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Mind the Gap

  • Date: 8 September 2009
  • Artform: Theatre
  • Area: North

A seven-year dream came to life for Bradford theatre company Mind the Gap as it formally raised the curtain on its award-winning new £2.1 million home in November 2008.

The new Mind the Gap studios, comprising three fully equipped spaces for rehearsal, workshops and training, was opened by Mind the Gap’s Honorary President Baroness Lockwood on 18 November.

It is based within the iconic Lister Mills in Manningham, Bradford and designed by Allen Todd Architecture. The building has already won an Inclusive Design Award from CABE, the government’s advisor on architecture and public spaces.

Delivered in partnership with Bradford Council, it was made possible by a £1.25 million Lottery grant from Arts Council England, Yorkshire as well as investment from the European Regional Development Fund, Bradford Council, the Wolfson Foundation and WREN.

Mind the Gap, which we support with regular funding, performs both around the UK and internationally. It supports people with learning disabilities to become professional actors, and provides opportunities for actors with learning disabilities to achieve their potential.

The company is renowned for its theatre productions, for its theatre training and for its Actors Agency that helps the industry cast professional actors with learning disabilities.

The new space will help the company to achieve even greater artistic success, creating and touring innovative productions of classic texts and original new work.

The first event was held at the company’s new home on 4 December 2008, when it hosted the Moth Ball. This included live performances, music and ballroom dancing (with help at hand for those who were new to this) and a beautiful moth mask to take home.

Visit the Mind the Gap website at www.mind-the-gap.org.uk