Bamboozle Theatre Company Workshop - Open Call

The British Council and National Arts Council present internationally acclaimed Bamboozle Theatre Company’s (UK) The Bamboozle Approach, an exceptional approach to making theatre for children with autism and complex disabilities.

From 19 to 21 September, join Artistic Director Christopher Davies and trainer Nicole Arkless in a series of exclusive hands-on workshops. 

Artists, special education teachers, and disability professionals are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to gain knowledge of the concepts that underpin this ground-breaking practice and learn practical techniques that can be applied immediately.

To ensure a rich and deeply engaging learning experience, participant numbers will be kept small and limited spaces will be available. 

How to apply

All applications are to be submitted through the registration links below. Registration will close by 25 August.

Applications will be assessed for suitability and a confirmation email will be sent to confirmed participants. The Education, Foundation and Advance workshops are limited to 25 participants per session. All registrations are subject to availability. The Organizer reserves the right to limit and/or refuse any registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email.

Course Fee
The full cost of training is subsidised. 

Duration 
All workshops: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue Partner: National Museum Singapore (Level 2 Seminar Room)

Access 
If you require any specific access assistance for the workshops, please do contact us: arts@britishcouncil.org.sg

For more information contact: joanne.tay@britishcouncil.org.sg

Workshop Details

19 Sept (Tuesday): The Bamboozle SPED Workshop (Teachers) 
Aimed at Special Education teachers working with children with special needs, participants will be introduced to the Bamboozle Approach and its application in schools and creative education.

The approach engages with children and young people with a range of cognitive and behavioural needs, moving students’ engagement with the world to a deeper level. This workshop is suitable for educators.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
This workshop is suitable for educators working in the SPED sector


20 Sept (Wednesday)
: Foundational Bamboozle Approach Workshop 
For artists new to working in the special needs sector, this workshop will introduce you to the Bamboozle Approach and provide a foundational study on how to work inclusively in the theatre. The workshop will be suitable for artists who wish to:

  • Understand the principles of a relaxed performance and an immersive performance
  • Understand their audience
  • Learn about creating a multisensory production and preparing the child with special needs for the theatre
  • Study the creative methodologies and processes to develop productions suitable for children with special need
  • Test their newfound skills in a practical application

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Participants must demonstrate an interest or capacity to work with children with special needs and a commitment to working in the sector. 

21 Sept (Thursday): Advance Bamboozle Approach Workshop 
The workshop is open only to artists who have taught or worked extensively in the special needs sector. This session is suitable for participants interested to:

  • Learn how to start and grow an inclusive arts company
  • Understand the ethics behind working with children with special needs
  • Translate special education skills to artistic creation
  • Attend a hands-on practical session to test and workshop a mini multi-sensory piece

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Participants must have experience working with children with special needs and a commitment to working long term in the sector. 

In the event of overwhelming response, each organisation is limited to no more than 1 place in each workshop.  Priority will be given to participants who demonstrate interest or capacity to work with children with special needs, or already have experience working in the sector.

 

About Bamboozle Theatre Company

Bamboozle Theatre Company was founded in 1994 by Christopher Davies and Sue Pyecroft, since then we have been delivering magical, memorable, multi sensory experiences for children and young people with moderate to profound learning difficulties as well as those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. We have built a strong reputation for the quality and integrity of our work. The impact can be transformational; from helping an individual child with extremely challenging behaviour to stay in a room, work with others and contribute their own ideas to supporting whole families to connect and play together to effecting the attitudes and practice at a whole school level.

About Christopher Davies (Artistic Director)

Christopher Davies is a director, writer and educator and co-founded Bamboozle Theatre Company in 1994. As Artistic Director, Christopher writes and directs the company’s touring shows, runs the acclaimed training programme, facilitates Bamboozle’s residencies for schools and families, produces resources for use in schools, and is developing Bamboozle’s “ways to engage students with Autism” programme

Christopher continually seeks ways in which we can improve our methods of communication with young people for whom making themselves understood is a daily and life-long challenge.

After 13 years teaching in primary schools, Christopher spent an inspiring year at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He then joined the Leicestershire Drama Advisory Service where he ran courses for teachers, worked in special schools and set up youth theatres for students with learning difficulties. He has tutored on Leicester University’s MA drama course, run INSET courses nationally and led training workshops for many organisations including The National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. As a director, he has created work for the London and Edinburgh Fringe and toured internationally.