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What's Missing?

For the past year a group of young learning disabled people with a particular passion for the arts have been working with Fittings MultiMedia Arts on their programme Missing. This weekend, the project culminates in an immersive, exciting theatre piece Cafe Missing at Bluecoat – Laura tells us more about what to expect. 

Fittings, along with the group of young people, came to Bluecoat through The Road Ahead, a course run by People First, a fantastic organisation who champion the right to self advocacy for learning disabled people. At Bluecoat, we’ve been exploring the transition from youth into adulthood for young, learning disabled people as part of our Blue Room Transitions group, in order to better understand what life is like for young, learning disabled people.

Young Blue Room have created lots of fantastic pieces for the Missing Programme, including a film with filmmaker Jane Farley, raps and poems with artists Juga-Naut and Stickman, and zines, monoprints and collages with facilitators and artists based at Bluecoat. The work of the group has been cleverly knitted into the final piece by Garry Robson, Artistic Director of Fittings, and is represented in the final event programme which can be picked up from Bluecoat during the performance.

The group have really loved the journey, especially working with the fantastic people at Fittings, Garry, Adrian Turrell-Watts (General Manager of Fittings), and performers Juga-Naut and Stickman -- who will be providing music (and food!) during the performances. Another highlight has been venturing down to Nottingham to meet the other groups involved in the project, as part of the Missing ambassadors programme.

This weekend (Sat 19 & Sun 20) all the work of Young Blue Room -- along with contributions from young people across the UK, including the one and only 20 Stories High -- will culminate into three performances of Cafe Missing in the performance space at Bluecoat. The process has been all about finding out ‘what’s missing’, whilst exploring the sense of self and identity, something that has so much relevance in today’s culture of impermanence and online life.

Expect rapping, musical interludes and even some cooking! It’s not to be missed.

Performances will be Sat 19 at 2 – 3.30pm, and 7 – 8.30pm / Sun 20 at 2 – 3.30pm

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Checkout the projects website here

For more information about People First check their website 

Find out more information about Blue Room at Bluecoat here  

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