A Week With No Labels by Cally Phillips

A Week With No Labels

byCally Phillips

Kobo ebook | July 28, 2012

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Come and spend a whole week with No Labels (fictional) Drama Group and learn that there is no such thing as challenging behaviour, only creative behaviour. Meet the cast and share in their journey, as they dispense with the Learning Disability label and teach us through drama and comedy that labels are for tins not for people. These stories are poignant, funny and based on real experience. An insight into the world of marginalised people and a tribute to their strength and humour. 

This omnibus edition includes all five of the daily dramatic episodes previously e-published as No Labels Monday to Friday: Are you sitting comfortably? The play’s the thing, Politics is rubbish, Fairy cakes or cup cakes? and The Recycled Musical, with the addition of another episode ‘Something For the Weekend’ published here for the first time. 

What readers have said about No Labels: 

This is perhaps the most useful understanding of learning difficulty (which also includes dementia) that I have ever come across.  Julia Jones 

It's a great read - funny, entertaining, but also thought-provoking in the best sense of the word. With each wee adventure, it gently challenges your perceptions of people, labels, and the values on which our society SEEMS TO run. I've just finished reading it and the characters are all still vivid for me. I know they'll stay that way for a long time, too. Bill Kirton 

Title:A Week With No LabelsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 28, 2012Publisher:HoAmPresst PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0956683843

ISBN - 13:9780956683847

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Groundbreaking! This is a very important book. The author introduces us to the background to the book, inspired by the real 'No Labels Drama Group' funded by an advocacy group run by adults with leaning disabilities. The book however is about a fictional 'No Labels' Drama Group inspired by the real 'Boaloian Drama Group' which the author explains is based on the work of Augusto Boal, founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed Movement. With an introduction to the cast and with the author as the group's facilitator we are taken on a journey of a week of drama in which the group work out and perform various plays usually those dealing with important issues of the day affecting the group and society in general. These are reworked or reinterpretions of well-known plays or stories. But really you need to read it in order to appreciate the sheer hard work and fun that goes into the plays from the costumes to the characters themselves, to the prompts that bring this series of plays to life. On Monday the group define themselves and decide 'labels are for tins not people'. This is an important recurrent theme throughout the week. Of course, we soon understand that it is a micro week and one Monday is an amalgamation of many Mondays and so on throughout the week. The No Labels Group decide they want to put on a 'real play' with 'real characters' at a 'real theatre' with a 'real audience'. Something like Shakespeare. No pressure there then for their facilitator! But she and the group rise to the occasion. What follows is a hilarious adaptation of Hamlet (I won't elaborate any further as I don't wish to spoil it). That is Tuesday taken care of. Wednesday is Politics and our group performs to the Scottish Parliament for Disability. They have a message 'politics is rubbish'. Yes, the No Labels team put on a play with a message about reducing, re-using and recycling. The theme of Thursday is about choices - real and informed choices - and again takes the form of a new angle on an old story: The Emperor's New Clothes. Friday is recycling day in the form of a musical: recycling songs in the group's own adapted version of Aiken Drum. Whereas the weekdays, Monday to Friday, are full of scheduled activities for the No Labels Group their facilitator (the author) is shocked to discover (as we are as readers) that 'for most of the group a care package doesn't include activities on the weekend'. She wants to redress this and one weekend the No Labels Group are invited to put on a play about healthy eating at a hotel. I think this has to be my favourite part of the book as we share in the freedom, spontaneity and novelty of people, most of whom have never been away before. It is like a holiday to them and free of their usual constraints, amazing things happen to all concerned, not least to our facilitator, and new and deeper friendships are forged. The book is written in a chatty, colloquial style. I learned a lot from this book. It was enlightening, entertaining, fun and carried an important message. This is what you are left with and what you will take away.
Date published: 2015-01-24