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Mind the Gap create workshops to explore hate crime around disabilities

  • Date: 8 November 2012
  • Area: North
Two young actors

Mind the Gap. Credit: Tim Smith

Mind the Gap, a professional theatre company working with learning disabled actors, has set up a programme of interactive workshops which will explore the issues around disability harassment and hate crime.

Real Voices Real Lives will be presented by professional learning disabled actors through a series of short performances, designed to stimulate learning through participation, discussion, interactive role-playing and sharing of experiences.

Covering subjects from topical news stories to the 17th century witch trials, the workshops are intended to encourage debate within a supported environment, exploring the hidden stories of people with learning disabilities, including mate crime, hate crime and violence.

Bradford-based Mind the Gap has over 20 years' experience in producing professional touring theatre productions, including Of Mice and Men, Stig and Irresistible which was part of the London 2012 Festival. Real Voices Real Lives is unique in offering training delivered by professional learning disabled actors who also have direct experience of the issues explored and forms part of the organisation's artistic programme raising awareness about issues affecting people with a learning disability.

The workshops are aimed at people with learning disabilities, healthcare, disability and public sector professionals, and further education students and can be adapted to suit different requirements. Please contact the organisation for details.

Tim Wheeler, Artistic Director of Mind the Gap said, "The journey for people with learning disabilities over the past 25 years has been tremendous. However, there is still a darker side to attitudes and treatment. Real Voices Real Lives aims to help stimulate awareness and offer real practical solutions, for those on the receiving end of hate crime, and those that support them and effect policy."

Mind the Gap is one of the Arts Council's national portfolio organisations and more information about their work can be found on their website.