17 May 2021

Hanger Farm Community Theatre is once again welcoming new members to its classes as they return after a Covid-enforced year-long layoff.

The classes are open to everyone and are based at Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton, which is part of local learning disability charity Minstead Trust.

Designed to build confidence and grow skills, the practical and fun sessions are aimed at anyone looking to enjoy theatre-based activities in a friendly, supportive environment.

There are sessions for people with learning disabilities as well as adults and young people from the wider community. Groups are led by professional facilitators and will offer an excellent opportunity to learn performing skills and put on shows in Hanger Farm’s stunning 18th century wooden barn.

Before the first lockdown in spring 2020, these weekly workshops were helping more than 30 budding actors to build confidence, develop communication skills and make new friends.

Jo Griffiths, Hanger Farm Community Theatre facilitator, said ‘We can’t wait to welcome everyone back. Creating and enjoying theatre has been very much missed by our team and we cannot wait to get back to helping people from all backgrounds build their confidence through theatre.’

The adult group will be running every Monday from 11.30am to 1pm. The youth theatre group is starting in September, every Tuesday from 6.30 to 8pm. Both sessions are £5.50 per-person, per-week.

The theatre classes for people with learning disabilities will run from 21 June every Monday from 1.15-2.45pm and every Wednesday from 11.30am to 1pm.

For more information contact Jo Griffiths at joholcombe@me.com  or 01590 624284.

The Hanger Farm Community Theatre groups receive funding from Arts Council England and Hampshire County Council.

Hanger Farm Arts Centre is running shows and events again from 17 May after a hugely difficult year of closures due to Covid restrictions. Shows coming up this year include high quality comedy, music and theatre from some of the country’s most talented performers. Every ticket bought helps Minstead Trust’s charitable work to support people with learning disabilities.

As well as its work with the community theatre, Minstead Trust also supports more than 200 people with learning disabilities to achieve greater independence, lead fulfilled lives and live as full citizens in society.

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