken to the stage. Members of Benbradagh Resource Centre, The Garden Group, The Willow Group, and Roe Leap Group members have adapted and devised unique interpretations of Roald Dahl's The Dentist and the Crocodile and two new productions The Tom & Jerry story and Stranger on the Farm.

The groups have accessed the Artskills project as part of The Playhouse's outreach programme. They have come together to showcase their work in a special performance for colleagues, family and friends.

Over the last nine months The Artkills Project has worked in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust so that the programme is available to a wide range of individuals
The new Artskills Partipcants have had the opportunity to complete OCN'S in Digital Photography and CCEA Literacy in Essential Skills. Participants have recently completed their OCN in Performance and are showcasing three plays that were adapted, devised and/or written during the course of the OCN. Artskills is a creative approaches to literacy project funded by The European Social Fund, Department of Employment and Learning, Arts Council of Northern Ireland & The Playhouse.

Artskills Project Co-ordinator Emmajane Logue said " The Playhouse's Artskills Project has been working in Partnership with The Western Health and Social Care Trust since September 2012. We are delighted to see the final piece devised or written by the participants themselves.

"I would like to congratulate them on their hard work not only in this production but also in gaining OCN's in digital photography & Performance and CCEA literacy in essential skills. We would also like to thanks all the staff that has assisted with the project on daily basis to help ensure its smooth and successful running. A lot of hard work took place behind the scenes to help develop the confidence and self esteem of participants who had never been on stage before."

Stephen McLaughlin, Western Trust Head of Community Services, Adult Learning Disability Services said: "The Roe Leap Group have been working in partnership with The Playhouse Art Skill's project since September 2012. This initiative has demonstrated the benefits of community partnerships and has also seen personal growth and development for the individual group members. The Playhouse Outreach programme provides an ideal community setting and has boosted the confidence and self esteem of all participants of the group. It has been a worthwhile project and the individuals are so proud of their achievement which they look forward to developing upon this in the future. The partnership between the Western Trust and Artskills will hopefully go from strength to strength."

For more information on the Artskills Project please contact Emmajane Logue on 02871268027 or emma@derryplayhouse.co.uk

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