Actitout Drama Services
Drama and people with learning disabilities
Linda has worked as a drama practitioner for over 10 years with adults with learning disabilities running drama workshops, writing, directing and producing tailor made shows for her actors to perform and has produced 17 theatre productions in the last 7 years.
From 2008 - 2015 Linda worked with three drama groups on a weekly basis for the Ormerod Trust based in St Annes on Sea, Lancashire. During this time she developed an excellent rapport with her actors and developed their abilities and talents far beyond the expectations of their support workers, family and friends. Their greatest achievement was the original production 'Ormerod Then and Now'. The sleeve notes from the DVD of the show read:
'The Ormerod Trust Theatre Company performed ‘Then and Now – Our Version of Events’ at the Lowther Pavilion Theatre on the 6th and 7th December 2013. Written and Directed by Linda Hampton, the play travels through the turbulent history of the Ormerod Home, its residents, and their stories. Starring the people of the Ormerod Trust, this masterpiece is not only a fascinating retelling of history, but a triumph of achievement for all involved.' If you would like to purchase a copy of the DVD priced £10 please contact Linda via the 'contact us' page. All proceeds go to the Ormerod Trust.
She also acts as a consultant to organisations starting up a drama group from scratch. Linda can give help and advice, ideas for starting workshops and even visit your school or organisation to run workshops to get you started. Please contact Linda for more details.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Actors with learning disabilities performed their version of A Midsummer Night's Dream as part of the Shakespeare Festival)
"A performance full of humour, joy and good will. The cast are veteran performers and their enjoyment of drama shines through. ...with drama teacher Linda Hampton."
-Lynne Pattinson, Blackpool Borough Council
'Just to say we thoroughly enjoyed your performance this afternoon - the children were buzzing about it when they got back. We would very much like to do more with your group, and perhaps extend to some other classes if you felt that was something we could do. I discussed with some colleagues when I returned to school that I felt as if I watched barriers being broken down, especially when my class joined your actors on the stage.You were all fantastic. Well done!!'
Year 6 teacher
Thames Primary Academy