Who we are
The History Bit
Unanima Theatre first began in 2008 when Tracy Radford, through her work with Southwell Care Project (SCP) and the town’s young people, saw that the two communities – adults with learning disabilities and young people – rarely had the opportunity to meet or collaborate with each other. After consultation with the young people and adults with LD, SCP, The Minster School and County Youth Arts an interest was generated with the result that both Tracy and freelance practitioner, Jayne Lewis were contracted to bring the two groups together to create a short piece of theatre that would explore themes important to the group and be performed alongside other art-forms, at the County Youth Arts SHOWCASE event.
The local community supported the initiative and when the SHOWCASE project came to an end, Tracy & Jayne secured more project funding and a partnership was formed between The Minster School and Southwell Care Project: in 2009 Tracy & Jayne decided to remain in partnership and, after further consultation with the group, Unanima Theatre was created.
In 2010 Arts Council England awarded a generous grant to Southwell Care Project to enable the innovative partnership work to continue. This has enabled community cohesion through creativity, increased participation, amazing artistic achievements and the development of a community theatre performance, ‘Everyday People’ which won an Epic Award from Voluntary Arts England in 2011 with over 13,500 online votes.
In 2012 Unanima 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.
We also participated and presented at the first national conference for learning disability arts: Embrace Create Connect, at Embrace Arts in Leicester.
We were delighted to receive a Grants for the Arts fund for 2014/15, from The Arts Council of England, to develop new partnerships, explore organisational development and create our brand new play ‘Love. Life. No Sat-Nav’. We are now fundraising for a re-tour Spring/Summer 2016 and having exciting meetings with fabulous arts orgs and studio theatre venues.
We are excited to be directed by acclaimed Actor/Director Jamie Beddard to perform as part of the Opening ceremony for the World Cerebral Palsy Games in Nottingham.