Project Description

(all institutions are participating)

TITLE:  IMAGINE MDVI — An Inclusive forum to develop Movement, Action, Gesture, Improvisation, Negotiation and Expression of Multiple Disability Visual Impairment adults.

The overall aim of the project is that, through transnational collaboration, the participants explore and develop the concept of Theatre for MDVI adults. The project will develop the potential and talent of these clients so that they can be actively involved in public performance. Our experience has shown us that MDVI individuals become expressive, happy, vocal and that they enjoy performing in front of an audience. However they need the right training and support. In many cases, we need to change our perceptions of what theatre is and who can be involved. In this project we will explore the meaning of theatre across each culture and the place for MDVI within it. Working from one classic script, each participant will create an adaptation suitable for their client group. This will be performed in our member countries across Europe. We will analyze this and create a set of guidelines to be used by any professionals working with MDVI in the area of theatre. These guidelines will promote inclusion within the theatre. We will produce a DVD containing performances, interviews and evaluations of participants, clients and parents to show how involvement in a theatre project has enhanced the life and well being of the clients.

We will share good practice and knowledge across our institutions by hosting seminars, workshops and performances for all member countries. We will disseminate our findings on the Website which will be created for the project.

Therefore the partnership will address ways to overcome barriers and help to implement the UN Declaration of Rights for People with Disabilities in all our member countries.


Motivation for this project and why this is needed

We recognize the importance of Theatre as a medium for MDVI to explore their possibilities and talents. They can develop self esteem, confidence understanding of emotions and participate as active citizens in their member country. There is a lack of resources, material and information at present. We will produce a set of ‘Guidelines’ for professionals working in, or who want to work, in this area of Theatre with MDVI. The material will help to draw the target group out of isolation and open opportunities for sustainable development which is not currently available.

Project Objectives and strategy

To train staff to develop their skills and competencies in the following areas:

Sharing, good practice concepts and Theatre methodologies with colleagues in different countries.

To recognize the capabilities of each client to perform in the Theatre. In order to facilitate this, we will produce a set of guidelines developed from the best practice all over Europe. Multidisciplinary teams-care, mobility, residential etc.  Funding technical aspects, cultural backgrounds different perspectives of theatre and our own experiences. Some curricular ideas and plans will be developed.

Results and outcomes (expect results products )

Website, DVD, Guidelines as an handout,  also for Professionals in former schools for actors.Plan a performance in knowledge the capacities of the Theatres companies in the different countries of their participants to presented the show during the ECVI Congress in Istanbul

Questioner for a Radio Interview

Added Value

Professionals working with MDVI adults in the area of Theatre, will be better equipped by using the findings of this project.  By using the guidelines they can develop a better understanding of the dramatic talent and responses of each client. They are encouraged to change their expectations challenge their old ideas and look at their client in a new way. The client, in turn, will grow in self esteem, confidence and self-belief. Therefore this project will through transnational communication, develop the greater European cooperation which is needed to understand and share the cultural and artistic diversity of forms of Theatre. Professionals working with all disabilities will have the use of the knowledge gathered in this project and will be able to use it in their practices. This will increase the opportunity for inclusion and facilitate the employment of the individual with MDVI.

The clients enjoy practical theatre experiences. They laugh, their face changes, their body opens, they remember, they get a feeling of well being. It is healthy and clients get the chance to be humorous about their life. It is a holistic approach. It is a positive impact for family, friends and community. Professionals addressed through this project will be better equipped to work on the inclusion of individuals with MDVI in theatre activities. The participants in the project have the opportunity to compare and share methodologies in each country. This will have an impact on teaching and staff training in their own organizations.

Share information with all who work in the Theatre buildings. (Technical, staff, actors…)

Education for professional actors especially those with no experience of MDVI.

The more people are educated, the easier inclusion is!


Germany will take the role as coordinator.

