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THU 4 - SAT 6 MAY, 7.45pm 
FRI 5 MAY, 1pm

Tickets: £15.50 / £13.50 concessions

Mind the Gap in collaboration with director Alan Lyddiard (former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) and Denis Darzacq (award-winning French Photographer).

CONTAINED "I'm Me" Music Video - Jez Colborne and Mind the Gap

Hot on the back of the critically acclaimed 2015 and 2016 tours, groundbreaking learning-disability theatre company Mind the Gap present CONTAINED, a vibrant, compelling and personal production.

Featuring Coronation Street's Liam Bairstow, CONTAINED tells nine 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 that we live in.

Press reviews:

“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

“Some of the tales relayed are heart-warmingly wonderful and life affirming… All are raw, unmasked, true emotion that can only come from a a place of vulnerability and are testimony to the security that this group of people find in their colleagues at Mind the Gap.” Elizabeth Stanforth-Sharpe – A Clock in a Thunderstorm

“This show knows it’s the small things that happen that tell the biggest truths. It also knows that at the end, the best theatre has you leaving slightly more human for the experience of it.” Jackie Montague – East Anglian Daily Times

“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  

“Reflecting on Mind the Gap’s latest production, Contained, which tells the personal stories of its performers, Allan Sutherland argues that work which reflects disabled people’s experience of disability is essential to counter non-disabled narratives and assumptions.” Allan Sutherland – Disability Arts Online

Post-show discussion: Thu 4 May

Running time: 1 hour 20 mins

Recommended Age 11+

Contained audience feedback


Alongside the performances of CONTAINED is a series of workshops and activities aimed at sharing and advancing learning disability arts. All the workshops are free for anyone who buys a ticket to a performance of Contained (Ticket = entry so please retain). 


CONTAINED: Actor's Workshop
5 May, 10am - 11.30am
Join the Director of CONTAINED, Alan Lyddiard and Mind the Gap’s Resident Director Joyce Nga Yu Lee for a 1.5 hour workshop exploring some of the techniques used to create the show. Aimed at experienced and aspiring performers, the workshop covers Alan’s trademark, meditative practice known as 'slow walk’. Click here to book your place.

Tea & Trailers
5 May 3:30pm - 6:30pm
A fun & friendly afternoon where you can share your ideas and projects that show the brilliant diversity of disability arts, and work by disabled people. Think of it as an open mic/industry cabaret/performance platform/networking/interactive workshop/formal presentation/informal sharing/pecha kucha - all alongside afternoon tea! So come along, meet like-minded folks and share what you’re doing in whatever format you wish, and have a cuppa on us. Click here to book your place.

A Day of Workshops
6 May, 10am - 11:30am  

CONTAINED: Dance Workshop
Join the Choreographer of CONTAINED, Karen Bartholomew for a dance workshop exploring storytelling through choreography and movement.   

CONTAINED: The Ensemble
12pm - 1pm 
Part workshop, part discussion, this session will be led by Alan Lyddiard, Director of Contained, and will introduce participants to his experience of developing an ensemble. This workshop will delve into this notion of long term practice, creating work over years rather than weeks. 

TIN Arts: Dance Workshop
10am - 11.30am
A session for everyone, TIN Arts will lead an inclusive dance session. For people at a participatory level, people interested in dance and great for artists and students who may be interested in inclusive practice. 

Lawnmowers: Qualitree
3:15pm - 4:15pm  
In this workshop, Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company will explore quality in art. What does quality actually mean and how do we give and receive feedback, with a focus on their Qualitree framework.  

In Conversation with Liam Bairstow
4:15pm - 5pm  
For people wanting a backstage glimpse into ITV’s Coronation Street, from CONTAINED performer Liam Bairstow who plays Alex Warner in Coronation Street. 

Performance Platform
7pm - 7:30pm
An exciting showcase of local aspiring learning disabled artists performing new work. Click here to book. 

Contained audience feedback

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