Theatricals Drama Group

Theatricals is a weekly drama group for adults with disabilities and additional needs in partnership with Basingstoke Mencap. Theatricals uses the increased confidence through performing on stage to raise the ceiling of expectation, giving participants the chance to achieve their social, personal and theatrical potential by performing to their peers and the public.

Theatricals meet on Tuesday evenings at the Ridgeway Community Centre, Buckskin, Basingstoke. The group put on two public performances a year, one in the summer and one at Christmas. Past performances have included Jack and the Beanstalk, It’s Showtime - Variety Show and Robin Hood the Pantomime.

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Theatricals Drama Group Reviews

Case Studies

Stephen’s Story

Theatricals has helped me stay active and socialise with people in a comfortable environment.

Stephen has been attending Basingstoke Mencap for the last 4-5 years. He used to be a volunteer worker and would like to get back into volunteering again as he is always keen to assist with projects wherever he can. He particularly enjoys coming to Mencap as it gives him the chance to get out of the house and interact with new people after having lost his wife in 2009. Stephen was introduced to the Theatricals drama group by his sister who knew he would enjoy the music and dancing. This allows Stephen to stay active and to socialise with people in a comfortable environment. Stephen said he feels the dance group has challenged him and has given him useful skills for later on in life. He also feels this sort of thing for people his age keeps them alive longer by keeping them active.

He said the final performance will give him the confidence to take part in other similar events with Mencap. He wants to use the performance to help raise Mencap’s profile and boost attendance numbers. He recorded the last performance of Jack and the Beanstalk so it can be shown to the Mencap society which will help to raise awareness of the group. He thought that show was great fun and particularly enjoyed the scene where the giant kept banging his fist against the table.

Stephen said that because his confidence has increased, he has decided to attend all of the Theatricals groups: music, dance and drama. Stephen would also like to work alongside Fluid Motion and assist with any activities they may be running.

Stephen’s ultimate aim is to have every member of Mencap believe “I can do that” and to help raise the profile of Mencap itself through public performances.

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