A project has been created that has been shaped by real events from Community’s National League for the Blind and disabled (NLBD) members. The origins stem from a project partnership between Community and UCAN Productions and a desire not just to produce another leaflet or a poster. It comes from a passion to challenge beliefs by using real experiences of ‘hate crime’ and in particular, disability hate crime. This is not just a standalone theatre production as it is supported by activity/ education packs for schools, colleges and employers which allows the issues faced daily by disabled people to be explored. Working with UCAN we will be rolling the program out to schools and employers in the coming months, bravely facing the challenges and shaping the communities we live in.
Darren a member from RSBI Scotland who instigated the project and who will also be appearing said;
“I thank my union for supporting the project, for giving me a chance to tell my story, if my story changes things just once it will be worth it.
“It’s been a privilege to work with UCAN but please don’t go away and think this doesn’t concern you. We need to tackle this and with these education packs we can open up the dialogue. We can educate ignorance. We can fight back. UCAN be the difference we need.”
Community’s Equalities Director, Bev Bambrough said “it is fair to say this has been a challenging project which has for some of the participants provided a chance to tell their stories for the first time, the real challenge is ensuring the activity packs are provided to schools and employers and delivered by the members themselves bringing real integrity to the materials.
If we really want to see change in the perceptions presented all too often in the media of disability a leaflet won’t do that, we wanted to provide a lasting impression, a thought provoking activity/education programme and were pleased to offer our support in allowing our materials shape the Art of kindness production.
Supported by Arts Council of Wales, Community, and developed from The Art of Kindness Project. The show will be premiered at the following locations:
Saturday 2 September at 7.30pm
Senghennydd Rd, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4YE
Nidum Art Centre
Wednesday 6 September at 7.30pm
Neath Port Talbot College, Dwr-Y-Felin Rd, Neath SA10 7RF
Tickets are free and are issued on a first come first served basis via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 02920 870554 or 07812 051815
GOOD COMPANY is an innovative and original theatre performance, which examines the relationship between, acts of kindness and acts that cause pain. Developed from The Art Of Kindness Project, this exciting piece of theatre has been created from 30 real life recorded interviews. These have been bravely provided both by those who have experienced every day discrimination and disability hate crime and those who have experienced acts of kindness that have made a difference to their lives.
Taking a unique approach, UCAN Members, as ‘Playmakers’, used audio recordings of people’s real stories and their actual words to craft an audio, rather than a written, play text. This is the organisation’s first ever audio script and the production explores and plays with sound and the spoken word. Supported by professional playwright and deviser Dinos Aristidou and Artistic Director Bernie Latham, contributors and playmakers explore verbatim theatre conventions and have developed an approach to playmaking and performance that is accessible.
The project has been developed with the support of Community Trade Union and in particular the members from the National League of Blind and Disabled (NLBD) and is supported by The Arts Council of Wales.
UCAN Production is a performance arts organisation for blind and partially sighted young people and their friends