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Current projects...

   Playhouse Platform

Playhouse Platform is a collaboration with Nottingham Playhouse and is a space  for adults with learning disabilities to  meet weekly developing  their drama and facilitation skills. The company meets on a Wednesday afternoon in blocks of 10 weeks to explore a range of theatre skills and to create performance pieces. 

Sessions start again on September 18th 2019.   New company members welcome.

For more information  contact  [email protected]

For a chat call Laura: 07939220983 or Jane: 07966936222.

To book a place contact Nottingham Playhouse  Box Office : 0115 9419419.

The 10 session course costs £30.

 Playhouse Platform: Dreams and Aspirations . Performed at Nottingham Playhouse. June 2019

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Side By Side. New show being created by Meander Theatre. 

Meanders new show Side by Side is being created alongside playwrite Vanessa Oakes  (Bold Text) and with support from Nickie Miles-Wildin (Associate Director Graeae Theatre) who is providing mentoring to Laura.  Funded by Arts Council England, In Good Company and supported by Attenborough Arts, Derby Theatre & Lakeside Arts Centre.  Meander are working with  local learning disabled women to explore how we navigate the complicated world of friendships.  The company will be in the Research & Development phase of Side By Side from June  - December 2019.                                                                                                                                                                     

Look out for news of  sharings  of this new piece on November 27th  2019 , Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham  and at a Scratch Night  hosted by Meander on December 1st  2019, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.


      Shocked BHubbub greetingHubbub body shape drawingCostume partyOutlookSide by Side Meander Theatre


Flamingoes. Nottingham Carnival

Meander are working with Alison Denholm and City Arts to create a troupe of giant Flamingoes for Nottingham Carnival on August 18th 2019.

Free workshops run by Alison at City Arts in Nottingham city centre  supported by the Meander team.

Dates: Wednesdays. 1.30pm - 4pm

July 10th / 17th / 24th /31st

August 7th / 14th 

Open to learning disabled adults, its free, relaxed  & fun. 

For those who want to, there is the opportunity to take part in the carnival with the Flamingoes  on Sunday 18th August 2019.

For more information  contact  Alison  0115 9505251/ [email protected]

For a chat call Laura: 07939220983 or Jane: 07966936222.

                        Flamingoes workshop flierFlamingo session 1


Past projects...


     Lake Enders 2012 - 2018 - was a Theatre Arts course for adults with learning disabilities  at  Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham. The Lake Enders course was inspired by Lakeside shows and exhibitions. The company created 15 shows performed at Lakeside Arts Centre, and toured to the Whee festival and  Nottingham Puppet Festival. Lake Enders also performed alongside Graeae Theatre in their street theatre piece Iron Man. Lake Enders were an integral part to the setting up and coordination of the Platform Events. 

      Poetry Course - Meander run a combined arts session as part of this weekly poetry course held at Nottingham University coordinated by Oak Field School and Sports College.

       Platform 18. October 2018  -  A one day event run by the PLatform Steering Group and Meander Theatre with support from Unanima Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. This day saw local learning disabled performers and emerging young artists take part in a skill share day.

      Platform 17. October 2017 Meander initiated and coordinated this 1 day performance festival for learning disabled performers with  Nottingham Playhouse. Funded by Ramps on The Moon, the day provided a professional platform for learning disabled performers to share their performance styles, workshop approaches and for the first time meet socially and develop relationships. 4 companies performed and ran workshops for each other ending the day with a performance by Mind The Gap Theatre Co. The event was coordinated by a Steering Group of 7 learning disabled adults collaborating with Meander Theatre and  Nottingham Playhouse. The 4 local companies taking part were Lake Enders, Unanima , Hubbub and Theatre of Citizens.  

          Wheee !.  May 2014 - Lake Enders created and performed a short movement piece Easter Moves in the world famous  mini Luminarium as part of Lakeside Arts Centres annual childrens festival, Wheee !

          Health Inspectors. Summer 2013 - 10 week  project working with a group of learning disabled  adults to create a   series of films for Nottingham NHS. The films highlighted the need for  health professionals to make their services accessible for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties.


      Embrace Create Connect. March 2012 - A national event about arts and learning disability.

Meander recreated an installation from Needful Things and a short interactive performance by 4 of the learning disabled performers. – a great experience for such a new company to be involved in a national platform event. Lots of mingling, meeting and connecting went on ! Jane and Laura presented part of the Needful Things video and a short talk on the project. 


          Needful Things. January 2012 - Funded by Arts Council England through the Big Lottery Grants For The Arts programme.

A week long residency based at Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham  and Oak Field School and Sports College, Nottingham.

Young adults and adults with learning difficulties worked along side artists exploring theatre arts practises  music, dance, digital art, drama, storytelling, puppetry and environment building. During the week  participants  experienced the roles and jobs involved in producing professional theatre including, performance, back stage, lighting, sound, design and front of house.

The week culminated in a live public interactive installation involving participants and artists working together in performance, technical and front of house positions.

The installation reflected the moments during the residency that the participants found inspiring, enjoyable or meaningful. Activities and performances were depicted through film, photography and live action. All four shows were fully booked and went down a treat ...... 

"Absolutely brilliant. There are not enough superlatives to describe the experience."

"A really lovely event – very inspirational ! Full of imagination and great fun for everyone. ......we felt very privileged to see it. Thank you to everyone."

"That was a wonderful experience. Very moving, surprising, gentle. Thank you."

"Absolutely beautiful – gentle, charming, enigmatic, utterly engaging for all ! Thank you."

"I  loved it all, especially the sounds and the dancing !! Crazy but fantastic !"

"Excellent ! Wonderful – walked out with a big smile on my face and felt wonderfully calm. Thank you."







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