Arts Council England award funding for new youth theatre sensory show ‘The Nightingale’

Young Learning-Disabled artists to take centre stage in Red Rose Chain’s new theatre production

Ipswich-based theatre company, Red Rose Chain, has been awarded £24,586 for The Nightingale, a new adaption of Hans Christian Anderson’s story that will be devised and performed by young people with learning disabilities.

The Nightingale will provide 14 members of Red Rose Chain’s Golden Chainers group with an important opportunity to develop their professional practice, all supported by established professional artists.

Golden Chainers is one of Red Rose Chain’s free at source and open access community groups engaging young people with a learning disability or additional needs. They meet for weekly workshops and have created exciting new work which has recently had overwhelming responses at theatre and film festivals.

Led by Artistic Director Joanna Carrick, this new adaption will include a range of collaborative elements, including ensemble movement, clowning, speaking and singing, as well as sensory theatre. The completed production will then be performed for audiences with Learning Disabilities (LD) and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD).

Joanna Carrick said, “I am so excited about this project. We are developing a seriously talented group of young people and we are looking forward to taking the work to the next level. The impact on the personal well-being of the group is enormous and we are seeing incredible growth in self-esteem and confidence. It is wonderful that Arts Council England have recognised the importance of this work.”


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