Xplosion DDM

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Xplosion DDM

A performing arts group for young people to begin to experience Drama, Dance and Music. Young people attend for between 18 – 24 months and then they are encouraged to move on to integrated or mainstream arts activities.

Members

Young disabled people from 11 – 18 years. There are approximately 12 people in the group

Activities

The group is introduced to drama, dance and music skills and have also worked with film.

They create their own performances, sharing them with friends and family and the general public.

They learn leadership skills and run sections of each session. They also run workshops and perform scenarios in local schools.

Three recent cohorts have gained bronze and silver arts awards and two members achieved a gold arts award.

It’s a great place to improve confidence, make friends and be creative.

Meeting Day

Wednesdays after school

Meeting Place

Face Front studio, 52 Market Square Edmonton, London N9 0TZ

Duration

2 – 2.5 hours 

History

‘Xplosion DDM’ was set up and named by a steering group of young disabled people, and supported by Youth Opportunities in Enfield.

They have been running successful clubs since 2007 with each new cohort bringing a different energy and dynamic.

They have put on many shows, made films and linked with other groups sharing arts activities.

The young people gain both arts and social skills and grow into confident and happy young adults.

Funding

Xplosion DDM is funded by: Children In Need, Enfield Council, and Big Lottery

Case Study

One of the group members found it very difficult to take turns when she first joined. She would only focus when all the attention was on her and when she was doing something she had chosen. (Some of the group thought she was a 'diva'). If she was tired the whole group would know about it. She would get very argumentative and take herself off to a corner and sulk. Consequently, she found it hard to make friends or learn in any sustained manner.

Slowly but surely she began to realise that the sessions were about taking turns. She saw that being an encouraging yet critical audience member, watching others in the group and them watching her was enjoyable and important for all of them to improve their performance pieces. At first, when asked to perform in front of others she would giggle or refuse or would do it once and never again. But as the trust grew within the group and she learnt that the leaders and other group members had high expectations of her, she began to take her performance and group work seriously and managed to choreograph her own dance piece which she performed and delivered perfectly on many occasions. 

She also found difficulty following improvisations at first. She would just say whatever came into her head. As time went on, she understood about role-play and was able to take on another character and follow the action of the piece. She also learnt how to lead games and exercises and was extremely proud of herself when the rest of the group enjoyed a game that she had set up.

These skills that she learnt at the group changed her and helped her to understand and make use of skills to make and keep friends, to be able to understand how others felt and how to help and support them. Consequently, she gained a group of firm friends that began to go out socially together as well as getting on better at school. She also learnt how to be able to listen and learn from others instead of blocking learning by getting angry and refusing to contribute.

Her parents were overjoyed at the change in her and were incredibly proud of her achievement in her amazing dance solo, her wonderful improvisation and in her gaining a silver arts award despite severe learning disability.

'She absolutely loves coming here, it is the highlight of her week. Her dance solo was amazing and she would practice it at home. Her confidence has improved, and so have her moods. I could not believe that she led a group game.'

'I love dancing and acting, I love coming here, I don't want it to finish - EVER' Participant

What They Say

They really went with the programme and understood what I was trying to teach them. They are so confident now’

Guest Tutor

‘Their confidence has grown so much and now some of the shy ones are also speaking out more at school’

Support Worker and Teaching Assistant

I wasn’t confident when I started, I got very embarrassed but now I have learnt to be confident and I can lead games and perform’

Participant

‘There is a notable difference in their confidence levels, at first there was a lot of giggling, or members refused to show their work to each other. Now they are proud of their work, speak out, maintain eye contact, believe in themselves and even ran a workshop for 30 mainstream children, I was so proud of them’

Project Manager

It has been a pleasure to work with DDM. They have all achieved the Silver Arts Awards with flying colours.

Arts Award Tutor

They are not just my friends; they feel like my family’ 

Participant


Face Front Inclusive Theatre | Limited Company No. 05154096 | Registered Charity No. 1116506
Main Office & Studio: 52 Market Square, Edmonton Green, London N9 0TZ - Telephone: 020 8350 3461

Email Face Front: info@facefront.org  

PATRONS - Matt Fraser & Josette Bushell-Mingo