Unanima Theatre is an integrated company of adults with and without a Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Down Syndrome. We create innovative autobiographical community theatre performances via a professionally led devising process.

Short film by Gareth Moulton – What is Unanima?

Unanima Theatre are company in residence at The Old Library Arts Venue, Leeming Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG18 1NG. We are currently supported by The Arts Council of England, County Youth Arts, Nottinghamshire County Council and Mansfield District Council, alongside very generous individual crowd fund backers. 

Unanima’s Team of Professional Freelancers are;

Tracy Radford – Creative Producer & Jayne Williams – Creative Director 

Voice Specialist – Gary Lagden

Film Maker – Gareth Moulton

Singer/Songwriter/Musician – Tash Bird

Lighting Design and Technician – Sarah Kerry

Unanima’s current company of Performers and Technicians are;

Ricky Roo, Jenna Jackson, Matthew Hallam, Emma Oxley, Jenny Allen, Brian Bostock, Brett Kinsley, Creig Pickup, Montanna Rose and Martin Summers

Our most recent play…

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, ‘Love. Life. No Sat-Nav’ is a devised performance which communicates the stories, scenarios and experiences of an integrated cast. Expect some laughs in the lay by alongside an occasional hard shoulder. Take the slip road of superb music and urban tales told with honesty, style and wit. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Promo made by Gareth Moulton

Unanima Theatre is about sharing ideas, stories and experiences, communicating creatively, moving, making things happen, creating great art for everyone and generally having a right laugh!

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.

Right now…

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.

Watch this space…