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Yorkshire’s Learning Disability Theatre Company, Mind the Gap, Heads to Edinburgh Fringe


For artists and performers all over the world, the countdown is on to the opening of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts festival that welcomes thousands of performances every summer – and for Bradford-based Mind the Gap, England’s largest learning disability theatre company, it is a particularly exciting time.

“The last time Mind the Gap took a production to The Fringe was 12 years ago,” says Joyce Nga Yu Lee, the creator and director of Mia which opens on August 10th at Edinburgh’s Summerhall. “I am thrilled that the piece we have all worked so hard on is to reach a larger and international audience.”

Performed by four learning disabled artists Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today’s society; it is a piece about humanity that aims to resonate with everybody with or without a disability.

I want to see an audience that isn’t made up of just people with a vested interest in those with learning disabilities,” says cast member JoAnne Haines. “I want to see people in the audience that might never have considered this issue.”

We have six performances a week,” says fellow cast member Alison Short. “It will be quite gruelling, not just because of the energy used in performing but also we have to get the show on and off the stage in just 15 minutes to make way for others. We’ll be doing all this and promoting ourselves with the festival; I’m both excited and nervous!

Mia originally toured studio venues around the UK in autumn last year receiving outstanding reviews but it has since been updated and has changed considerably in places.

“We use music, dance, live film, pre-recorded film and symbols to create an episodic piece of theatre,” concludes Joyce. “It is fast moving and raw, funny and bold – in short Mia is wild ride!

Mind the Gap present Mia at Edinburgh’s Summerhall Old Lab

from Tuesday 8th to Sunday 27th August

Performances are at 2.45pm from Tuesday to Sunday inclusive

Tickets are available from www.summerhall.co.uk

Mia will tour in autumn 2017 and spring 2018 with performances confirmed at Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, and Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

For more information on Mind the Gap visit www.mind-the-gap.org.uk


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CONTAINED at WYP: Rethinking Disability


Mind the Gap's production of Container at the Mind the Gap Studios at Lister's Mill in Bradford.


Mind the Gap, England’s largest learning disability theatre company, begins the tour of new show CONTAINED at West Yorkshire Playhouse Friday 10 – Saturday 11 March.

Starring nine learning-disabled performers, including Liam Bairstow (Coronation Street, ITV) and Jez Colborne (Irresistible, London 2012 Olympic Games), who’s original score and lyrics feature in the show, CONTAINED presents nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

Liam Bairstow in CONTAINED. Photo by Tim Smith

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, CONTAINED explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves and the world that we live in.


Mind the Gap's production of Container at the Mind the Gap Studios at Lister's Mill in Bradford.

Directed by Alan Lyddiard (Anniversary, West Yorkshire Playhouse 2016) in collaboration with award winning photographer Denis Darzacq and Mind the Gap, this gritty, honest and thought-provoking show reflects the lives of people with learning disabilities in today’s society.

A series of free events for anyone who has purchased a ticket to CONTAINED will run alongside the show, including workshops, discussion events and an exhibition.

Box office 0113 213 7700   Book online www.wyp.org.uk




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