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Disabled actors bring history to life

Subscribe to RSS RSSWednesday, 7th July, 2010

A group of disabled actors will bring English history to life - complete with Vikings and Romans - in a free performance at a church in Birmingham's Bull Ring. The Living Book Theatre Company, a travelling drama group consisting of people with learning disabilities, will perform The Complete History of England (Part I), at St Martin's in the Bullring on July 23rd at 12.30pm.

The theatre group is run through the national support provider Affinity Trust?s Opportunities Service SCORE, which supports people with learning disabilities in Hereford. The production is funded by English Heritage and has been performed at English Heritage sites and popular tourist attractions across the West Midlands and the South West.Rosie Wooderson, Opportunities Manager of Affinity Trust?s SCORE programme, said: ?We are delighted to be able to work with English Heritage to bring our production to Birmingham. It is an entertaining, light-hearted take on English history spanning the first two million years and is a great opportunity for the actors to showcase their talents. It's free to all and we promise people will be entertained.?

Suzanne Carter, English Heritage Outreach Manager for the West Midlands, said: ?We?re delighted to have been able to support Living Book in the development of this performance. Living Book shows us how history is as much about facts as it is about drama and humour. It?s historic entertainment for all the family.?