A THEATRE group has taken inspiration from 007.
Almondbury’s ArtBeat turned to James Bond during a series of dance, drama and music workshops for young people with disabilities.
The theatrical youngsters took part in stunts after watching James Bond in action, created a dance to the new Bond theme Skyfall and made a replica Aston Martin.
Rebecca Milner, who runs the ArtBeat sessions, said: “Every holidays we run the classes and have a theme and because James Bond was coming out we chose that as our theme.
“We made an Aston Martin out of chicken wire, papier mache and paint and it can fit two people inside it.
“They’ve also been doing some stunts, I created a web which they had to get under without touching it, as if it was made of lasers.
“They’ve also learnt the Bond-style jump and roll stunt.”
ArtBeat is a workshop for people aged 13 - 25 with any form of disability.
Since Rebecca started the sessions in 2010 she has seen a vast improvement in the creative confidence of her theatrical students.
“With each session you can see their speech improving and their confidence growing as they speak out more,” she added.
“We’re currently running our third year of holiday activities – the young people enjoy doing dances from shows, writing and performing skits, pantomimes, puppet shows and films.
“We also have a great time singing and making props.”
Rebecca runs rehearsals and classes in the morning and the students get to perform their work in the afternoon.
Rebecca formed the holiday group after noticing a lack of drama-based activities for disabled young people.
She added: “Giving people the chance to perform every day really allows them to try things they might have been scared of, like speaking out loud or being at the front of a dance troupe.”
The free sessions are based at the Quarry Hill Centre, Fleminghouse Lane, funded by Kirklees Council and run by experienced actors, dancers and youth workers.
For more details about December’s sessions email: firstname.lastname@example.org