For over 26 years The Lawnmowers Theatre Company, a registered charity, run by and for people with learning disabilities, has been building bridges between the learning-disabled community and mainstream culture. Based in Gateshead, we offer performances, creative workshops, nightclubs, festivals, music groups, courses and social drop-in sessions.
Lawnmowers were delighted to receive funding from the Ballinger Charitable Trust to develop the “Lawnmowers Youth Academy”. This new and exciting strand aims to provide a supportive and creative network in which young learning-disabled people can develop skills in theatre, music, dance and leadership.
It will also give young people the chance to gain recognised Arts Award qualifications and the opportunity to continue into a fully functioning theatre company when they graduate.
The “Lawnmowers Youth Academy” was launched in October and the response has been incredible. It now has fourteen members, some coming from as far afield as Crook in County Durham.
One member told us, “All I want to do is act and now that I’m at Lawnmowers, I can! I can’t wait for next Saturday!”
Feedback from parents and carers has also been fantastic. One parent commented, “I was worried about my son’s future and what he would do once he finished school. It’s good to know he has somewhere like this to come.”
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