What is Whodunnits?
This project aimed to positively change the lives of young people with learning disabilities who have told us they don’t visit heritage sites due to accessibility by opening up local heritage to them. The project offered heritage staff training and supported experience of work with YPWLD in order to make heritage more inclusive in the future, supporting strategic change and the development of employees' individual skills.
Taking inspiration from Cluedo (invented by Anthony Pratt from Birmingham), a group of young people with learning disabilities, emerging film-makers and young history students engaged with West Midlands heritage settings and learned about objects, people, stories and living conditions of various time periods. The group also looked into real-life mysteries (disappearances, scandals, hauntings) related to the settings.
In response to the heritage and at the sites, the group devised four short Cluedo-inspired films.
Our final celebration event was held at Highbury Hall, Birmingham (the floorplan of which Cluedo's layout is rumoured to be based on) to launch the films and website and share the experiences of all involved.
Learn more about the history of Cluedo!
WhoDunnits! was devised and delivered in partnership between Open Theatre and The Company LTD
About Open Theatre
Open Theatre Work As Creative Enablers
We use nonverbal physical theatre to collaborate with Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPWLD), creating quality art which reflects and celebrates their unique creativity.
We wholeheartedly believe in the ability of YPWLD to contribute to the creative and cultural life of the places where they live, and work as advocates for their valued involvement as artists and leaders.
Open Theatre run workshops in schools, professional development programmes for artists with learning disabilities, accessibility training for cultural organisations, make theatre performances, and more!
About The Company LTD
The Company work with artists, schools and Local Authorities to develop and deliver programmes for young people to inspire creative talent.
Their work includes:
Designing creative media projects with children and young people from 3 years to 25 years
Managing city wide creative projects
Delivering Training and Support for Arts Award and Artsmark
Producing events for artists and schools
Documenting and Evaluation projects
Developing opportunities through delivering courses and workshops for young people
Created by our project researcher, Lydia Richmond