Introducing - The How Are You Project

Laura79

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***For people with non-physical disabilities and chronic illnesses in the UK***​

USE PARTICIPATORY THEATRE TO EXPLORE THE QUESTION “HOW ARE YOU?”

“The How Are You Project” runs as short, group or one to one workshop sessions on Zoom.
  • The project is a safe space to creatively explore how we navigate answering “how are you?”
  • Participants (and facilitator) include people with a wide range of non-visible disabilities.
  • Participation is free - attend as little or as much as you like.
  • The project is founded and facilitated by Laura Rees, previously an actor for 20 years in London’s West-End, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Royal National theatre, BBC, ITV.
  • The development of this project is funded by the Arts Council of England.
  • For more detailed information or to share your interest please contact Laura at (email address)
 

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@Laura79 - i do have a quick question for you.. is it absolutely necessary to have a webcam to attend a session?
i live in a very rural area, and as such, my internet access is not the best... no DSL, cable or anything like that.. speed is actually quite slow by current standards - better than dialup, for sure, but not by a lot, LOL
 

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@Laura79 - i do have a quick question for you.. is it absolutely necessary to have a webcam to attend a session?
i live in a very rural area, and as such, my internet access is not the best... no DSL, cable or anything like that.. speed is actually quite slow by current standards - better than dialup, for sure, but not by a lot, LOL
Hey @cookiebaker. No it is not necessary – it certainly helps for the group sessions to create trust in the group, so perhaps sharing your face at the start would do that – and then switching off your camera after that. I always encourage participants to participate in a way that works for them, that's really important – and access to tech is very much included in that. One-to-one sessions is also an option, which could simply be done as a phone call. I'm still in the process of designing the sessions – but I feel strongly that everyone should participate in a way that works for them. I hope that answers your question? Keep them coming! ;)
 

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Thank you for that info, @Laura79 - kind of a relief, really, lol
i would be fine using a static picture, if that would help others... but I tried Zoom once with a friend that is only a few hundred miles away - it did not go well, lol I can just imagine the issues trying to stay connected with a group, or even one on one, that is several thousand miles away, LOL
 

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Thank you for that info, @Laura79 - kind of a relief, really, lol
i would be fine using a static picture, if that would help others... but I tried Zoom once with a friend that is only a few hundred miles away - it did not go well, lol I can just imagine the issues trying to stay connected with a group, or even one on one, that is several thousand miles away, LOL
@cookiebaker dont worry at all - we will find a workaround with either working in a group or one-to-one. :)
 

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Hi there! Sessions for The How Are You Project have been going really well - there is another group session on the 17th of December, and then I will be continuing one-to-one sessions through January. Please DM me if you would like more details! TY
 

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@Auriel's "How Are you today" thread reminded me of this one for more appropriately posting something I just experienced, cos I didn't actually get to answer that question someone asked me...:

So a few hours ago a retired colleague saw me and we only had a few minutes, but he did ask the How are you? question and then pressed for time sort of answered it himself: You look really great, just like when I first met you.... He was a complicated person, but in this case I could easily & gladly take it as:
I know you've got a lot on your plate and can hardly work, but all the same you seem cheerful and positive, and that's good, keep it up.
Then I came home and my wife said: I think you're doing too much, your face is pale and your lips are white, please be careful. Which was again sort of good for the self-care to hear, as it's true.
But I've just eaten which has made my lips redder, so now I can be naughty again, tee-hee 😄, I'm off to overdo it a bit...
 

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I know, for every person that tells you look well there's always one that tells you opposite 🤣
 

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I would totally do the same thing. Perhaps just putting up emojis over and over 😆
Please don't suggest this. The delay is there for a reason. Have patience.
Also,
A person who kept putting up emojis in order to reach the necessary number of posts would likely be viewed with suspicion and may find it takes even longer.
 

sweetkamie20

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Please don't suggest this. The delay is there for a reason. Have patience.
Also,
A person who kept putting up emojis in order to reach the necessary number of posts would likely be viewed with suspicion and may find it takes even longer.
I would delete my joke-gone-awry but that's yet impossible 😑. Feel free to delete it if it's helpful.
 
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