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We support a theatre company of disabled adult actors called “Partners” who have been based at the Wyvern Theatre for over twenty years. They develop original productions with their own music and dance elements. Reach employ experienced arts professionals who facilitate the group to record and express their ideas and feelings authentically and creatively. The shows that they produce are toured around secondary schools in the local area and achieve audiences of over a thousand school children.

 

The Company tackle difficult issues which have affected their lives whilst maintaining high entertainment values. Partners have developed shows which have addressed alcoholism, family breakdown, domestic violence, homophobia and homelessness. The themes for their shows are developed in collaboration with secondary school Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) co-ordinators around subjects which are broached in schools at Key Stage 3. The schools on their tours consistently report that their shows both depersonalized difficult subject which can then be addressed positively and objectively and present positive images of disabled people.

 

Partners are an inspirational group who have been taking their work out to schools and public venues in the region for over ten years. They are testament to the beneficial effects of drama as their skills in self expression and advocacy grow. The group have changed many times over their history and every year brings new members and new personal challenges and triumphs.

 

We also run an annual youth theatre event which begins on an outreach basis with  teenage disabled people from three Swindon Schools at the transition stage from education into adulthood. Reach employ experienced professional arts practitioners to develop performance pieces with the young people. The theme of the project is “Who do you want to be?” and explores their aspiration and hopes for their future, adult lives. Each school then performs their own original piece on the main stage of the Wyvern Theatre supported by the arts workers.  Reach expands the impact of the day beyond artistic aspiration by establishing an opportunities fair in the foyer of the theatre. More than 20 organizations send trade stands which offer supported leisure pursuits in the Swindon area such as music, sports, gardening and amateur dramatics for the young people to learn about other activities that are available for them.