Research - Week #2 What's Your Story? (In Balamory)


"When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own." - John Berger



Putting Our Heads Together

Session number two. All familiar faces. Together we read a book, a book without words. What do you see?


Getting Physical

Up on our feet, a song-led face off and a quick round of Zip Zap Boing. 


Uncovering the narrative

Finding the puzzle pieces that make the story. 

Units of Action

Condensing our story into bite size chunks. Paul was our scribe. Beginning, change, build up, climax, crisis and end. 



Catherine was the MC in our story lottery. We experiment with structure. What comes next?

Playing the story

We inhabit our four walls. We each draw a door and step into the world of our imagination. Faisal plays the arch villain and our ensemble his henchpeople. We all board our boat and sail away.


Journey Sticks 

We end our workshop with a rite of passage. Our journey sticks retell our stories and a spontaneous rap battle brings the session to a close. 


My name is Nathalie Carrington, this is my reflective diary following my research on how a two-way creative exchange between performers with learning disabilities and drama school graduates can impact theatre as a training and communal activity. This research is being done in partnership with LAMDA, University of Brighton and BCH to further understand the benefits of inclusion of learning disabled artists within professional actor training.

Nathalie CarringtonLAMDA