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Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal introduces new groups for young people with disabilities

A theatre is set to introduce new groups into its youth theatre programme aimed at children and young people with physical and learning disabilities.

The Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds will be launching Youth Theatre Inclusion later this year.

It' funded by St Edmunds Trust for year one and then by GeeWizz Charitable Foundation for the following three.

Theatre Royal
Theatre Royal

Youth Theatre Inclusion will provide new youth theatre groups for children and young people, aged 8 to 18, and who are living witha range of physical and learning disabilities.

Theatre Royal’s artistic director, Owen Calvert-Lyons, said: “We will be the only professional theatre company offering provision of this kind in West Suffolk.

“The new groups will enrich the lives of children and young people using theatre and performing arts techniques designed specifically with them and their needs in mind.

"Youth Theatre Inclusion will support our young participants in building self-esteem, increasing confidence and developing a positive sense of who they are and what they can achieve.

"By being able to create quality art, reflecting and celebrating their unique creativity, they can explore theatre making in an inclusive and responsive environment.”

These groups will explore a variety of theatrical mediums through non-verbal delivery.

Through ongoing training, Theatre Royal will develop the programme with leading theatre companies creating work with, and for, young people with disabilities.

The support provided by St Edmunds Trust and GeeWizz Charitable Foundation will also provide specialised training, delivered by leading Young People with Learning Disabilities theatre company, Open Theatre, for Theatre Royal Youth Theatre practitioners to enable them to tailor the groups

specifically to the needs of the children and young people.

The groups will start from September, subject to any Covid restrictions.

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