Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

Learning disabled adults write and perform their own play in Market Harborough

A group of learning disabled adults from Market Harborough have debuted their original play, Musical Mayhem, following months of writing, preparation and rehearsals.

The performance, which took place at the end of January at Market Harborough Theatre, was a culmination of 12 months of hard work to perfect the idea and bring it to life.

The play itself was created entirely by the seven-strong group who all attend learning disability charity Hft’s ‘On Your Doorstep’ service, which aims to provide person-centred support and day opportunities for learning disabled adults.

They wanted to tell the story of a writer who was struggling with writer’s block. The play explored how the writer dreamt about a group of people who discussed a series of shows, including Matilda and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, inspiring her to perform songs from the shows with the group. This ultimately helped her overcome her writer’s block.

Over 50 people attended the group’s performance to celebrate the hard work and dedication they had put in over the past year.

Learning disabled adults write and perform their own play in Market Harborough

Tracey Reynolds, Deputy Service Manager at Hft, explained:

“Lots of hours creating and rehearsing the play led to the final show. There was a fantastic turnout, including family and friends of the people we support. They did such a good job!”

The group thoroughly enjoyed the experience, with one performer, Louise, saying:

“I thought it was terrific, everything was well organised and the group did fantastically.”

Another, Anthony, added:

“I enjoyed performing as Rusty. I think we did really well!”

The group is hoping this performance will be one of many, with a desire to create and perform many more shows just like this one.

Nick, who also performed, concluded:

“I look forward to the next performance!”

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