Warwick Rotarians give audience to theatre group chair - The Leamington Observer

Warwick Rotarians give audience to theatre group chair

Leamington Editorial 27th Apr, 2023   0

IT WAS show time at Warwick Rotary Club when the Chair of Side by Side Theatre gave a talk.

Penny Amis visited the Rotarians to talk about the Warwick-based theatre group with a difference.

Side by Side Theatre develop and produce inclusive theatre involving adults with and without learning disability and neurodiversity.

A registered charity, the group was started in 1988 by local actress and drama teacher Sue Teers. Through weekly workshops and rehearsals they gradually develop skills and actively encourage the participation and artistic ideas of all of the members, including mime, movement, dance, drama, poetry and sketches, ranging from the visually dramatic to humorous.

Their inclusive approach develops confidence and communication, at the same time drawing out previously undiscovered talents.

“Labels” are shed – the emphasis is on abilities not disabilities. Each show – like the performers – is unique.

The main show at the Royal Spa Centre sees a company with over 60 performers all performing on an equal footing – hence the name Side by Side Theatre.

Penny was invited to speak to the club following a donation the Rotarians made to Side By Side from a legacy left by former member Paul Reynolds of Hampton on the Hill. Penny thanked the club for their support and said they received no government funding, relying on their income through sponsorships, donations and their own fundraising efforts.


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