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Voices: Turning words into action
Theatre from the Heart

Overcoming learning disabilities to breakdown barriers... taking theatre into the classroom and onto the world stage.
Lorraine, John, Carl, Neil, Leann, Kevin, Jane and Andrew of Mockbeggar Theatre Company

Mockbeggar Theatre Company is in demand locally, nationally and more recently - internationally. Their aim is to work with disabled and deaf people to develop their skills and knowledge through theatre workshops and performances.

They work in partnership with other organisations to improve access to provision for artists, performers and practitioners of Learning Difficulties. We'll follow the group as they continue to educate and entertain. Actors will tell us about their experiences on the stage and in schools as they take their popular workshops into the local classroom.


Neil neil Loves doing drama with Mockbeggar - "I'm treated like an adult and taught to a good standard." Loves music and Carry On films!

Carl carl Likes workshops, performances and working as a team. Favourite music - easy, Westlife, Chris de Burgh and Will Young!

Jane jane Adores Ant and Dec, like Mockbeggar they're a good team. As for her musical tastes - it has to be Gareth Gates and Will Young every time!

Kevin kevin Mockbeggar has given Kevin confidence. Likes playing darts and listening to Cliff Richard. His ambition is to be a drama teacher.

John john Britney Spears is John's favourite performer. He likes having a pint, seeing films and Everton Football Club.

Leanne leanne Enjoy's going to the theatre, horse-riding and music. Her favourite artist is Donny Osmond. She's more confident thanks to Mockbeggar.

Andrew leanne Likes horse-riding, weight-lifting, and showbiz personality Samantha Fox. He thinks drama is very interesting.

In Rehearsal

Our Voices producer, Estelle Condliff spent the day with the actors as they rehearsed for their next production, a story from Africa called "The Boy Who Melted."


John strikes a pose

Auditions will take the form of a workshop and people will not be asked to perform individual pieces. The Mockbeggar actors will interview hopefuls and in turn they'll be given the opportunity to tell them about their experience and ambitions. They’re looking for three new performers who have experience of producing theatre for audiences and who would enjoy working in a team.

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, 24th June and again a week later on Tuesday, 1st July at "The Door" - home of Merseyside Youth Association, that's in Hanover Street, Liverpool. You will need to arrive by 1pm. For more information, ring Sue O'Brien on 07939 505175 and good luck!

Follow their story of Mockbeggar Theatre Company on Artwaves with Angela Heslop. Thursday evenings from 9pm.

Contact: Mockbeggar Theatre Company
The Cotton Exchange Building Old Hall Street Liverpool L3 9LQ U.K.
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)151 236 1292

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