Rima – Supported Artist
September - December 2016
Whisper Me Happy Ever After, Secondary School Workshops, DDM, InterACTion and Broken Silence
How did you find out about Face Front Inclusive Theatre?
I began as a participant, researching and writing for their festival-like-show ‘Ponderful People’, which was about the community of Ponders End and the social issues people faced.
What was Ponderful People about?
Themes included inter-racial marriages, immigration and friendship.
What else have you done with Face Front?
Over the past 5 years, since 2012, I have worked on amazing projects, taking part in conferences for young disabled students to help them explore their journey, transitioning from school to further education.
I have also been involved in ‘Going Digital’ – a filming project with Kings College; Work experience and Sex Education workshops for Year 10 students. These workshops help to support awareness for the young audiences.
I enjoyed being involved in a production called ‘Determined and the Damned’ which was based on two famous women from Edmonton (Elizabeth Sawyer and Gladys Aylward) and their life experiences.
How has being a Supported Artist helped you develop?
Face Front has given me the opportunity to learn, create, build and embrace! I feel inspired, every day, to do my best and I can honestly say the company has helped me in so many ways. It has especially taught me ‘to never give up!’
Being a participant and Supporting Artist at the company, it has opened new doors, challenged me to overcome obstacles, discover a whole new world by working inclusively with people from different backgrounds.
Face Front has helped me to grow in confidence. Through working closely with everyone in this company, it has allowed me to believe in myself and follow my dreams of a career in theatre and education.
I’ve had an amazing opportunity to work on projects which educate as well as entertain our audiences. This has given me a sense of satisfaction in realising how Drama can be a powerful tool to make a positive impact on our community. I will forever be grateful for the skills and memories shared with Face Front.
And what are doing now?
I now work with other Face Front groups such as ‘Broken Silence’ – a drama group for disabled adults, ‘DDM’ – an after school club for youth and ‘InterACTion’ – a diverse mix of people of all ages.
Rima also recently interviewed and auditioned for a degree course in Applied Theatre, Drama & Education at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.