As the festive tinsel is taken off the tree and the New Year cheer turns to indigestion, January can often be a month of post-party blues. But for Southwell based participatory arts project Unanima Theatre, the New Year offers exciting opportunities as they are nominated and shortlisted for a National Epic award.
The Epic awards are an initiative by Voluntary Arts Network, the national agency for arts participation, which shines the spotlight on projects like Unanima Theatre, across the UK, to raise awareness of the fantastic work they produce.
Unanima Theatre is a collaborative performance project that brings together adults with learning disabilities and young people aged 16+, to work with arts professionals, for the shared purpose of creating theatre and film. They were nominated for the Epic award in November for a unique piece of theatre that they developed, devised and performed. ‘Everyday People’ was an exploration of identity and individuality that shared the group’s experiences of independence and standing out from the crowd.
The performance, which was funded by an Arts Council grant, awarded to partner charity Southwell Care Project and hosted by The Minster School in April 2011, gathered great positive feedback from audiences across Nottinghamshire.
Unanima Theatre’s Creative Producer Tracy Radford says; ‘It is so exciting that ‘Everyday People’ has made it to the shortlist for an Epic award. Our volunteer participants work tremendously hard to raise awareness of the benefits to social inclusion and community cohesion that this kind of arts project can offer. To make it to the final seven from hundreds of fantastic projects across England is an amazing achievement and a win would be even better. As it becomes ever more difficult to secure funding for this work to continue, this kind of recognition is of great benefit, so please vote!’
The Epic awards will be judged by a panel of experts and a winner and runner up will be announced from each area; England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in late January. But there is also a chance to vote for your favourite project to win a People’s Award. So get behind your local community and help bring home an Epic award to Nottinghamshire.
Visit: www.epicawards.co.uk/shortlist and click on the green thumbs up underneath Unanima Theatre.
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