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Contained (2017)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Age Guidance: 11+
  • Other: Post-Show Discussion: Friday 10 March / Relaxed Performance: Sat 11 March 2.30PM
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“Testing testing, my name is Liam, testing, I am 28, testing testing and I live in Bradford, testing.”

Hot on the back of the critically acclaimed 2015 and 2016 tours, groundbreaking learning-disability theatre company Mind the Gap present CONTAINED: a vibrant, compelling and personal production. Nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

The head teacher looked at me and said
‘I’m afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.’

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.

“I left a part of me at Seacroft hospital that day.”

Created in collaboration with Alan Lyddiard (Artistic Director of the Performance Ensemble and former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) and Denis Darzacq (award winning French Photographer and Filmmaker).


Free Wraparound Workshops
Alongside the performances there will be a series of exciting free* events taking place at the Playhouse

9 March 10.30am – 1pm Inclusive Practice Workshop
For arts practitioners, teachers and facilitators, led by Mind the Gap

10 March 3.30pm – 6pm Let’s Talk Access in the Arts
For people who work in the arts, TED style talks with industry experts

11 March 1pm – 1.30pm Performance Platform
For people wanting to see new work by aspiring learning disabled artists

11 March 4.30pm – 6pm CONTAINED Workshop
For artists and performers, led by Director Alan Lyddiard

*All events are free if you have purchased a ticket to CONTAINED
For further information and to book contact box office on 0113 213 7700

Reviews

“ It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.”

- The Guardian

“ Most of us live at a shallow level of communication. Contained shows us that it doesn’t have to be this way; that a section of society that is all too frequently stereotyped and regarded in a derogatory fashion, can through openness and honesty, be more intelligent than the crowd.”

- Disability Arts Online

“ This show knows it’s the small things that happen that tell the biggest truths. It also knows that at the end, the best theatre has you leaving slightly more human for the experience of it.”

- East Anglian Daily Times

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Accessibilty
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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.

Key:

  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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