Our learners performed ‘The Summer Special’ at the Pontardawe Arts Centre! | Adult Learning Wales

Our learners performed ‘The Summer Special’ at the Pontardawe Arts Centre!

27-June-2023
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On Monday 26th June, our Swansea Curriculum Development Co-ordinator, Sam Al-khanchi and Regional Administrator Olivia Stemmer had the pleasure of attending ‘The Summer Special’ at the Pontardawe Arts Centre.

The show is planned and directed by Keith Ivett and Stevie-Ann Fraser who, with the support of Adult Learning Wales, offer ‘An Introduction to Performing Arts’ session every Monday. The individuals that attend the sessions – 23 men and women aged between 18 and 70 have a range of learning and physical disabilities. The group are also supported by Keith & Stevie-Ann’s daughter Jamiee, and a volunteer.

‘The Summer Special’ is a montage of performances, songs and dance, related to television through the years and includes tributes to ABBA, The Great British Bake Off, Gloria Gaynor and Strictly Come Dancing, as well as the groups own take on the News and Weather and some of the comedy greats!

Also in attendance at the performance were staff and learners from NPTC Group, Afan College in Margam, where Stevie-Ann also teaches.

We also had the opportunity to speak to the mother of one of the learners, Kyle George. Moira said, “He loves the shows…he has been coming from the start…he has struggled in the past with his mental health and stopped going to all the different clubs and classes but having such a close bond with Keith has meant that he was encouraged to join the group again and has been part of the past 3 shows. His confidence has grown so much by coming.”

Our regional Administrator Olivia said, “It was amazing to see the impact this course has had on the learners and their confidence They have put on an amazing show and put a smile on everyone's faces!”

Our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator Sam said, “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Monday afternoon. If you are in need of a smile, this is the show for you! Grounding and wholesome!”

Click here to see videos and photos of the event!

If you’d like to find out more about the Drama Group, contact our Curriculum Development Co-ordinator, Samantha Al-Khanchi Samantha.Al-khanchi@adultlearning.wales

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