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© 2016 by Creating Freedom Limited

Theatre for Everyone

Creating Freedom facllitate workshops for people with a variety of physical, mental, and circumstantial challenges. Our methodology, The Science of Acting, provides access to human thought processes, and addresses topics which are often taboo or challenging to address using traditional therapies. Our projects have positive outcomes for populations including:

  • People with disabilities of all types, both adults and children.

  • People with chronic mental health issues.

  • Veterans and people who have been through trauma. 

  • Prisoners and people in rehabilitation.

  • Individuals with suicidal thoughts or who have been affected by suicide in their communities. 

  • Populations dealing with addiction prevention and recovery from addiction. 

  • Refugees and immigrants.

  • Young people and at-risk youth. 

  • People with eating disorders: We are currently lookinig for pilot projecs in this area. Based on our success with suicide prevention, we believe we will be able to have success with people suffering form anorexia and bulemia and are looking for partners willing to do projecs and measure outcomes with us for these conditions, which are resistant to traditional therapeutic appraoches. 

 

Through drama, we are able to make major improvements for people dealing with challenges in communication, self-discipline, self-confidence and empathy. We have been working for over a decade, providing astonishing outcomes in workshops and production projects ranging between 5 days to 10 weeks. We have done work with people with both mental and physical disabilities, deaf and bilnd people, prisoners in correctional institutions, refugees, people with chronic mental health issues and other underserved populations. 

 

"This was the best thing that has happened in the 9 years I've been working at the centre; these 4 or 5 weeks changed everything."

Iman Hamdi, Social Centre Manager, NHS Horton Mental Health Rehab, UK

 

We believe that art and creativity are for everyone and all humans have the capacity for contribution. We have worked with communities that typically are considered untouchable. Please reach out to find out how we can work with your community. 
Creative Director, Alex Dower

"Alex is not just directing a play but healing their souls with his attitude, his stunning intelligence and his ability to get out of difficult situations with humour and tact. The lads did not figure him out right away but when they did they accepted Alex's authority and listened to him absolutely." 

Drugoi, Russia’s top blogger

"Wonderful work, I don't know how you managed to produce this. A real service."

Dr. Joseph Pillai, Consultant Psychiatrist

 

"Very important work"

Professor Peter Fonagy OBE

Q&A

What are the workshops like?

Our workshops are designed for 10-20 participants as well as volunteers, family members and/or care givers. typically, each workshop will be 5-10 days (6 days is recommended), 3 hours per day, with a 2-hour session for care professionals and actors, and directors, to learn the methodologies they can implement in their work.  At the end of the workshop, the participants present a theater production to the community.  Theater productions are 15-30 minutes, depending on the abilities of the participants and the length of the workshop. We can provide workshops anywhere in the world.

 

Through this work, people with physical and mental disabilities are able to develop awareness, sensitivity, empathy, self-discipline, confidence, improved levels of attention and focus and the ability to resolve difficult personal issues and relationships.

 

Depending on the populations, our workshops include participation with family members, care professionasl, volunteers from the community and local actors and directors. All of the people participating in the project get new insight into their own thinking processes and the ability to use these tools in their own lives and the lives of people they care for. 

 

Through the use of these community resources, we not only create outcomes for the participants, but also a new level of relating to the community.

 

 

What outcomes are availble to participants?

First and foremost, our projects are fun for all participants and volunteers. Participants learn valuable skills through joyful play. 

  • Self-awareness, sensitivity, empathy - developed through exploring emotions of the characters and working with others 

  • Self-discipline: through the need to create a final production by a deadline, and play a part with correct timing 

  • Confidence: through seeing a work from start to finish and receiving positive feedback

  • Ability to work with others :as the project occurs in a group

  • Improved levels of attention and focus

  • Ability to resolve difficult personal issues and relationships: through seeing how their actions affect others in real-time

  • Contribution: the knoweldge that others are enjoying the work they created

  • Control over emotions: insight into how the human thought process works and the ability to control and eliminate the negative thought processes that lead to eating disorders, addiction and suicidal thoughts.

  • Hope: for populations dealing with major traumas, suicidal thoughs, or barriers such as inequality, the tools and understanding of how to use their own internal resources to succeed in the face of any circumstances.

  • Completion with the past: for people dealing with drama, loss, and addiction recovery, the ability to leave behind regrets, trauma, and failure and create a new future.