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A  picture of a man stood up talking into a microphone. Four people are sat on green chairs in the background, two of them are holding hands and looking at each other.

Liam Bairstow stars in the current MTG production: 'Contained' Pic © Tim Smith, 2015

Mind the Gap present 'Contained', Touring

22 January 2016 to 16 April 2016

Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from Mind the Gap, England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

Contained features nine learning-disabled performers including Jez Colborne (lead artist of Mind the Gap's Irresistible, Gift & Trickster) who has written original music for the show, and Liam Bairstow (ITV's Coronation Street).

The head teacher looked at me and said “I’m afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.”

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in.

I left a part of me at Seacroft hospital that day.

Created in collaboration with Alan Lyddiard (Artistic Director of the Performance Ensemble and former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) and Denis Darzacq (award winning French Photographer and Filmmaker).


22 January 2016, 1pm    MTG Studios
22 January 2016, 7:30pm    MTG Studios
25 January 2016, 7:30pm    Gulbenkian, Canterbury
26 January 2016, 7:30pm    Gulbenkian, Canterbury
09 February 2016, 7pm    New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
23 March 2016, 7:30pm    The Albany, Deptford
24 March 2016, 7:30pm    The Albany, Deptford
14 April 2016, 1pm    MTG Studios
15 April 2016, 7:30pm    MTG Studios
16 April 2016, 7:30pm    MTG Studios

Special discussion/debate events at New Wolsley Theatre:

“Exploring Collaborative Practice” Monday 8 February 
11am - 1pm: Workshop Lab “Leading in Collaboration”
Participants - Invite Only
Co-led by learning-disabled Artists from Mind the Gap, CoCo Care & Spin Off (Dance East). This workshop will explore
collaboration and the exchange of ideas and experiences between learning-disabled performers who currently take part
in performing arts at varying stages - from a recreational to a professional basis. The workshop will consider skills sharing,
leadership and raising aspirations.
Observers - Limited Places (10) Observers will be invited to watch the workshop and consider a series of topics for
discussion which will feed into the following session:
1:45pm - 3:30pm: Group Discussions “Collaborative Practice” - Open to All
An opportunity for established and aspiring Arts Practitioners, Companies, Students and Groups to discuss and share
experience of working collaboratively. Discussions will include: engaging performers with learning disabilities, delivering
integrated practice, creating progression routes in the arts, and other related topics of your choosing.

“Leadership by Learning-disabled Artists” Tuesday 9 February 
4pm - 5:30pm: Panel Discussion - Open to All
The Panel will discuss their thoughts and experiences of leadership by disabled and learning-disabled artists, and present
current projects and challenges for the Arts Sector.
Panel: Amy Nettleton & Jamie Beddard (New Wolsey Theatre), Jez Colborne & Joyce Lee (Mind the Gap), Sarah Watson
& Gus Garside (Creative Minds) and Bella Todd (Arts Journalist).
5:30pm – 5:50pm: Performance Platform: Best Foot Forward & Spin Off (Dance East)
6:30pm - 6:50pm: CONTAINED: Digital Exhibition
7pm – 8:40pm: CONTAINED: The Performance
8:45pm – 9:15pm: Post Show Discussion

How to book:

To book tickets see here.

01274 487390


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