Mind The Gap

 

Mind the Gap is England’s largest learning disability theatre company that creates work for UK and international audiences.
Our vision is to work in an arts sector where there is equal opportunity for performers with learning disabilities: a world where performers are trained, respected and employed equally, and feature every day on our stages and screens.
We work in partnership with learning-disabled artists to deliver a bold, cutting-edge and world-class artistic programme that impacts locally, nationally and internationally. Work that excites, surprises and challenges audiences.
Our aim is to make great theatre that makes audiences think differently. By “theatre” we don’t just mean shows that you can see in arts and theatre venues, but also performances and events in different spaces and places.

Mind the Gap is England’s largest learning disability theatre company that creates work for UK and international audiences.

Our vision is to work in an arts sector where there is equal opportunity for performers with learning disabilities: a world where performers are trained, respected and employed equally, and feature every day on our stages and screens.

We work in partnership with learning-disabled artists to deliver a bold, cutting-edge and world-class artistic programme that impacts locally, nationally and internationally. Work that excites, surprises and challenges audiences.

Our aim is to make great theatre that makes audiences think differently. By “theatre” we don’t just mean shows that you can see in arts and theatre venues, but also performances and events in different spaces and places.

  • Tim Mitchell

    Irresistible

    Jez Colborne

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  • Irresistible

Contact details

Lisa Mallaghan
Senior Producer

Mind the Gap,
Silk Warehouse,
Patent Street,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD9 4SA,
United Kingdom

 

I’m Me" was composed by Jez Colborne, produced by Si McGrath, directed by Denis Darzacq, filmed by Emilie Flower and performed by members of the Mind the Gap Ensemble.
This powerful music video was filmed in various locations around the district of Bradford and challenges its audience to see people for who they are.

I’m Me" was composed by Jez Colborne, produced by Si McGrath, directed by Denis Darzacq, filmed by Emilie Flower and performed by members of the Mind the Gap Ensemble.

This powerful music video was filmed in various locations around the district of Bradford and challenges its audience to see people for who they are.

Related Projects

Crossing the Line Festival

Crossing The Line is a project of the co-operative partnership of 3 European theatre companies: all leaders in the field of working with learning disabled artists. The partners are Moomsteatern in Malmo, Sweden; Compagnie de L’Oiseau Mouche in Roubaix, France and Mind The Gap in Bradford, UK. Read more

Productions

Chicken Coup!

Duration: 20 minute street theatre, can be performed multiple times in a day.
Number of people on road: 5 people
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

The show fits into a small van / large car. For locations further than mainland Europe, we would need to arrange air transport. No equipment needs to be locally sourced as the production is self contained.

Description

Chicken Coup is a fun and exciting, non-verbal street theatre performance. There are thrilling chase scenes, lots of slapstick, general silliness and fowl language in this family friendly festival piece.

Chicken Coup has toured to Alles Muss Raus, Kaiserslautern, Kultur vom Rande, Reutlingen, and numerous festivals and events across the UK.

CONTAINED

Duration: 80 minutes plus interval
Number of people on road: 10-20
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

The show fits into a long-wheeled base van. For locations further than mainland Europe, we need to arrange air transport. Full international tech spec available on request.

Description

Aimed at ages 11+, CONTAINED is a vibrant, compelling and personal show: min interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.
Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, CONTAINED explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world we live in.
CONTAINED was conceptualised as a venue based performance but can be adapted for other spaces with a blackout facility. CONTAINED originally toured the UK in 2015/16 appearing at MTG Studios, Bradford, ARC, Stockton, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, New Wolsey theatre, Ipswich and The Albany, Deptford. The show will be interpreted into French and Swedish ahead of its appearance at Crossing the Line Festival in Roubaix, France in January 2017. This means we can add a level of interpretation to the show in any language.

Aimed at ages 11+, CONTAINED is a vibrant, compelling and personal show: min interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

 

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, CONTAINED explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world we live in.

 

 

Extra information

CONTAINED was conceptualised as a venue based performance but can be adapted for other spaces with a blackout facility. CONTAINED originally toured the UK in 2015/16 appearing at MTG Studios, Bradford, ARC, Stockton, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, New Wolsey theatre, Ipswich and The Albany, Deptford. The show will be interpreted into French and Swedish ahead of its appearance at Crossing the Line Festival in Roubaix, France in January 2017. This means we can add a level of interpretation to the show in any language.

Irresistible

Duration: 60 minutes
Number of people on road: 10-20
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

The show fits into a standard transit van. For locations further than mainland Europe, we would need to arrange air transport. PA and lighting / projection equipment needs to be locally sourced. Full international tech spec available on request.

Description

Irresistible is a site-sensitive, family friendly, energetic and breathtaking live event combining music, theatre, film and sirens.

Irresistible tells the story of a man on a journey. He meets the Hobos who guide him; the Crew who intimidate him; and the singing Sirens, who lure him.

Irresistible has toured London’s Southbank Centre, National Theatre, Olympic Park, Bradford, St Helens, Unity Festival Cardiff, Berne, Geneva, Basel, Zurich and Reutlingen, performing in an array of different venues such as indoor and outdoor theatres, a quarry, a library, and a stairwell!

Wrap-around work

Mind the Gap have years of experience in providing high quality, informative and educational wrap around work.

 

Our touring teams, co-facilitated by our professional performers with learning disabilities, can provide talks, workshops, post-performance discussions, residencies and masterclasses. In addition, we can work with local groups of people with learning disabilities to create community casts for Irresistible and Trickster, or bespoke performances.

 

Our wrap around activity is aimed at a wide range of people, including audience members, people with learning disabilities, arts professionals, etc.

Press Comments & Testimonials

 

“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (about CONTAINED)
“Most of us live at a shallow level of communication. Contained shows us that it doesn’t have to be this way; that a section of society that is all too frequently stereotyped and regarded in a derogatory fashion, can through openness and honesty, be more intelligent than the crowd.” – Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online (about CONTAINED)
"We continue to be inspired by you here in NYC, can't wait to continue the collaboration.” – Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed, NYC (about Mind the Gap)
"Mind the Gap is the most vibrant theatre company I’ve ever encountered.” – Talley Gale, USA (about Mind the Gap)

“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (about CONTAINED)

 

“Most of us live at a shallow level of communication. Contained shows us that it doesn’t have to be this way; that a section of society that is all too frequently stereotyped and regarded in a derogatory fashion, can through openness and honesty, be more intelligent than the crowd.” – Colin Hambrook, Disability Arts Online (about CONTAINED)

 

"We continue to be inspired by you here in NYC, can't wait to continue the collaboration.” – Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed, NYC (about Mind the Gap)

 

"Mind the Gap is the most vibrant theatre company I’ve ever encountered.” – Talley Gale, USA (about Mind the Gap)