Q: Is Dyspraxic Drama UK a theatre group?
A: Dyspraxic Drama is a personal development group for dyspraxics 16+ using applied drama (unscripted and improvised), not a theatre group nor is concerned with acting performances. It provides professional services where workshops & one to one sessions may include character and/or scene work aimed at confidence building, and rehearsing life, interpersonal skills, difficult conversations using applied drama and positive psychology methods to find new responses & insights to flourish. This is not concerned with acting skills to create a "perfect performance" nor about putting on a show for these reasons, though I'd encourage you to give exercises a go to get the most out of these.
Q: Do I require prior acting experience to attend?
A: No prior acting experience is required and all dyspraxic 16+ with a formal diagnosis or suspect they have it are welcome regardless of their prior acting experience.
Q: I am not based in the UK can I attend?
A: Yes you can as long as you meet the above criteria concerning dyspraxia symptoms and are aware that all sessions operate according to UK time.
Q: Will I be supported and will my performance be judged?
A: No all services are strictly non-judgemental, supportive and confidential in accordance with the Association for Coaching's ethical standards and ground rules for your comfort and safeguards. You are encouraged to give things a go, as there are no mistakes nor right or wrong answers. While we may sometimes evaluate solutions using experimental theatre (e.g by forum theatre derived methods), we will never evaluate your overall performance as you are never being assessed, although be open that some solutions you may try may not always be effective and is such case is no reflection on you as person. If you have any extra requirements that I should be aware of as faciliator, please let me know and I will accomodate this the best I can.
Q: Is this a therapeutic approach?
A: No this is not a therapeutic approach or is this mentoring. My approach is coaching (not psychotherapy) focusing overwhelmingly on the here and now to help dyspraxics with everyday issues you may experience from interpersonal/relationship, communication/conflict management issues, organisation, self-care, motivation, decision making, expand their confidence and comfort zone and more, than for severe clinical issues requiring psychotherapy that focus on your past. It is strengths-based than problem-based, involving asking thought-provoking questions & applied drama to enable you to gain new insights and identify positive resources & ways to use these to improve your future happiness to flourish, than strictly removing problems nor is expert advice given unlike mentoring to empower you.
Coaching can also approach challenges holistically and help with complex issues by exploring how related issues impact on others to find solutions, than exclusively focusing on a specific problem at a one time. The process is additionally, goal-focused, particularly during one to one session where mutually agreed goals/actions can be set for completion between sessions (typically practical than written) to help you achieve your desired outcome than strictly what occurs during sessions. Finally coaching is highly person-centred according to your needs and involving exploring your own perspective and that of others for new insights and empowering for the future.
Q: How much do services it cost?
Costs vary according to the type of service, duration or whether these are workshops or one to one coaching sessions. Please check the revelant sections of this website on personal coaching, workshops and news and updates for further information.
Q: What I can expect during workshops and one to one services?
Although workshops may vary in the content ranging from lighthearted basic improvisation games with imagined scenarios to increase your happiness to more in-depth personal dramatic scenarios based on real life events or use character work to explore your internal challenges, strengths, values, decision..etc the general format is: introductions & ground rules discussion, short talk to provide workshop aims, theme and background, dramatic enactments (of imagined scenarios, personal scenarios or challenges you wish to explores), check out and reflections. After each dramatic enactment, I will ask attendees reflective questions to help them identify new resources and gain new perspectives to improve their future life quality. When scene work occurs attendees are encouraged to devise or create scenarios themselves under my guidance that are unscripted but have some basic rules to follow, in accordance with agreed ground rules per workshop. Instructions are clear and concise for your comfort but do not hesitate to let me know if you require any further information for your support.
For one to one sessions I would typical offer an initial 20min introductory session to clarify your aims and desired outcome and explain my approach further & ensure these are coaching issues. These are entirely confidential and supportive for your needs, but be advised that I will ask common coaching questions for these reasons and clarify your current situation and the reasons you want to make changes. Follow-on sessions last an hour and clients set the agenda for each session on what they would like to work on and I will support and help you achieve this using a range of coaching tools derived from positive psychology and applied drama to flourish. Please note that all services are on zoom only till further notice. Thank you.