Wired Differently: Live-streamed performance

A company of teenagers are to explore what it’s like to be young and living in Hull with learning disabilities in a live-streamed performance on Wednesday 28 June, from 1.30pm.

The production has been devised and produced by Broccolily Theatre, in collaboration with Ganton School.

Created and performed by Ganton pupils, Wired Differently will investigate school, socialising and growing up with a disability through a multimedia performance, which demonstrates how we’re all wired differently.

Wired Differently is one of 60 new projects to receive funding through Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme.

The project is a collaboration between Ganton School, Broccolily Theatre and Pilot Theatre – the show’s live-stream partner.

It will be available to watch online anywhere via YouTube, as well as live-streamed to Hull Central Library and Gypsyville Library, in Hull.

Sam Caseley, director at Broccolily Theatre, said: “We’re very excited to present voices that so often go unnoticed, on the huge stage that is Hull 2017. There’s a real vitality to these young people we cannot wait to unleash.

“The live-stream and site-specific elements of the project are also exciting for us, as they allow us to play with the live experience and, in doing so, create something truly unique.”

We’re very excited to present voices that so often go unnoticed, on the huge stage that is Hull 2017.
– Sam Caseley, Broccolily Theatre

Sue Jones, headteacher at Ganton School, said: “Our work with Broccolily Theatre in the development of Wired Differently aims to take the students’ ideas to a wider audience and explore these in ways you and I might not have considered.

“Creative and performing arts give our students a chance to showcase their talents and present their audience with a different, often quirky, view of their disabilities. In doing so, these young people gain confidence and performance skills, build new relationships with other artists and,most importantly, have fun.”

The performance will take place on Wednesday 28 June at 1.30pm at Ganton School and will be live-streamed on YouTube and at screenings in selected Hull libraries. Screenings of the show will also be available on later dates at screenings across Hull.

Martin Green, CEO and director at Hull 2017, said: “Young people are at the heart of our programme, they are the ones who will inherit the longer-term benefits of what we achieve this year. Wired Differently epitomises the learning and participation we’ve tried to create and their performance will, without doubt, be extraordinary.”

Wired Differently continues Broccolily’s mission to give a platform to Hull’s unheard voices through joyful, innovative theatre.

By providing a stage for young people with disabilities to talk about their experiences, Broccolily aims to challenge preconceptions, provoke thought and celebrate difference.

This performance will explore the difficulties faced by young people with learning disabilities, and the ways spaces such as Ganton School remove these difficulties through the acceptance and celebration of difference in everyone.