St.Helens Central Library provided an atmospheric backdrop for the latest in a series of cultural performances aimed at widening the audience for arts in the borough.
The theatre company’s mission is to dismantle the barriers to artistic excellence so that learning disabled and non-disabled artistes can perform alongside each other as equals.
A packed audience – a mix of general public, special interest groups and service users – enjoyed the hour-long performance, created by Mind the Gap performer, Jez Colborne. The production tells the story of one man’s journey through life. Jez is a multi-talented composer, musician and performer with a learning disability
A Review by Pat ‘S’ :
‘Deliberately dropping books in Central Library, along with loud music, singing and dancing, seems inconceivable, but combined with the ‘sound of sirens’ and ‘the hush of silence’ it all made for a most dramatic, and entertaining early evening event on Friday February 15th. ‘Irresistible’ call of the sirens was created by Jez Colborne in collaboration with the award winning touring theatre company Mind the Gap. Jez, who has learning difficulties, is also a multi-talented composer, musician and performer. Mind The Gap is a company of disabled and non-disabled performers with a mission to; ‘dismantle the barriers to artistic excellence, so that learning disabled, and non-disabled artists can perform alongside each other as equals’. If ‘Irresistible’ is an example of their productions, then ‘Mind The Gap’ has surpassed their mission. The story tells of one man’s journey and his fear of sirens. A dark, and threatening atmosphere was created, which was lightened by love later in the performance.
Using minimal props, lighting and sound effects, plus a little magic with the aid of technology, the cast gave of their all, with superb singing, energetic dancing, bold acting and a professional delivery. The audience couldn’t resist when invited to participate in ‘a little dancing in the library’, and they’ll possibly find it irresistible not to attend ‘Mind The Gap’s’ next production. Normality resumed in Central Library as the cast left the floor with a hush, and a “Shush”!