Artist in Residence at The Richmond Park

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Mask workshopAqueous Humour is the Artist in Residence at The Richmond Park KS3 PRU.

This relationship came about through a Creative Partnerships project. Aqueous Humour Director Tom Hogan with Nerissa Cargill Thompson were engaged to direct a devised installation drama piece to engage pupils around the subject of living independently and general life skills. [more about that project]

The School deemed the project “The single most successful intervention project they ever had at the school”. The project created a buzz around the school that sticks in the minds of staff that are still at the school.

After chance meeting and a short discussion with the school, Aqueous Humour became resident at the school in 2009. We are delighted with our relationship with KS3 PRU and are developing the relationship every year. We were sad to leave at the end of 2015 when the PRU moved and Richmond Park was demolished. However, even though we will not be based at their new home, we hope that the relationship will continue and have some potential projects in planning.

In our time here we have:

• worked with teachers offering professional training,

• performed shows for students in preparation for touring our performance work

• created student placements in partnership with Manchester university

• offered drama engagement projects to the students

Monday workshopMonday Morning

Monday Morning was a programme designed to engage students first thing on a Monday morning. The aim of the programme was to have the impact of a group work session at the beginning of the academic week. There had been a perceived escalation in negative behaviour in the school. This intervention was a fun lesson to start the week focusing on working together impacted positively on the behaviour in the school in the following weeks.

Emotionally Literate

Richmond Park KS3 PRU are our education partners in the development of our new mask programme exploring emotional barriers to learning.  For more details.

Drama Therapy

This project offered the young people an opportunity to use drama and other creative therapeutic techniques to explore healthy relationships with self and others as well as promote self-esteem and confidence.  We secured funding to work with Drama Therapist, Jennifer Riding, to run a series of group participatory drama therapy sessions at two of Manchester Secondary Pupil Referral Unit sites for three terms. Read more here.