This is a very exciting time for The Misfits.
We've been a Community Interest Company for just over a year now and are building a very good reputation for our training events with a difference. Our regular clients include Bristol NHS Services and Bristol City Council. We use theatre to train professionals how to work with people with learning difficulties and tackle difficult issues such as domestic abuse and relationships and sexual health.
We continue to offer lots of exciting opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in theatre and other creative arts.
Over the next three years you will see more regular drama workshops, nightclub events at the Trinity Centre and work with schools and organisations across Bristol thanks to a grant of £149,659 from the Big Lottery Fund.
In the autumn we'll be starting on a new creative development project to enable us to explore other artforms thanks to a grant of £39,512 from Arts Council England.
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We have two regular groups for adults with learning difficulties aged 18-any age. We have fun, play drama games and devise original work based on people's own stories, experiences and interests. The groups take place at Hamilton House and also offer an opportunity to socialise and meet new people.
We provide tailor-made training to professionals in the public, private and voluntary sectors. We use theatre to describe the experiences of people with learning difficulties and the challenges life can bring. We show how people with learning difficulties want to be treated by the services they use and the professionals they meet. We promote equality and redress the power balance by performing as paid actors. No issue is too big or too small. We also work with schools and youth organisations to challenge bullying and tackle issues such as relationships and sexual health.
Getting out and socialising, especially in the city centre and at night, can be difficult for people with learning difficulties. We run accessible nightclub events at the Trinity Centre for people with learning difficulties, their friends and families. Over the next three years there will be four events each year thanks to our grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Working in partnership with the Trinity Centre we have started to run tea dances for people with learning difficulties, their families and friends. Similar to our Rhythm of the Night events, tea dances provide an opportunity to socialise, have fun and dance. There is tea, coffee and cake and a dance tutor to lead the way! We hope to secure funding for more regular tea dances in the near future.
We've just received £39,159 from the Arts Council England to support our new creative development project. Over the next two years we will be going to see the work of other artists and performers in Bristol and beyond and becoming an integrated part of local and national arts networks. We will be identifying new artists to work with Company members through a series of 'masterclasses' leading to exhibitions/showcases of the work we make together. An important part of this project is the way in which artists with and without learning difficulties work together and we will be developing induction training for artists who haven't worked with people with learning difficulties before. Look out for more details of this project in the autumn.