Germany is responsible for hosting a workshop on how to adapt classic scripts and texts for MDVI adults in the Theatre.

Italy is the second coordinator and will assist Germany in the coordinator.

Italy is responsible for collecting material showing best practice within their cultural background and the type of disabilities

Scotland is responsible for hosting a workshop on drama methodologies, for the evaluation frame and collating evaluations throughout the project and a starting point for MDVI adults in Theatre.

France is responsible for giving a workshop by Guy Coulanjon, a blind professional actor/ director.
One of the NEW PARTNER will be in charge of the projects website.

All partners are responsible for collecting materiel for the DVD and Germany will collate this material and create the finished DVD.

Each country has the responsibility to develop and create a performance based on an agreed text. Using this text, each country will develop a performance appropriate to their client group and make short film sequences of the performance. Through this we can compare best practice, cultural interpretations of text and adaptations that have been made in the Theatre to accommodate MDVI.

Each country is responsible for recording an interview with clients after the performance. These personal responses are part of the evaluation.

Seminars and Observational Visits to each partner country.

1st Meeting – Organizational-Evaluation framework, collecting material – Italy (Oct 2012)

2nd Meeting – Workshop on adapting Theatre Texts for MDVI; Munich (Jan 2013)

3rd Meeting – Workshop on methodology – Scotland (Mar/April 2013)

4th Meeting – Performance with Visual Impairment adults

Radio Interview with Guy Coulanjon (blind actor) –France (Sept 2013)

5th Meeting – Final Evaluation, DVD of performances, Guidelines (May 2014)


Effective cooperation through the project will be through a Web site of the project, well established links, work group meetings, seminars and workshops, Web blog as a platform for communicating, electronic mailing lists and English as the accepted working language.

For each work meeting, each hosting country is responsible for:

– Preparation and circulation of materials

– Presenting materials at the meeting for reflection and analysis.

Managers, trainers and staff from the working group and other professionals will be included throughout the development of the projects work.

Clients from each country will be involved in preparation for workshops, during the workshops, preparation for the performance and during the performance. Their opinions are vital to the evaluation process and will give feedback on their experience and involvement.  Clients will participate in Radio Interviews where appropriate.

Interviews will be conducted with some clients parents.

Seminars and training with guidelines for the staff of institutions on procedures and best practices. These will be included in staff development programs in partner organizations because managers are involved and can ensure that the information is disseminated and integrated into their practices.


Scotland will be responsible for evaluating, internally and externally, the capacity and content developments of the project. This will be recorded and evaluated after every meeting.

Clients will be interviewed after participating in each area.

France will develop a frame for evaluation questions for feedback from clients and participants.

To assess the impact of the Project’s developments in partnership working it will be necessary to examine what impact they made in the field as well as in the individual organization. This will form part of the monitoring and evaluation process.

Internal Evaluation: at each Meeting, and as the Project progresses, each participant will be asked to complete an Internal Evaluation Form which will be collected and summarised by Vision Europe for recommendations for action by the Project Management Group. This process will address issues of participation and development by the participants.

Dissemination of results and experiences will be reviewed at each meeting, on the project website, local newspapers, networking of the organizations and conference. Dissemination will be an integrated role of every partner and will take place from the start of the project. We can share our results at conferences such as ECVI and DBI and links with Universities, drama teachers and Drama Schools. Our results could be also published in the newsletter of EURO-NET MDVI and ECVI

Partners from each country will offer seminars and workshops in local institutes about Theatre and MDVI.


1st Meeting – Organisational-Evaluation framework, collecting material – Italy (Oct 2012)

2nd Meeting – Workshop on adapting Theatre Texts for MDVI; Munich (Jan 2013)

3rd Meeting – Workshop on methodology – Scotland (Mar/April 2013)

4th Meeting – Performance with VI adults-Interview with Guy Coulanjon –France (Sept 2013)

5th Meeting – Final Evaluation, DVD of performances, Guidelines (May 2014)