I am a ‘critical friend’ – a co-thinker and research partner to Richard Hayhow, director of Open Theatre. We have presented at several national conferences demonstrating the health as well as learning benefits of the non-verbal physical theatre practice he has developed. Following Wulf (2012) we call this ‘mimetic learning’ and recognise it as a form of theatre developed with and for people with learning disabilities using ‘psycho-physical’ actor-training processes (Hodge 2012).
We have written and published about this work. Most recently we presented a workshop demonstration at the Inspiring Curiosity Conference 21st October 2015 in Coventry. We are currently developing a two day conference ‘Is that all there is?’ to launch an initiative to develop the practice of arts organisations with and for young people with learning disabilities on 9th and 10th March 2016, at the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham.