Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Soap Box Video: Drama & Film for Adults with Learning Disabilities


Sharon Woodward / WoodwardMedia ran a 5 week video production course working with Cornerstone in Didcot and Abingdon & Witney College.
Creative Learning for employment, there are many ways to learn new skills and develop and improve on those you already have.
Based on some work I had done in schools for pupils with mild and complex learning disabilities. I developed a course with Miranda Laurence the Arts Development Officer, Cornerstone.


Soap Box Video: Drama & Film for Adults with Learning Disabilities Influenced by TV programmes such as: Miss Marple, EastEnders, Heartbeat and Casualty.
Over the 5 weeks leaners were involved in a process to create a short improvised video drama.
Throughout the process we explored skills such as Developing Communication, Planning, Organising, Team work, Time management and Confidence building.


The Birthday Party (short video)
Synopsis: When wealthy Scott Lockwood organizes a weekend celebration for sister Stephanie's Birthday. She is ready for a wonderful time with friends and family. However, the weekend becomes a darker occasion and not everybody is who they appear to be.
We received excellent feedback from those taking part.


Some of the comments:
“Really enjoyed it.”
“Great! Think I should have got 10 years at the end.”
“Brilliant!”
“Was great! Pleased we made a happy ending.”
“Really brilliant!”
“Good to learn about missing your cue”
A small extract of the film will be shown at the Access All Areas SHOWCASE, on the 23rd June 2017 at Cornerstone Arts Centre

The drama made by the group will also be shown on the 12th September 2017 at the Westbank Portobello Film Festival


Sharon Woodward / WoodwardMedia here

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Soap Box - Access All Areas

Soap Box (the soap trailer)

I was asked back again this year to take part in the Access All Areas (celebration for people with learning disabilities), project at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot on the 15th July. 


 
The previous year I had run a radio drama course over a number of weeks leading to the event.
This year I ran a video drama taster session, where we made our own Soap Opera trailer. Taking the idea from such soaps such as Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, we also thought about other drama series such as Casualty. 



The days events are dedicated to people with learning disabilities, currently a wonderful Art Exhibition on by The Shadowlight Arts, who I often support through promoting their work via social media. I was also assisted by a member of the group.


Soap Box is planned as a future 10 week video drama course run by me (Thursday mornings) for people with learning disabilities starting in September 2016 at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot.

Thanks to Style Acre and Cornerstone Arts Centre
For more information please see links below: 

Sharon Woodward is WoodwardMedia, believing in the power of film-making. To make a difference with individuals, charities, educational establishments and the local communities. Sharon works as a documentary film-maker and a media tutor. She runs community workshops and currently  teaches on the Adult Education, Alternative Film School course at Film Oxford


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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Memory cafe workshop

I ran a workshop in Newbury as part of the monthly Memory Caf├ęs for people living with dementia and their carers.
A friendly, drop in session which is designed to provide support for people living in Newbury and West Berkshire. 
It has involved a number of artists visiting the Cafe and working with those who drop in.The activity programmed has support of the Alzheimer's Society and will help stimulate the brain and enrich the lives of people living with dementia.

 To see the full video of these session they did with me 
click below:

Stuck Outside Iceland - Community Radio Drama

Working recently with Style Acre I delivered a 4 week radio drama project . Final drama to be aired on the 24th July at Cornerstone, Didcot at the Access all Areas open day. 


To hear full radio drama clip below:

Taster workshop click below:

The Year is 1985 and HMS Didcot leaves port in the UK. The passengers look forward to visiting Memphis and New Orleans. However, things do not go to plan and the holidaymakers find themselves at the mercy of a broken ships engine.
Radio workshop, part of Access all Areas. This project was delivered by Style Acre with support from Cornerstone, South Oxfordshire District Council and funding from Oxfordshire Skills and Learning Service.

For Dominic & Amanda's radio interview click below:
Mark Watkins Radio Show - Radio Blast 1386
 
For radio interview with Sharon Woodward click below:
Mark Watkins Radio Show - Radio Blast 1386


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