About Us

Unanima Theatre is a professionally led company of theatre makers with and without intellectual disabilities who create innovative, autobiographical community theatre that challenges audiences to think differently about disability.

Who we are

Tracy Radford

Creative Producer

Angela Warren

Associate Artist

Pete Shenton

Associate Director/Mentor

Sarah Kerry

Lighting Design and Technician

Tash Bird

Singer/Songwriter/Musician

The History Bit

2008 – 2011

– Unanima Theatre first began in 2008 as a small community initiative funded by Inspire Youth Arts designed to bring local secondary school pupils and adults with intellectual disabilities together to collaborate on a theatre project that reflected themes that were relevant to both groups. This was a huge success and so began the Unanima journey. This was quickly followed with a joint Arts Council England bid, with learning disability charity Reach, to continue this innovative creative partnership. The project increased participation, community cohesion and produced amazing artistic achievements that resulted in the development of a community theatre performance of ’Everyday People’, which won an Epic Award from Voluntary Arts England in 2011 with over 13,500 online votes. Since then the adventure has been epic!

2012 – 2013

– Created ‘Horace’, a mixed media comedy about love, life and everything in between. ‘Horace’ was performed in venues across Nottinghamshire; at the Southwell Folk Festival on the same stage as Jools Holland and for the World Event Young Artists (WEYA) International Theatre Festival in The Mighty Creatives’ mobile space.

– Participated and presented at the first national conference for learning disability arts: Embrace Create Connect, at Attenborough Arts in Leicester.

2014 – 2017

– Unanima moved to Mansfield and became Company in Residence at The Old Library Media and Arts Venue.

– We recruited a new cast and achieved Arts Council England funding to create new play ‘Love. Life. No Sat Nav’.

– Further Arts Council and Nottinghamshire County Council funding allowed us to we undertake a period of stagecraft workshops to support the company to be tour ready.

– ‘Love. Life. No Sat Nav’ completes a successful six venue East Midlands tour.

– Unanima says a sad farewell to some members and Unanima’s Director Jayne Williams.

Funding

– We are extremely proud to be recipients of Arts Council England funding.

– Having this endorsement and investment allows Unanima to boldly achieve its goal of releasing the true potential of our company members’ artistic and cultural talent, and through this support Arts Council England’s, Creative Case for Diversity.

– This in turn has led to new and exciting collaborations that have enabled us as a company to grow, develop and be braver and more innovative with our artistic productions.

– Our work provides audiences the opportunity to experience diverse arts creation and also, importantly, by targeting our performance schedules to reach out to audiences who face barriers accessing the arts we are increasing opportunities to experience and be inspired by the arts.

– We are delighted to be Company in Residence at The Old Library and grateful for the immense support Inspire Youth Arts offer us as wrap around support .

– Having this dedicated space to work and rehearse brings an array of opportunities for us as a company and importantly sends a clear message to both members and the wider public that they and this work is of value.

– Financial support from Nottinghamshire County Council offers us crucial match funding that strengthen our reputation and funding bids.

We are always seeking financial support so please do get in touch if you would like to know more about supporting our company.

Right Now

2018

– New Year, new start. We are successful with ACE funding and bring in new company members and new artists, Director Pete Shenton and Associate Artist Angela Warren and an exciting period of co-production begins.

– Work begins on our new play that explores identity gets underway with performances scheduled for October/November ‘18.

– A new partnership is created with Nottingham University’s YALLiD Research Group supports Unanima to achieve further ACE funding to create a new piece of work about the lived experience of having an intellectual disability for both individuals and carers.