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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Storytelling projects with Keith Park

Keith Park is a writer, performer and teacher who has worked in a  number of educational settings in the UK and Australia.  With Nicola Grove he is the co-author of 'Odyssey Now' and 'Macbeth in Mind', the first two books to make classical literature - Homer and Shakespeare - accessible to people with autism and severe learning disabilities.

Keith runs inclusive workshops on a wide range of stories,  and in a variety of community settings, including Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre, Bible Stories in Cockney Rhyming Slang at Westminster Abbey, and Dickens and Chaucer at Rochester Cathedral.

Bible Stories in Cockney Rhyming Slang

In February a group of pupils from Drumbeat went to Westminster Abbey to lead an interactive performance of  Bible Stories in Cockney Rhyming Slang in front of about 150 people.  Stories included David and Goliath in football chants and The Prodigal Son Of Peckham Market. 

It was a great success and Drumbeat pupils have been invited back to the Abbey in July for another performance, this time in Westminster Abbey Gardens.

Chaucer and Pilgrimage

In March a group of Drumbeat pupils joined an interactive storytelling project taking place at Rochester Cathedral and Aylesford Priory on Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales.

Pupils participated in a performance of Chaucer's 'The Wife of Bath's Tale.'  Another project on Chaucer is being planned for later this year at Rochester Cathedral

Joint projects with other Lewisham schools

A group from Drumbeat School has joined a group from Greenvale School to create an interactive storytelling group.  The group is currently working through a number of scripts, including versions of Hans Christian Andersen stories such as 'The Red Shoes' and 'The Snowdrop.'

Next term we are planning a second joint project with Watergate School that will run simultaneously with the Greenvale project.

'Reading for Pleasure - SEND' Conference 2014

Keith has been approached by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to be a Keynote speaker on how to make story telling accessible for all pupils at all levels. Keith will be taking a group of Drumbeat pupils with him to the conference to perform and show examples of storytelling for all.