What we've been up to this month:

“I wanted to say thank you to Steven and Laura. They literally let my imagination run free and there aren’t many times where my imagination gets to run free…” – Playmakers participant

“Mousetrap brightened up my life” – Playmakers participant

Shakespeare, Pinter, Beckett… None of them were a match for the budding playwrights who took part in our recent Playmakers project! Over 40 primary school students who were deaf or hard of hearing, or experiencing difficulties with speech and language worked collaboratively with a professional playwright to write their own mini plays.

Imaginations flourished and the scripts, which featured a time-travelling scientist from the 15th century, a pirate cook, and a train which helped recover lost and cherished possessions, displayed a wealth of creativity and humour. The students, who came from 4 different schools, compiled their pieces over the course of 6 workshops and then watched them being performed by professional deaf and hearing actors at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley. The students’ excitement at witnessing their work on stage was electric and many of the teachers reported seeing a real change in their students following the project.

“It’s kind of a life-changing experience for the children… We know now that they think, ‘oooh I could write when I grow up, I could be an actor when I grow up, I can do anything, it doesn’t matter that you’re deaf’ and that is amazing.” – Teacher of Playmakers participants

Playmakers is a playwriting project for deaf and hard of hearing primary school students focused on boosting confidence, encouraging creative expression and improving literacy skills.