4th-7th March 2013
1. Describe how the project has gone for you to date.
All partners are agreed that the project has developed in the time between meetings. Some have focused on facial expression and body language and brought in the expertise of other specialist staff. Others have looked at their client groupings and examined how different client groups can best access ‘The Tempest’. With some it may simply be done using sensory stimulation and developing this. With more able participants, it will involve looking at characters, their relationships and the story. Most participants like the fact that we are collecting and collating information from each country. Photographs, artwork, DVD’s and PowerPoint presentations.
2. Have any challenges presented themselves as a result of this meeting and how did you resolve them?
Each participant highlighted the challenges faced in putting on a final performance next summer and how we get there. All agreed that we have still lots of decisions to make on how best to involve our clients to illustrate the best they can do. Also some people were concerned on how best to get their client group involved in work on ‘The Tempest’ – finding different methodologies that works for them. Others were restricted by the time-tabling constraints of their school and the existing work that needs to be completed. How best to fuse these different constraints to produce a piece of quality theatre where we are all represented equally? This is a big question that will be carried forward to our next meeting.
3. What positive aspects do you see for yourself and your organisation at this point in working transnationally on the specific subjects of this project?
Participants appreciated what they can learn from one another and how they can bring this to their own teaching. It was useful to see the work done in Italy with a different client group to Munich. Everyone enjoyed the show and seeing the enjoyment on the clients’ faces and enthusiasm of staff. Some participants mentioned that it gave them more of an insight of how a drama co-ordinator/teacher should be and highlighted the importance of teamwork. Each participant country was sympathetic to each other’s difficulties and celebrated their successes.
4. Were there any uncertainties about preparing information for the meeting? If yes, what were they?
Most participants felt that they were prepared for the meeting though it was raised that they were less clear on what the final outcome will be. It was pointed out that each participant country has developed their own way of doing ‘theatre’ and each method has a valid and important purpose.
5. What are the highlights you will share with colleagues from your organisation?
The observations in Osimo that partners liked were the language used in Italy to communicate with deaf blind clients, tours of the workshops with emphasis on independent, meaningful work and looking at different learning styles. Participants also highlighted the importance of sharing ideas and working methods.
6. What factors of the Munich meeting will contribute to your own professional development and how will this influence your daily practice?
All participants feel that they will have a more creative approach on their return to work. Adapting The Tempest may be a challenge met by using more music and finding ways for clients to be more independent in the knowledge that it is ok to try things out and make mistakes. The aim is to find out what works best for your own client group.
7. Have you been able to raise and discuss points within the group that you wanted to?
It was widely thought that ‘yes’ people were able to do this. The discussion was chaired and controlled. People found it easier to raise points now that the group have got to know one another better. Language continues to be a barrier and a difficulty for all.
8. Are you clear what your objectives are for the next period?
Yes, all participants are clear on this.
9. What specific elements have been gained from transnational working?
A general enthusiasm from all participants to achieve the best for their clients – this can be carried forward through the entire project. The opportunity to get to know different cultures and methods and that can reflect on and improve your own practice.
10. Do you anticipate any problems in meeting these objectives?
The public performance stands as a challenge to all. Participants highlighted internal problems, finding appropriate partnerships both inside and outside their organisations and constrictions imposed by timetables, educational holidays and deadlines.
11. Length of meetings, accommodation, future.
All participants were very happy with meeting time and accommodation. All appreciated greatly the Italian hospitality!
For future meetings, participants would like to see more examples of work in progress. To hear about the difficulties and what worked well in doing ‘The Tempest’. Some would like to attend and participate in theatre workshops. It was mentioned that we will need written scripts and clarify our responsibilities for the final performances. And participants would like to begin to put together the ‘guidelines’ as a way of moving forward.
All participants are keen to have a good time together!
Aine Murphy April 2013