About The Unspoken Project CIC
The Unspoken Project CIC is a professional theatre company who works with disabled and non disabled performers.
At the moment our artistic work centres around the issue of Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC). AAC means forms of communication other than oral speech; for example communication books and electronic communication aids
Our work will go somewhere to confront the misrepresentation that is rife in society of disabled people, particularly those with communication impairments, by providing positive images of disabled people.
We do this in two ways, by creating our own work with our professional theatre company and by our community and education work where we run drama workshops for people of all ages.
We use dark humour a lot and at times go a billion miles beyond what is considered pc so YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!
We believe in an egalitarian approach to theatre. We work with disabled and non disabled actors. We also believe if the character or part has an impairment then it should be played by an actor with that impairment. To quote Kate, one of our directors who has cerebral palsy, Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar in "My Left Foot" for playing a brilliant spazzie. However that part could have been played by a real spazzie. (We acknowledge that there might be impairments that have issues and difficulties in putting them on stage e.g. severe autism or profound learning difficulties. When and if this is the case full consultation with them, if possible, or relevant experts will be carried out.)
WHO WE ARE
Kate Caryer - Founding member of the Unspoken Project CIC, she is an AAC user and has a BA Hons in Performing Arts: Community Development and an MA in Disability Studies and Special Education from the University of Leeds. She has tried her hand at continuity announcing for Channel 4, she has been a practitioner at Haringey Shed inclusive children's theatre, she has run work shops about independent living and inclusion using role-play for Empower 2001. She is an active member and supporter of Communication Matters. She has presented many papers at the Communication Matters conference and internationally at International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. At the 2014 Communication Matters she won the Alan Martin award for contribution to the arts, partly for her work for The Unspoken Project. She was writer and actor of "The Speechless Workshop" for Unspoken Project in 2014 and writer, actor in Speechless.
In this society, if you haven' t got speech you don' t have a voice. The Shining a Light report by Communication Matters suggested that fewer than half of the people who need a communication aid actually have access to them. I have always been passionate about theatre and the performing arts and I want to raise awareness of this unspoken situation, I think that by combining these mediums I can create something that raises awareness as well as being fun and accessible to mainstream audiences.