Friendly Bombs Theatre Company for learning disabled members of the communityApril 23, 2016 11:30 am
Most people remember April 23 as St George’s Day but did you know that it’s also National Shakespeare Day? Often referred to as ‘Britain’s greatest playwright and poet’, much of Shakespeare’s work is seen in modern-day theatre, the ballet and modern films.
Friendly Bombs Theatre Company are a local organisation that provide theatre activities for learning disabled members of the community. At the beginning of the year, Friendly Bombs were awarded a grant from Heart of Bucks for their latest touring project ‘The Famous Victories of Henry V’ – a story from an anonymous playwright, thought to be the source for Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V plays.
The actors at Friendly Bombs all have mild to moderate learning disabilities and begin by attending an open workshop. New members are then invited to join the company initially for the duration of one project, however many stay year on year.
The members take part in weekly rehearsals before beginning their tour. Friendly Bombs perform in lots of different venues around the local community – from paid for workshops at day centres and schools to local theatres in front of ticket buying members of the public.
This means that in addition to grant funding, Friendly Bombs are able to self fund approximately half of their costs. Their staff are all volunteers too and have been trained in theatre skills and issues such as the protection of vulnerable adults.
For more information on Friendly Bombs Theatre Group, please visit their website – http://www.friendlybombs.co.uk/Tags: grants, learning disabled, theatre company
Categorised in: Funding, People with learning and/or mental health difficulties