Déda Hosts Inclusive Theatre Performance

Déda is hosting a unique production inspired by Japanese stories and performed by Derby-based 'Hubbub Theatre Company' – an ensemble of performers with moderate learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities, alongside professional and emerging local theatre practitioners.

Hubbub Theatre Company will present 'Kessoku', which means unity in Japanese, at the newly-refurbished theatre at Déda in Chapel Street on Friday November 14.

There will be a matinee aimed at school and college students with special needs, including members of Déda's Accessible Creative Movement Youth group at 1.30pm and a public performance at 6.30pm followed by a social event at the venue's CUBE café|bar.

The company is unique in the East Midlands for their vision to produce quality, innovative theatre that embraces and celebrates the diverse talents of the company's participants. Work focuses on developing skills in theatre, circus, dance, music, puppetry and mask.
This has been recognised by Arts Council England and Derby City Council who have given funding for 'Kessoku' and previously Hubbub's launch street theatre show 'Village Green Antics'.

The theatre company, which rehearses at Déda every week, was formed in 2011 by Dramatherapist and theatre practitioner Jennifer Sumner from Belper. Jennifer is also an Associate Artist with Maison Foo Theatre Company which was previously Artists in Residence at Déda and was part of the ensemble that created and performed their nationally acclaimed show 'Memoirs of A Biscuit Tin'.

For 'Kessoku' she is working alongside a team of artists who bring in specialist skills to Hubbub Theatre Company - Catherine Boot (circus and physical theatre), Matt Marks (composer and musician) and Mark Hornsey from Derbyshire-based Babbling Vagabonds Theatre Company as designer and shadow projection mentor.

Nikki Disney (Dramatherapist) supports the company throughout the process with drama input and pastoral care. The company also has three apprentices – students or recent graduates from Derby, Nottingham and Lincoln Universities – who are shadowing the professionals to develop their skills and experience.

Jennifer explained that 'Kessoku' had been inspired by three Japanese stories and traditional Japanese theatre styles.
"Both myself and Nikki have lived in Japan and I researched Japanese theatre whilst out there.

"We have been working on the stories for over a year – bringing together everybody's ideas. We started to shape the ideas in August to devise a piece of exciting theatre. It is very visual with music which makes it accessible both for the performers and the audience.

"The stories are wonderfully abstract with great characters that suit our sense of fun. There are also underlying themes of working together, unity and harmony that sit well with our company philosophy.

"We aim high so that everybody has the opportunity to gain new skills and surprise themselves, as well as building self confidence, self expression and a sense of belonging to something meaningful and exciting.

"I hope that people will come and see us because it is an interesting piece of theatre as well as appreciating just what our performers are capable of."

hubbub_2.JPGJennifer continued that working with Déda had been crucial to the group's continued success.

"Déda has been amazing in its technical and marketing support for us and they are also great advocates for the work that we are doing to give a performance platform for these young adults.

"Our ethos is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for the performers to blossom and Déda is the perfect environment which is easily accessible and safe.

"It therefore gives the company members the chance to be more independent as well as some respite time for their carers and families who can relax in the café whilst the group are rehearsing.

"Our first performance entitled 'Village Green Antics' was in 2012 for the Paralympics Games closing celebrations in Derby and this was adapted as a promenade piece for this year's Festé programme – both of which were really well received by the audiences.

"I hope that this performance of 'Kessoku' will help to further put Hubbub on the map in the local, regional and national inclusive theatre world and raise awareness of learning disabled talent through an appreciation of the quality of our work."

Clare Limb, Déda's Head of Dance Development Manager and Learning, said: "Hubbub is an incredibly innovative group producing high quality work that showcases the talent and creativity of young people and artists alike and very much complements the inclusive nature of our work at Déda.

"We are particularly pleased to be bringing the young people aged ten to 16 with disabilities who are members of our Accessible Creative Movement group who will no doubt be inspired by the work of their peers."

Media enquiries:
Sarah Jenkin-Jones, JJPR, Tel: 01332 515102/07951 945665; sarah@jjpublicrelations.co.uk

Note to Editors
Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

About Arts Council England
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