We offer recorded delivery workshops for a broad range of settings. In the past we've worked with participants from Primary schools Secondary schools Theatre audiences Prisons Youth offending institutions Psychiatric hospitals Hospices Healthcare institutions
Each workshop is designed to empower participants in Developing confidence Building communication skills Expanding thinking Exploring personal narratives
The workshops use audio recordings of personal testimony designed to connect participants with a certain theme. Our central offering uses audio testimony from our recorded delivery shows:
The Listening Room interviews with victims and offenders of violent crime who chose to meet each other through restorative justice in an attempt to address some of the damage done. Themes: empathy, peer pressure, communication, violence, trauma Appropriate for: youth offending institutions, prisons, primary schools (Year 6), secondary schools, criminal justice organisations, general public The Colours interviews with patients, families & doctors in a Welsh seaside hospice, exploring the experience of nearing the end of life and communication between patients and family / patients and medical staff Themes: communication, vulnerability, courage, illness, family dynamics, memory, death and dying Appropriate for: secondary schools, healthcare settings, hospices, medical students, general public Echoes interviews with people who live with HIV today Themes: sexual health, prejudice, racism, homelessness, drugs, sexuality, activism Appropriate for: secondary schools, youth settings, prisons, youth offending institutions, criminal justice organisations, general public
CASE STUDY In 2019, we took our recorded delivery workshops on The Listening Room to five LEO Academies in Sutton. The workshops were conceived as part of a ‘Citizenship Programme’ for Year 6 students ahead of their transition to secondary school.
They involved the following activities: Students were asked to vote in response to a number of thorny questions like “Is it ever too late to say sorry?” and “Is violence ever justified?” Students were broken up into small groups, where they listened to pieces of an audio recorded interview. The interview featured a young man who had met his victim through restorative justice after serving a prison sentence for a violent crime. One person in the group listened to the recording and repeated what they heard – ‘performing’ the character to the group – the groups were then rotated until the whole interview had been performed. Students pieced together the man’s story in a discussion. Students revisited the initial questions.
The workshops were designed to give students a better understanding of the impact of their actions and the benefits of open communication ahead of their transition into secondary school. After each workshop, The Listening Room was performed to the students and they saw the character's narrative in the correct order, juxtaposed with others. Schools were provided with an educational resource pack designed to complement the PSHE curriculum for Year 6 pupils transitioning into secondary school. Feedback on the workshops included:
“A terrific day for Year 6” “I witnessed how children were excited and engaged” “It makes me think it’s good to talk to people about things” “I hadn’t realised about the impact that hitting somebody could have” “The characters were all very brave” “The workshop was lots of fun - I want to do it again” “With the headphones it was like performing but not scary”
Our approach is flexible and we can also develop workshops around themes of your choosing. Get in touch and we’ll discuss how we can work together for maximum impact.