What are the physical processes in a rehearsal room when directing a physically disabled actor in developing a non-disabled role?
This study discusses my directing process and techniques when working with a disabled and non-disabled actor to develop non-disabled roles. There have been several influences in the workshops from practitioners such as Grotowski and Ann Bogart. I then took this research and adapted my workshops to my own directing style for the purposes of JM and KB. The project presents reflection and academic research, evaluating the process in working with a disabled actor. This is complimented by a qualitative approach of practice-based study; evidenced in the form of a portfolio and recorded evidence. It follows the journey of directing with a disabled actor from the beginning processes of warming up to the latter processes of blocking and the final demonstration. The aims of the project are to highlight the processes of working with a disabled actor, (the adaptions, space and needed time) and to compare the working differences with an abled bodied actor and a disabled performer. In addition, to analyse my own directing process through this study so that I may use these skills in my future career. The results of this research project conclude with an aim to continue working with disabled practitioners within the Lanarkshire area where there are possible resources such as adaptable space. To incorporate my directing process within my new company and create inclusion within this company for both disabled and non-disabled practitioners.