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A nose for a different idea; Why are young actors with learning disabilities taking up to 10 big hooters on to the streets of Brum? ROZ LAWS finds out.

HE star of a new short film is certainly unusual - but it's not to be sniffed at.

t. This huge nose, made of cardboard and chicken wire, is the focus of the film Nobody Nose.

It's been made by people with learning disabilities and is set to run and run.

There are up to 10 more hooters being made, set for an outing on to the streets of Birmingham for a piece of outdoor theatre called Nosey Parkers.

Here's a fun film going behind the scenes on the making of Nobody Nose, presented by Jake Jarvis who is autistic.

He says: "Filming outside was really fun but a bit awkward and embarrassing because you're carrying a giant nose while filming, with a lot of people staring."

The film, made on the streets of Birmingham, has been made by young actors with learning disabilities who meet every week at Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the theatre group One of a Kind.

They have been joined by other students from Queensbury and Hallmoor Secondary Special Schools and The Pines Primary School - in total 60 filmmakers aged between seven and 19.

Picking a giant nose was the idea of Liz Leck, the Hippodrome's creative learning manager, and is based on The Nose by Russian satirical writer Nikolai Gogol.

Liz explains: "One day this Russian man wakes up and he hasn't got a nose. He sees his nose parading around the streets of Moscow. We use this concept to create a film around the idea of young people feeling different.

"Everyone was looking at him without a nose and the youngsters we work with feel different, as if everyone is looking at them too. How do you deal with that? "We took the nose around Birmingham to get a reaction. Now the nose is going to run and run, as we are entering the film into competitions.

"And we are creating more noses for a piece of street theatre called Nosey Parkers, which will be part of Summer In Southside at the end of August (29 and 30) and Birmingham Weekender at the end of September (26 and 27).

"We are making around 10 new noses and will be putting them in parka jackets to process through the streets.

"It will be outdoor and interactive with the public, which is very hard for some of these youngsters. It will be a real challenge for them. The arts are hugely important to them, it is really life changing. It can give them so much confidence and build their self-esteem.

"It gives them a voice, as often they have never had a chance to be heard.

"When they see themselves on screen, there's an amazing reaction."

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Date:Aug 21, 2015
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