Project information

Community theatre with The Twisting Ducks

We want to consult with the learning disabled community through workshops and performance based events.
We will devise and deliver issue based performances, films and training inspired by these workshops, and create more opportunities for poeple with learning disabilities to particpate in the arts.

February 2013 - February 2014

Charity information: The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company

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  • Need


    People with learning disabilities are often socially isolated, and excluded from life opportunites, due to low expectations and discrimination. Furthermore, there is little opportunity for this group of people to learn from their peers, and to openly express themselves, and identify with others. There is a lack of understanding about the barriers people with learning disabilities face, and the support they need to achieve their potential.


    The Twisting Ducks will run drama workshops that support people with learning disabilities to speak up about what is important to them, and the barriers they face. The Ducks will devise performances and films that highlight these issues, and showcase this work to the learning disabled community. We will also use this work to help us deliver much needed training to professionals about the needs of people with learning disabilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help people with learning disabilities speak up about their problems and aspirations


    » Run drama based workshops with people with learning disabilites across the Northeast

    What success will look like

    Success will be engaging with at least 120 people with learning disabilities in our drama workshops.

    Aim 2

    To raise awareness about the barriers that people with learning disabilities face.


    » Develop issue based performances and films based on the information we gather from our workshops
    » Showcase new performances and deliver training to the learning disabled community, professionals, and the wider community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be developing a performance and training piece that includes all of the evidence gathered from our workshops, and securing an audience of at least 600 people

  • Impact


    Greater awareness amongst professionals that will influence policy and decision making. We will create a strong culture of theatre going for adults with learning disabilities in the Northeast, to ensure that people are able to access theatre and film that is representative of their own experiences. Our 8 learning disabled artisits will have developed their skills as workshop facilitators, and this will mean that they will lead more independently on the training that they deliver.


    There is a risk that the amount of multimedia work we produce as part of the project becomes limited. This is due to the fact that we do not have access to our own camera equipment, and have in the past had to hire freelance filmmakers, which incurrs a high cost. We have dealt with this risk by applying for separate funding for film equipment, which we are confident we will manage to secure.


    Funders will receive regular updates via email about the progress of our project. We will include quotes from workshop participants in these reports, to give an overview of the impact that the project is making on the people we are working with.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,600 Project workers wages Planning and facilitating workshops, devising and rehearsing performance and film pieces.
      £2,400 Admin worker Communications, publicity, project monitoring and evaluation
      £1,600 Resources and venue hire Publicity, set design, props, workshops materials, etc..
  • Background


    The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company is based in the West End of Newcastle Upon Tyne, at the Westgate Community College, where we have strong links with other local and regional arts organisations, and with the learning disabled community across Tyne and Wear.


    People with learning disabilities in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside. Our 8 learning disabled artists, and the wider learning disabled community across the Northeast.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have delivered training to many professionals, including NHS staff, and have had great success in getting our messages across. We are skilled in delivering innovative, accessible workshops that meet different learning abilitiies. Our 8 artists use their own experiences as people with learning disabilites to offer peer support, and to encourage others to speak up about often difficult issues. We have strong links with the learning disabled community and services in Newcastle and beyond.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jay Hare - Project Co-Ordinator

    Jay uses his skills as a drama practitioner to help the Twisting Ducks deliver high quality, innovative, and inclusive issue based theatre.

    Ani Sherab

    As a highly experienced group worker, Ani supports the 8 learning disabled artists to develop their skills as performers and workshop facilitators.