The KIC beginner programme is called New Mutiny and is aimed at young people with little or no experience of physical theatre. It’s an introduction to the KIC style of work and is fun and dynamic. New skill-frames such as street dance and physical theatre image-making are taught in a creative and enjoyable environment. It’s a great place to make new friends! New Mutiny performs in a physical theatre display at the Lyric Theatre every December.
The KIC Core Ensemble is for teenagers who have learned the basics of the KIC physical theatre style. We take the beginner skill-frames and do more with them. In the Core Ensemble we encourage young people to pay attention to what is going on inside them at any moment on the workshop floor. We also help them find the necessary ways for them to say what they mean, be it in words, movement or mime. The Core Ensemble includes young people across a very diverse range of abilities and backgrounds. What they have in common is the value they place on the natural gifts of everyone in the ensemble and the joyful expression they give to their own.
KIC has a unique reputation for developing the creative capacities of young people with disability in a way that gives them time to familiarize with KIC skills and prepares them for working with other young people as creative equals. KIC offers a project for adults with a disability who have ‘grown-up’ in KIC with the discipline of a uniquely imaginative and truthful physical theatre approach and also works with disabled adults who wish to become professional performers. KIC showcases work in the annual Bounce Arts and Disability Festival for professional artists with disability.
Lyric Theatre Creative Learning Programme
KIC is in partnership with the Lyric Theatre to establish an All Ability Physical Youth Theatre Project as part of the Lyric’s Creative Learning Programme. This project aims to influence and establish the new identity of the theatre through highlighting the equal value of professionally led artwork created by young people of all abilities and the profound importance of truly integrated quality arts programming. KIC runs physical theatre modules in special needs schools to prepare students for the Lyric programme, as well as training for students in mainstream schools who wish to enroll as volunteers.
University of Ulster
KIC provides physical theatre training modules for youth work students at The University of Ulster Jordanstown and Magee campuses. This annual training inspires and empowers youth workers who are working with the hardest to reach young people in the most challenging social settings.