As a result of a lively and entertaining Branch Get-together in October 2019 with Isobel McCoy from the Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Service and Pam Wardell, Drama Teacher, BBC Radio Producer and Director, we are piloting a Drama for Fun group led by Pam. The sessions are for People with Parkinson’s as well as their family and care-partners.
After a half-term break, sessions begin again on Thursday 20th February, 6.30-7.30pm in a new venue – The Garden Room, Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent , EH3 6NE, and will continue there on a fortnightly basis. As this is still a pilot, the sessions are free.
These sessions are not aimed at performance but at providing the opportunity to work with the voice through vocal exercises, play-scripts, rhymes, tongue-twisters, sound effects, storytelling and other vocal communication including smiles and laughter. The intention is to keep the vocal folds (cords) and facial muscles working well and to improve voice projection, speech clarification and intonation.
The new venue is the big church in Bellevue Crescent on the left of Broughton Street (bottom end) towards Canonmills. Parking may be available in the crescent or across the road. The Lothian no. 8 bus stops in Broughton Street close to the church, otherwise the venue is a short walk from York Place.