The Plough is on a journey to make our centre as accessible and inclusive as possible. We are relatively accessible to our audiences but we would like to make our backstage area and dressing rooms open to all performers, enabling us to welcome and support both disabled and non-disabled artists.
We’d like to extend our work with everyone from some nationally renowned dance companies to local drama and movement groups.
Jo Towler, Executive Director, Candoco Dance Company (the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers) told us:
"We would love to visit more UK venues but facilities backstage often prevent us from doing so, thus denying audiences the opportunity to see high-quality inclusive dance. It's disappointing for us and for local people as venues tell us that we attract a wider audience (disabled and first-timers) than other visiting companies."
Watch our video featuring Steph Hurley who performs with the Prism Theatre Group for people with disabilities. Her mum Alisa commented : "The Plough has given Steph such a wonderful opportunity to participate in the drama and dance workshops and performances she loves.Let's aim high in the hope of seeing all performers from near and far have a much more accessible space in which to shine."
The Plough sadly didn't get through to the judging phase of the Aviva Fund but is still fundraising for this important cause.
Below see some of the Prism Theatre Group posing in the current dressing room.