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Meander Theatre company works  across Nottingham and Derbyshire in collaboration with young people and adults with learning disabilities.


Set up by  Laura Guthrie and Jane Hart in the heady days of Summer 2011. Meander continues to  seek ways to collaborate with young people and adults with learning disabilities, organisations, performance and visual artists.  

Meanders first  major project , Needful Things , was a collaboration  with Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham University), Oak Field School and Sports College and Nottingham Theatre of Citizens. See our Projects page for more info and the Gallery for pictures.


This collaboration continued with Lake Enders, a performing arts group hosted and funded by Lakeside Arts Centre and the University of Nottingham.

This was a group  for adults (aged 19+) with learning  disabilities closed  after 6 fabulous years in 2018.


Meander are currently working in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse facilitating a  group  Playhouse Platform who meet every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm - 4pm at Nottingham Playhouse

See our Projects page for more details or visit

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Want to join Playhouse Platform 

If you are a person or know someone aged 19 years or over with a learning  disability  living within easy reach of Nottingham and  are  interested in developing  experience and skills in theatre arts practice: 

Performing (drama or dance), directing, sound, light, design, making, front of house.  

Laura and Jane  would like to  hear from you.

Email through our Contact page 

Or contact Nottingham Playhouse on 0115 941 9419

Call us on 07939 220983



Meander Artists...

Directors Laura Guthrie and Jane Hart studied Theatre Design together at Nottingham Trent University. On graduating in 1988 they set up Fat Cat Theatre Arts Co cutting their teeth on company management and projects with disabled people. In 1990 they moved on to develop their careers seperately in Nottinghamshire and Brighton. Now with over 30 years experience as arts practitioners, development officers and educators working mostly with people with learning disabilities in the independent and local authority sectors they are once again embarking on a  joint artistic venture.

In addition to Meander Jane is a lecturer in Interior Architecture & Design at Nottingham Trent University. Laura is an Agent For Change  for Ramps On The Moon based at Nottingham Playhouse as well as being a Senior Associate Artist with Bamboozle Theatre Company.  

Collaborating artists to date...

/// Designer: Helen Fownes Davies is a theatre designer, visual workshop artist and part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. 

/// Puppet Director: Sean Myatt is a senior lecturer of theatre design at Nottingham Trent University. 

/// Dancer: Miriam Keye is a movement artist who performs, choreographs and teaches internationally. 

/// Composer/Musician: Matt Marks has been a freelance composer, musician, performer and musical director since 1987. 

/// Musician : Ling Peng a classical musician based in Nottingham since 1990 Ling performed for several years with the London Chinese Orchestra performing  the Purcell Rooms and Queen Elizabeth Hall bringing Chinese music to UK audiences. 

/// Digital Artist: Graham Elstone is an artist, creative educator and project/technical Manager. Working regionally, nationally and internationally.

/// Actor: Paul Goldsmith is a freelance theatre practitioner and an associate lecturer in the Theatre Arts department of the University of Derby

/// Designer: Emily Croxford graduated in  2011 from Theatre Design  BA (Hons) course at Nottingham Trent University in 2011. 

/// Film Maker: Emma Edwards. Profile Pictures.

/// Actor: Becky Matter. Freelance theatre practitioner performing extensively with local & regional companies .

/// Drama & Movement  Practitioner: Phil Pearson. Freelance artist working for over 20 years within  the disability sector. 



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