Unanima Theatre is an integrated community company of adults with learning disabilities and young people aged 16+, who create unique small scale performances using a professionally led devising process.
Click here to view our 3 minute film which describes Unanima’s work from our cast members’ perspectives: Unanima – Everyday People from Unanima Theatre on Vimeo. Film by Gareth Moulton of Curved Light Films.
Unanima is a theatre company created by and working with:
- Adults with learning disabilities
- Young People aged 16 and over
- Creative Producer - Tracy Radford
- Creative Director - Jayne Lewis
Unanima Theatre meets weekly to:
- Create theatre and short film
- Explore creativity and develop new skills
Unanima Theatre creates performances for:
- Local community events
- Music Festivals
- International Theatre Festivals
Unanima Theatre is about sharing ideas and experiences, communicating creatively, moving, making things happen, creating great art for everyone and having fun!
Here’s the science bit….
Unanima Theatre is a participatory performance project that creates collaborations between community groups that wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to work together.
Adults with learning disabilities and young adult learners come together for the shared purpose of creating theatre, hence the name Unanima – unanimous creative achievements.
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.
The ‘where we are now’ part…
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 are currently writing a 2013/2014 ‘Grants for the Arts’ bid involving new partners, fresh venues and exciting developments for the future.
Unanima often works with other arts professionals from diverse art-forms:
Actor – Gary Lagden
Actor/Writer – Sally Siner
Film Maker – Ian Dearman
Musician and Film Maker – Gareth Moulton www.garethmoulton.com
Photographer – Tracey Whitefoot www.whitefootphotography.com
Local Arts Organisations such as County Youth Arts, City Arts and Embrace Arts
Theatre Company Tangere Arts www.tangere-arts.co.uk
The ‘Thank you’s'…
Unanima would like to thank The Minster School for their continued support and use of not only the best rehearsal space in the area but also for hosting performances in their fabulous studio theatre. Thanks especially go to Mrs. Atkinson and Mr. Stevens.
Thank you to the wonderful charity, Southwell Care Project who continue to support, encourage and celebrate all of Unanima’s achievements. Unanima wouldn’t be the success that it is without the support from Steve, Judith, Chris and Dianne at SCP.
An extra special thank you to Julia Nutbrown, Unanima’s amazing fundraiser and to Arts Council England and Nottinghamshire County Council for funds across 2010/11.
TwoLittleFishes Nick Bramwell, our wonderful web designer, host and computer expert! – Thank you.
Thank you to Nottingham band Tokyo Green for allowing us permission to use tracks off their new album for live performances and films.
And finally but most importantly- Unanima has up to 20 fabulous participants that have marvellous parents, carers, friends and family who we also thank for assisting the weekly trek to rehearsals and for being brilliant audiences.