This one is a real blast from the past … a video made in 2008 (woah, more than a decade ago) about IDEA drama group in Hamilton. This group, which ran for over 5 years, was for adults with intellectual disability and was all about exploring stories through process drama. Occasionally these process dramas were developed into informal performances for sharing with the public. This film drops in on the final stages of rehearsing for one of these shows. The folks from Attitude TV who made this documentary focussed on the family story at the start but for me the real value comes later in the video where members of the cast talk about what it means to them to take high status roles in the process drama: As Aaron says, “In real life I’m a trolley collector but in the play I like to be the manager.”

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