A Celebration Of Integrated Performance And Arts

Inspired - A Celebration Of Integrated Performance and Art

On 20th July, 2013, M.Y. Inter-Theatre Company Presented Inspired – A Celebration of Integrated Performance Arts

Featuring Arts, Drama, Dance, Choirs, Film and more performed by people with and without disabilities from

M.Y. Inter-Theatre Company, Stoke, choir and drama groups
Burton Inclusive Performance Arts, choir and drama groups
M.Y. Inter-Theatre Uttoxeter
Blackfriars School, Newcastle
Walton Hall School, Eccleshall
and M.Y. Theatre Company, adults and youth groups

M.Y Inter-Theatre have spent the 3 months leading up to Inspiured, working closely with groups in Burton, Uttoxeter and Stoke on Trent to create unique and member led performances. This involved working with established groups as well as creating new drama, dance and choir sessions in these areas. Through the Regent Theatre Creative Minds Project, we were also able to involve Black Friars College, Walton Hall School, Cultural Sisters and The Borderlines Project from The New Vic Theatre.

We know from observations and comments how much it meant to everyone there. The impact goes beyond an evening of performance and has an effect on the daily life and future of all involved. Participants, carers and support workers have already told us how much it improves their confidence, well being, independence, social skills, employability and widens their social and support circles to make them truly inclusive and integrated. Not only does this mean that disabled people are seen in a positive and valuable light, but working with all skills and abilities ensures that they are seen as part of the community and not ‘hidden away’.

Compared to previous shows, it has been commented that Lichfield has really stood out, and not just because of the fantastic location; previously the more established groups have been visibly nervous and dependent upon the facilitators for cues and reassurance. However, at Inspired, all participants showed a huge amount of confidence, personal growth, interdependence and team work. They all encouraged and helped one another, including helping across groups where friendships and social circles may not have been as established or familiar. This is a fantastic achievement as many of our members, both able and disabled, have shown a huge amount of courage, talent and social skill compared to performances at the very start of our journey.

Shaun was so excited to tell people that he was going to perform at Lichfield Cathedral. He felt very proud to be able to sing there. Shaun visited the Cathedral on a school trip a few years ago; he never thought that he would be singing there – Anne, Burton Choir

Was that only 2-3 months ago? How fast time goes when you’re having fun.┬áThank you for getting me to believe in me a bit more and getting me to let go of it a bit more – Julie, Uttoxeter Choir

For more information or to be involved in the event contact Steve Mitchell – 07746193644/01283815356 – steve@soulpath.info

M.Y. Inter-Theatre Company