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Daughters of Fortune: Anna (2016)

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 90
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Daughters of Fortune: Anna – Exploring Learning Disability and Parenthood

Presented by Mind the Gap, Anna is an interactive Forum Theatre piece that explores scenarios that may be experienced by learning-disabled people when they consider being, or become, a parent in a fun and accessible way.

Lead by 3 professional learning-disabled performers and a facilitator, Anna presents 4 scenes to audiences, who will then be invited to suggest ways to change the outcome of each situation. Audiences will also get the chance to ‘step in’ and act out the scene themselves to see what would happen.

Anna isn’t about presenting a specific opinion but aims to make complex issues simple, and difficult subject matter accessible.

Forum Theatre is an interactive workshop format that can be described as ‘a rehearsal for real life’. It provides a safe, supportive environment for individuals to explore complex situations that often have no ‘right’ or ‘one size fits all’ answers. Through using theatre, difficult subject matter is made both approachable and fun.

10:30am – 12pm: For an audience of learning-disabled parents and adults, and their support networks.

1:30pm – 4pm: For an audience of Health and Social sector professionals, students and anyone who wishes to explore learning disability and parenthood.

Daughters of Fortune: Anna is coming to West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of Beyond Festival

Cast & Credits

Presented by Mind the Gap /

Daughters of Fortune


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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

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, 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.


  • 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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