Movers is the learning disabled Theatre Company for Leicester. A partnership project between Speakeasy Theatre Company, and Embrace Arts, the group was set up to provide performance opportunities for people with a learning disability who have some experience of drama and performance.
"The most moving, dramatic, graceful theatre I've seen for years!"
"So glad I came! More moving than anything I've seen at the theatre. Thank you."
Movers have performed at high profile events such as the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics 2009, as well as at events attended by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe, and Lord Richard Attenborough.
The company was formed following requests from the participants in a regular Tuesday workshop session to do more advanced performance work, and originally worked under Development Worker Jayne Lewis. Movers are managed by a steering group with representation from the performers as well as Speakeasy.
The group meets at Embrace Arts and perform in a variety of spaces from Day Centres to Theatres as well as developing a workshop programme for the region.
Movers are currently busy creating a new piece of work due to tour Autumn 2013.
Movers performed at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics 2009 to an audience of 25,000. This fantastic event launched a busy week of workshops and performances for the group, and was attended by Rt Hon Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah Brown. Click on part 1 or part 2 to see a video of this performance on YouTube, or click here to see some great photos of Movers in action.
Their debut show, 'Acceptance Avenue' opened to a packed house at Leicester' Phoenix Arts Centre in February 2005.
Movers' second show, 'Next of Kin' was premiered at the Phoenix Arts Centre Leicester on Tuesday March 14th 2006 at 2pm. Inspired by the story of Pericles, the show was directed by Trina Haldar, assisted by Linzi Lee, and in a short tour of the East Midlands picked up some rave reviews.
In May 2007 Movers performed 'Can you see me?' for Lord Richard Attenborough and a host of other special guests including Lord Mayor of Leicester, Gary Hunt, and esteemed writer and performer Nabil Shaban at the Richard Attenborough Centre's 10th birthday celebration. 'Can you see me?' was commissioned especially for the event.
Movers' spell-binding show 'Forgotten Fragments' toured the East Midlands between March and May 2008. Click here to see some great photos of the cast in action.
Movers longest running show to date 'The Sorting Office' toured throughout 2009/10, performing to audiences as varied as mainstream theatre audiences, day centre groups, as well as both primary and secondary mainstream and special school children.
Movers fantastic show 'Visitor' has so far toured to Embrace Arts as part of The Spark Children's Arts Festival, Snibston Discovery Museum, and Curve. Click here to find out more about this groundbreaking new show suitable for disabled children (aged 5+) and their families.
Movers have also led workshops at the 'Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers' annual conference; worked with young non learning disabled adults from Saffron Arts Forum, participated in workshops with 'So... Dancers' from Northamptonshire and have other opportunities coming up.
If you are interested in joining Movers or hosting the group for a performance or workshop please contact us.