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Current projects...

   Me,Nic and Jo written by Vanessa Oakes. the result of the Side By Side project. 

Funded by Arts Council England and In Good Company . Supported by Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Lakeside Arts 

Me, Nic & Jo is a new show by Meander Theatre. It is a story told by learning disabled women about the universal experience of how friendships change throughout your life, how friends can be the most important and the most frustrating people in your life. It looks at how the 3 characters navigate through their friendship as  disabled women with the barriers that they face and at a time when they are struggling with the impact their individual adult lives is having on a long and close friendship.

Director : Laura Guthrie.  Designer: Jane Hart. 

Cast. Kirsty Knowles , Charlotte Peach & Ruth Watts. 

This piece was performed as part of an R&D process at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham in  November 2019, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester in December 2019   and at Nottingham Playhouse in February 2020.                                                                                                                                                         

We are sharings sections of this new piece in July 2020  at Derby Theatre. Watch this space for more details.  

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 Playhouse Platform

Playhouse Platform is a collaboration with Nottingham Playhouse and is a space  for adults with learning disabilities to  meet weekly developing  their drama and facilitation skills. The company meets on a Wednesday afternoon in blocks of 10 weeks to explore a range of theatre skills and to create performance pieces. 

New company members welcome. New term starts in April 2020 

For more information  contact  [email protected]

For a chat call Laura: 07939220983 or Jane: 07966936222.

To book a place contact Nottingham Playhouse  Box Office : 0115 9419419.

The 10 session course costs £30.

Images : Playhouse Platform: Dreams and Aspirations . Performed at Nottingham Playhouse. June 2019

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Past projects...

Side by Side - Meander ran a series of R&D workshops in Derby & Leicester in Summer 2019. Working alongside writer Vanessa Oakes & Digital Artist Graham Elstone. We worked with 29 learning disabled creatives from across the midlands looking at the theme of friendships. Supported by Arts Council England, In Good Company, Derby Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre & Lakeside Arts. 

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      Flamingoes. Nottingham Carnival August 2019 - Meander and 5 learning disabled creatives to build some magnificent Flamingo processional puppets. Members of the team then took part in the Nottingham Carnival event on 18th August 2019, driving the scooters carrying these magnificent creatures. 

     Lake Enders 2012 - 2018 - was a Theatre Arts course for adults with learning disabilities  at  Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. The Lake Enders course was inspired by Lakeside shows and exhibitions. The company created 15 shows performed at Lakeside Arts Centre, and toured to the Whee festival and  Nottingham Puppet Festival. Lake Enders also performed alongside Graeae Theatre in their street theatre piece Iron Man. Lake Enders were an integral part to the setting up and coordination of the Platform Events. 

      Poetry Course - Meander run a combined arts session as part of this weekly poetry course held at Nottingham University coordinated by Oak Field School and Sports College.

       Platform 18. October 2018  -  A one day event run by the PLatform Steering Group and Meander Theatre with support from Unanima Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. This day saw local learning disabled performers and emerging young artists take part in a skill share day.

      Platform 17. October 2017 Meander initiated and coordinated this 1 day performance festival for learning disabled performers with  Nottingham Playhouse. Funded by Ramps on The Moon, the day provided a professional platform for learning disabled performers to share their performance styles, workshop approaches and for the first time meet socially and develop relationships. 4 companies performed and ran workshops for each other ending the day with a performance by Mind The Gap Theatre Co. The event was coordinated by a Steering Group of 7 learning disabled adults collaborating with Meander Theatre and  Nottingham Playhouse. The 4 local companies taking part were Lake Enders, Unanima , Hubbub and Theatre of Citizens.  

          Wheee !.  May 2014 - Lake Enders created and performed a short movement piece Easter Moves in the world famous  mini Luminarium as part of Lakeside Arts Centres annual childrens festival, Wheee !

          Health Inspectors. Summer 2013 - 10 week  project working with a group of learning disabled  adults to create a   series of films for Nottingham NHS. The films highlighted the need for  health professionals to make their services accessible for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties.


      Embrace Create Connect. March 2012 - A national event about arts and learning disability.

Meander recreated an installation from Needful Things and a short interactive performance by 4 of the learning disabled performers. – a great experience for such a new company to be involved in a national platform event. Lots of mingling, meeting and connecting went on ! Jane and Laura presented part of the Needful Things video and a short talk on the project. 


          Needful Things. January 2012 - Funded by Arts Council England through the Big Lottery Grants For The Arts programme.

A week long residency based at Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham  and Oak Field School and Sports College, Nottingham.

Young adults and adults with learning difficulties worked along side artists exploring theatre arts practises  music, dance, digital art, drama, storytelling, puppetry and environment building. During the week  participants  experienced the roles and jobs involved in producing professional theatre including, performance, back stage, lighting, sound, design and front of house.

The week culminated in a live public interactive installation involving participants and artists working together in performance, technical and front of house positions.

The installation reflected the moments during the residency that the participants found inspiring, enjoyable or meaningful. Activities and performances were depicted through film, photography and live action. All four shows were fully booked and went down a treat ...... 

"Absolutely brilliant. There are not enough superlatives to describe the experience."

"A really lovely event – very inspirational ! Full of imagination and great fun for everyone. ......we felt very privileged to see it. Thank you to everyone."

"That was a wonderful experience. Very moving, surprising, gentle. Thank you."

"Absolutely beautiful – gentle, charming, enigmatic, utterly engaging for all ! Thank you."

"I  loved it all, especially the sounds and the dancing !! Crazy but fantastic !"

"Excellent ! Wonderful – walked out with a big smile on my face and felt wonderfully calm. Thank you."







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