Little Voice wows LD group

The latest Learning Difficulties group to visit theatre land was treated to a famous cast and a tremendous performance of the award-winning, West End comedy, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

The group left Stephenson Resource Centre for Blackpool’s Grand Theatre by coach before settling down to see some familiar faces in the cast including Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, Ray Quinn of Dirty Dancing, Grease and Legally Blonde and Duggie Brown of the Comedians. The play introduced the sensational singing talents of relative newcomer, Jess Robinson in the title role of Little Voice.

For some in the group, the visit marked a first theatre outing and the Grand Theatre, built in 1896, provided an exciting backdrop with its ornate chandeliers and magnificent Victorian architecture.

No trip to Blackpool is ever complete without a portion of fish and chips so, en route back to Stephenson’s the coach driver ‘found a chippy’ and the group tucked in!

Participants From The Learning Disabilities Group get ready for Little Voice.

Participants From The Learning Disabilities Group get ready for Little Voice.


The making of ‘Puppets in Scouseland’

A Learning Disabilities group taking part in Cultural Connections enjoyed a tremendous five-week course at the Bluecoat  in Liverpool, with an exciting outcome.

The seven-strong team worked together to produce an animated film in which they starred!

Working with Becky from the Bluecoat, the team began by practising their sketching skills, making a series of freehand drawings, which would provide the backdrops for the animation.

During week two the group visited galleries in Liverpool, including the Tate, to look for inspiration and to appreciate different artistic styles. By week three the team were taking photographs of Liverpool’s iconic statues and buildings along with portraits of themselves to add to the animation.

Next the digital images were printed out and cut to shape to add to the earlier sketched backdrops.

During week four the group could hardly contain their excitement when the animation process began to come together. Working in twos, the group assembled the pages manually before taking still images which were edited together by Becky.

The final piece of the jigsaw came together with the addition of the title pages and  music score and, five weeks later ‘Puppets in Scouseland’ – the title chosen by the group – was on ‘general release!’

Becky gives a lesson in stills photography at the Bluecoat.