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Making it ART with Reach Inclusive Arts

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Reach Inclusive Arts are an arts charity based at the Wyvern Theatre and they support learning disabled people and those who have used mental health services.  In March they will be taking to the Wyvern stage with their Making It Art Show. We sat down with Yvonne and Helen from Reach to find out more about the show.

What is the Making It Art Show?

Making it ART 2017 is a show on the main stage of the Wyvern Theatre on Thursday 9th March at 1pm by young disabled people from Swindon. It is produced by Reach Inclusive Arts and funded by BBC Children in Need.

The performance is a celebration of original ideas by the young people taking part which consider their identity, what makes them who they are and how they would like to live their adult lives. Three Swindon Schools are taking part, Crowdys Hill, Commonweal and Uplands. The performers will be joined onstage by Pudsey Bear from BBC Children in Need. The show is free (group bookings by arrangement – call 01793 520318) and is an inspirational and entertaining spectacle of talent and creativity.

Reach Inclusive Arts work with local organisations that offer accessible activities and further education opportunities for disabled people to produce a programme that accompanies the event and is available to attending audience.

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Who is involved in the show and how long does the show take to put together?

Students from Commonweal, Crowdys Hill and Uplands schools spend six weeks working with professional theatre practitioners. Reach engage the arts workers who are all experienced at working with young people who have special needs.  These arts teams go into the schools and help the students to devise original drama pieces that express their own ideas and explore their aspirations and personal ambitions. They create short drama pieces that are performed in the show accompanied by music and film which will end around 2.30pm.

What Reach Arts projects are you working on in 2017 / 8?

As well as MAKING IT ART 2017 Thursday 9th March 1pm – 2.30pm Reach Inclusive Arts has a range of projects planned for 2017.

  • 20th April 1.30pm – 2pm – Street Arts on the raised area outside the Wyvern Theatre. This is a weeklong project working with young people from the in-patient NHS unit at Marlborough House, working on drama and art sessions to produce a short Street Theatre performance.
  • 23rd June 7pm – 9pm Big Hat Cabaret in The Great Western Hall at Steam, The Museum of the Great Western Railway. This is an inclusive cabaret style performance that involves several local groups of people with disabilities plus some without. It includes music, drama, dance, film and comedy.
  • Crafty Friends Art group – ongoing – a group of older people, some with mental health issues, who meet every Tuesday morning at the Wyvern Theatre blue room studio space, 10.30am – 12.30pm.
  • Partners Theatre Company – ongoing – a performance group of adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities some with mental health issues and some with sensory loss. They meet every Monday morning in the drama studio at the Wyvern Theatre, 10.15am – 12.45pm.

How you can find out more information about the work Reach Inclusive Arts does?

Reach Inclusive Arts is a Swindon based arts charity that has been in existence since 1983 and supports learning disabled people and those who have used mental health services. Our aim is to create opportunities for people to experience art as a therapeutic medium and create exciting and authentic work which says something about them and their life experience.

We aim to leave a lasting sense of value and cultural acceptance for people with disabiltites through exhibition and performance.

We believe there is a need to provide supported and meaningful activities that help people increase their self-esteem and assertiveness.

We would welcome your involvement with Reach. This could be by volunteering to help deliver projects,  join our board of trustees or through donations to help support the work of the charity.

It is easy to do all of these, you can speak to any member of the Reach team about how to get involved.  Our office is based at the Wyvern Theatre and it is staffed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  You can phone us on 01793 520318 or you can email reachinclusive3@btconnect.com and you can donate by visiting: http://www.reachinclusivearts.org.uk and follow the link to the donate page.

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