Developing Independence: The experience of the Lawnmowers Theatre Company

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)819-829
JournalDisability & Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999
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This paper describes an action research project in which the Lawnmowers Theatre Company (a company of performers with learning disabilities) mounted drama clubs and a series of night clubs for people with learning disabilities. The objective of the project was to demonstrate that initiatives involving what might loosely be called 'drama' offer important opportunities for adult education and that night clubs for people with learning disabilities can be effective in providing new opportunities for social contact and also recognition for disability arts. All of these factors, it is argued, are important if people with learning disabilities are to be taken seriously as capable, interesting individuals with something useful to say. The project found high levels of participation and a range of skills acquisition.