So Many Words Theatre Company has rebranded as . . .
Please visit our new website www.youcan.me.uk where you can find out about our inclusive arts programme, as well as opportunities in sports and outdoor pursuits for young people with disabilities.
'The best thing about So Many Words'
So Many Words is a vibrant arts organisation working with young people aged 12 – 21 who have learning disabilities. Starting as an afterschool club in 1995, the company has grown and flourished to become a regional arts base for young people who want to use drama to explore their creativity, express themselves and fulfil their potential as artists.
So Many Words is member-led, meaning that our young disabled members are involved in making decisions about how the company is run and what projects they would like to do next. Our work aims to challenge stereotypes and show the public what disabled people are able to achieve.
The group creates unique productions of multi-media theatre, which are performed at the Lowry Theatre and across the North West. All our shows are entirely devised by the actors who use their own experiences to create thought-provoking entertainment.
So Many Words uses Theatre of the Oppressed to allow young people to explore issues, problem-solve and break down barriers. The techniques provide members with an inclusive method to voice their opinions, speak out and feel empowered. This work is mentored by Julian Boal, son of Augusto Boal, the founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed movement.
The company trains young disabled adults who have a passion for the arts, so they can become workshop leaders, directors and theatre technicians. Recently, our young leaders have designed a workshop package about Disability Awareness which has been delivered to professionals from Mencap, The National Trust and council staff in the North West and Midlands.
Our Current Work
Workshops, projects, performances, festivals and more...
The company is currently recuiting young people to take part on an international arts trip to the Dordogne region of France in September of this year. The group will use the beautiful surroundings to inspire artwork, theatre and drama.
Every Thursday, the company is joined by community dancers from DanceSyndrome. The sessions are fully accessible and young people involved learn to choreograph their own expressive dance routines and develop movement skills.
Young actors meet every Saturday during term-time to develop their acting skills and experience different aspects of theatre.
Julian Boal is the world's leading practitioner in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. He has been involved with the company for 8 years as a consultant and mentor, developing our facilitators and driving our programme forward.
The group works regularly with top Manchester poet, Mike Garry. His projects open up the world of text to young people, and break down the barriers associated with reading and writing for our members.
'Mike makes everybody laugh. He's got good poems and he gets us writing some.'
Our Previous Work
Achievements, reflections and memories of past projects...
So Many Words opened 2012 with two fantastic performances at the Lowry Theatre.
8 young performers collaborated with Opera North, Candoco Dance Company, Mike Garry, Ben Dixon and DanceSyndrome to devise our most ambitious piece of dmultimedia theatre to date. The show was performed twice at the Lowry and the group performed for the first ever time at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
'I really enjoyed the whole performance I was in. It was at the Royal Exchange Theatre. It had lots of characters and and lots of audience watching the stage. We had Ben Dixon singing with us. We had a big screen. We had to have lots of rehearsals. I was nervous on stage at first but we had stage directions with Jamie.'
Toby, group member
In May 2012, 6 members of the company passed their Silver Arts Award. The group worked with DIY Theatre Company over a 9-month period to research and evaluate the arts, meet with local artists, perform their own pieces of drama, and explore how they might develop their own career in the arts.
This made the young people very proud of the project that we have done. Also the group had fun by joining in and getting more experience. We would all like to say a big thank you to DIY Theatre for helping us with all of this.'
Find Us . . .
Postcode: M30 9DY