"We attended the forum theatre workshop in the summer of 2019, which was part of the therapeutic training provided by Barnardo’s.
Jason is a natural host. His tone was clear and calm. You could hear a pin drop as he explained to the audience the context of each scenario, which was brilliantly played out by 3 fantastic actors.
We were immediately struck by the professional direction and skilled approach of the actors as they adapted to their roles, setting up each scene in front of a packed room of attentive listeners.
The subject matter was delivered with honesty and emotion, seen through the eyes of the parent and then the child. After each scene Jason paused the action and asked open questions of the audience, which drew out a range of observations and interesting discussions.
Each scene was an intimate insight into the lives of an adopted family. For us it was helpful to see the difficulties and challenges of becoming an adopted parent. It was also a revelation for us to see the difficulties and challenges seen through the eyes of an adopted child, all being played out with emotion in real-life situations.
It was clear that Jason and the team had written the scenes from a great depth of knowledge and compassion. To observe and then switch each scene from the point of view of each participant was an excellent idea. The underlying emotions portrayed by the characters allowed us to empathise with each point of view – parent, child – and understand why problems and a lack of understanding can happen.
This training has enriched our understanding of our child’s way of seeing. The training has been a lifeline in situations where we feel ‘bamboozled’ by emotions and has taught us to ‘step outside’ situations and imagine what it must feel like for our child.
May this brilliant training be given the opportunity to support many other adopted parents."
"The true life experiences portrayed were amazing. The actors worked great and put across everything really well. Jason was really helpful in all understanding and made you feel at ease. Would definitely recommend and would also attend another."
"Thankyou, Jason and the team at Semblance Theatre. A wonderful combination of thought provoking theory and non-judgmental playful acting through role-play, encouraging me to put myself in the mind of my future child to better offer comfort, compassion and healing.
I felt safe and comfortable to engage and felt able to learn more in an interactive teaching environment."
"Thankyou very much Jason, what a powerful training day. Great teamwork, thankyou for this opportunity, absolutely needed this."
"Jason and his team were amazing! They were fun, engaging, encouraging and supportive of peoples feelings throughout.
I would highly recommend to anyone that is going through the adoption process. We learnt a lot from it and left feeling motivated and positive about the journey ahead!
It was great!!"