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Beyond the 4th Wall

March 26, 2013 Arts, Theatre Comments Off on Beyond the 4th Wall
Beyond the 4th Wall

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

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