Dignity, independence, beauty. These are simple words which convey complex ideals. Yet many of us are guilty of taking these concepts for granted; sometimes we need reminding what it is to be to be this lucky.

Beyond the 4th Wall was premiered at The Lowry studio theatre a year ago. Now it is on tour across the North West. Created by performers living with disability, this theatre production was written in collaboration with the award-winning playwright, Cathy Crabb. For those of you not familiar with Crabb’s work, I envy you. It’s a bit like discovering a friend has never read Nancy Mitford, or seen any episodes of The West Wing. You lucky, lucky b*stard.

In this play, the audience is invited into a surreal cul-de-sac where the actors and actresses explore the challenge of maintaining personal dignity and independence as the recipients of professional care. That Proud & Loud Arts has been able to stage this performance is an achievement in itself: two years ago, after 10 successful years, lack of funds forced closure. Thankfully, there was a happy outcome. The company survived thanks to the support of its patron, Coronation Street actor Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) and his wife Emma.

This is Proud & Loud’s first major tour. Go see.

Preview by Helen Nugent


What: Beyond the 4th Wall

When: Touring from April 23, 2013 – May 18, 2013

Where: Check website for details

More info: http://www.proudandloudarts.com/beyond-the-4th-wall-on-tour