Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round.
Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood doctor thought it was sugar. Her current doctor thinks its ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?
With autobiographical storytelling, comedy, and conversations with audiences, Declaration is a vibrant and daring adventure of school day survival tactics, super-hero alter-egos and the stumbling blocks to self-acceptance.
Developed in consultation with medical professionals and mental health support groups, Declaration examines the faces we wear to fit in and what happens when we dare to stand out.
ADHD Awareness Training
Alongside our tour of Declaration we delivered free day-long ADHD Awareness training sessions in partnership with ADHD Foundation for those working with young people in education and youth settings. The training equipped participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively support the needs of children and young people with ADHD, covering classroom strategies, coping mechanisms, building resilience and nurturing constructive environments.
Declaration tours with ‘SPACE’, a well-being room curated and hosted by mental health practitioner Steph Walker. ‘SPACE’ offers audience members a cup of tea, chat, well-being tips and activities, as well as signposting to well-being initiatives and services. It is a vital component to help safeguard vulnerable audience members, and is available to access before, during and after the performance.
‘In five years of thinking about the post-show offer to audiences, Declaration‘s well-being room is among the best I’ve encountered: a model of practical generosity’ – Maddy Costa, Exeunt
The Coiled Spring Club Workshop
‘ADHD isn’t just the media spun image of a young boy tearing round a supermarket, it’s so much more than that. With so much focus on boys, women and girls with ADHD can feel invisible, but not anymore…
The Coiled Spring Club is a creative drama workshop to explore making ADHD your best friend and greatest asset! We’re here, we’re visible and we’re ready to find a creative way to explore our ADHD; watch out world! I have ADHD. What’s your superpower?’
ADHD Panel Discussion
At Stratford Circus we hosted a post show panel discussion with bloggers, campaigners and ADHD specialists about the themes of Declaration. Guest panelists were: Sarah Emmott (Co-creator and performer of Declaration), Jane Sedgwick (Mental health nursing Tutor at King’s College London and executive committee member of the UK Adult ADHD Network), Penny Jarrett (Youth leader, mentor, writer and blogger whose posts detail her experiences of ADHD) and Poppy Ellis Logan (Founder of Attention UK campaign, which raises awareness of the barriers and challenges facing people with ADHD in the UK).
With thanks to
Developed with The Lowry. 2018 tour in Association with the ADHD Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England and Sir Andrew Martin Trust. Supported by Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture and Social Impact Fund and Unity Theatre Trust. This project has been made possible by a grant from Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
2017 tour in Association with Oldham Library and the ADHD Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by The Granada Foundation, NHS City Health Care Partnership Foundation, Fowler Smith & Jones Trust and Action Oldham.Early development supported by The Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust and Art with Heart Kickstarter Backers.