We run arts, drama, music, animation and dance classes in Ipswich, Suffolk for children aged 7–16 on the autistic spectrum. The children create film, theatre and dance projects that develop their confidence and communication skills.
Our students made the Big Top film over a three month period in 2012. It was produced by First Light in conjunction with Colchester and Ipswich museums, and involved many hours of drawing, cutting and animating.
The initial workshops took place at the Reg Driver Centre in Christchurch Park in Ipswich, where we studied animation techniques from the likes of Aardman Animations. The film was shown at First Light in Colchester. It's the third film we've made with the kind help of Colchester and Ipswich museums.
We first ran classes for children on the autistic spectrum in 2003 at the request of Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre. The theatre has donated space for us to hold drama, movement, music and other performing arts classes and workshops ever since, while we've secured funding from various organisations over the years.
As well as putting on our own classes we often hire guest tutors to run workshops for the children.
We run classes on Saturdays at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre. The whole term costs just £18. The next term's classes will take place on: