Stage Beyond Shakespeare Trail

The theatre company for young adults with learning disabilities performs in Derry~Londonderry throughout August

Stage Beyond, a theatre company in Derry~Londonderry for young adults with learning disabilities, will be showcasing their love of Shakespeare with on-street performances throughout the city this August, as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 celebrations.

The company are famed for audience involvement. Visitors to Derry~Londonderry during August 2013 should therefore expect to potentially find themselves under the spell of three witches, or in the middle of a love scene between Romeo and Juliet.

The company, funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, is made up of members from throughout the North West who already have shown a keen interest in drama. These actors research, devise and tour shows, as well as providing accompanying workshops.

Gilly Campbell, arts development officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland commented: 'Stage Beyond is a fantastic theatre company with energetic, creative and committed actors. The bite-sized chunks of Shakespeare on the streets will entertain and delight audiences throughout Derry this summer, adding to the inescapably electric atmosphere in the City of Culture.'

Based in the Millennium Forum, Stage Beyond offers the opportunity to explore issues significant to the learning disabled community, and present these as theatre pieces and open workshops to the general community.

Stage Beyond offers theatre training in many art forms, including dance, voice, physical theatre, music, set design, stage management, lighting directing, facilitation skills and script writing. These take the form of master classes with expert practitioners from throughout the UK.

You can catch Stage Beyond's Shakespeare Trail every Monday in August at the following locations: Foyleside Shopping Centre at 11am, The Craft Village at 11.30am, Guildhall Square at 12pm and Ebrington Square at 12.30pm. All shows are absolutely free and last less than ten minutes.

For further information visit the Stage Beyond website.