The British Council and National Arts Council presented internationally acclaimed Bamboozle Theatre Company’s (UK) The Bamboozle Approach, exceptional approach to making theatre for children with autism and complex disabilities.
Since 2003, Bamboozle has worked with hundreds of families with children with special needs. Families, artists and educators are invited to attend the British Council's GREAT lecture at the Artground, a contemporary children's arts space at the Goodman Arts Centre. The Bamboozle Theatre Company is known throughout the UK for providing some of the country's most disabled children the opportunity to interact meaningfully with the world, and to confound expectations of what children with special needs can achieve.
Artistic Director Christopher Davies and Nicole Arkless shared their experience working with schools, families and artists in creating possibilities for children and treated audiences to a live demonstration of the Water ritual. The lecture was attended by a diverse crowd of art makers, venue programmers, educators and parents. Artground was an exciting new venture for the children’s theatre sector and the ideal location for a public lecture.
Artground was able to create a space that welcomed both children with special needs and their parents, which was important for the Water Ritual demonstration that Bamboozle wanted to conduct. A total of 6 children and their parents participated in the Water Ritual segment, 5 of whom have special needs. The leader of the parent support group had positive feedback for the event, citing:
- The conduciveness of the location
- The provision of volunteers to tend to their special needs children so that they could attend the lecture
- The Water Ritual demonstration helped the audience to understand the unique Bamboozle approach
- The best takeaway was that they felt inspired by Christopher to work with their special needs children
The lecture was held on Friday 22 September 2017 at The Artground (90 Goodman Road #01-40 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053).
As part of British Council’s Inclusive Arts Programme, there was sign language interpretation at the GREAT Lecture for audience members with hearing impairments.