Mia

Having kids is not an easy decision: Can I afford it? Have I got enough room? Will I screw it up?

Now imagine making these decisions if you have a learning disability. Woah – wait a minute… learning-disabled parents? Erm, can they do that? Do they even have sex?

Yes, yes ‘they’ do.

Fast moving, raw and eye-opening, Mia explores the truths and myths about learning disability and parenthood in today’s society. Think pop culture with popcorn, science with silliness, stories with statistics. Mia challenges the often taken for granted idea of ‘being a parent’.

A Mind the Gap production, performed by four learning-disabled artists.

Created and Directed by Joyce Nga Yu Lee.

We are now programming Mia for Autumn / Winter 2017. Contact Senior Producer Lisa Mallaghan for more information or call 01274 487390.

Past Performances

Date Venue Details
9 & 10 November 2016 Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton Main Theatre
5 November 2016 Kala Sangam, Bradford WOW Festival 2016
1 & 2 November 2016 The Lowry, Salford Studio
4 October 2016 New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Studio
1 October 2016 Harlow Playhouse, Harlow Main Theatre
27 & 28 September 2016 MTG Studios, Bradford Studio 1

Videos

Press & Media

“For many of us it may be the first time we had considered the issue in depth but we really come out both informed and a little disturbed… A powerful piece that is ingenious in its form and confident in its presentation of content.”
Rich Jevons – The State Of The Arts: Read the review!

“Mia is a wonderful piece of theatre, bold, absorbing and engaging, an absolute must see and a credit to all involved.”
Nikki Hull – Opening Night: Read the review!

“Mind The Gap always produce excellent and absorbing theatre, Daughters Of Fortune: Mia is one more to add to their list of shows that should be compulsory viewing.”
Helen Jones – The Reviews Hub: Read the review!

“Thought provoking, devoid of self-pity and stylishly presented Mia is a stimulating examination of an issue that demands wider consideration.”
David Cunningham – Manchester Theatre Awards: Read the review!

“The show made me open up on a subject which was very personal to me. It made me laugh and cry at the same time and it hit a note that hasn’t been hit before. Parenthood is a delicate subject especially for people with a learning disability.”
Razed Roof Responses to Mia for Creative Minds: Read them here!

Comments & Reviews

  • Gemma Whitham

    It was a beautiful and moving piece of story telling. Really important work that needs to be seen by a much wider audience. I thought it was fantastic, important and would recommend to everyone.

  • Diane Crolla

    Really enjoyed the performance.

  • Anonymous

    A great blend of humour, drama, education and entertainment. I always feel challenged and moved by MTG.

  • Jack Yarrow

    I thought it was absolutely brilliant, very important subject matter.

  • Anonymous

    An artistic triumph from concept to execution.

  • Anonymous

    A very brave performance well researched.

  • Julia Barnes

    Excellent use of speech, music and movement to tell the story.

  • Gill Kent

    The issues in the performance are close to home for more people than you think. People need to be made aware + MTG is the perfect medium to do so. Well done cast and crew.

  • Jenny Smith

    The best Mind The Gap performance I have seen. Superb acting. Very senior issues tackled with both sensitivity and humour. It was very funny. Should be enjoyed by a much wider audience.

  • Janet Bowo

    Very well done – made more valid by the research which had gone into it.

  • Steph Mckervil

    Really enjoyed the movement work & humour. Great work to all the artists!

  • Jen Sullivan

    Brilliant – had something very important to say and said it in an interesting way with a fresh approach to performance (love the multi-disciplinary aspects). Very well performed. Informative and intelligently presented.

  • Robby Fisher

    Until I saw the show I didn’t appreciate how the system is graded against people based on prejudice rather than fact. Thank you!

  • Becky Owen

    Beautifully performed and directed. LOVED the use of pop music/lip sync, game show, contemporary dance, great tech too.

  • Claire Drake

    I didn’t know what to expect. I know people with learning disabilities who are parents and this production has captured the issue brilliantly.

  • Shahida Parveen

    The effort put into the performance was impressive.

  • Linda Jones

    Loved Techniques + different ideas used, mix of media, Thought provoking, Disturbing – some of the true life stories

  • Anonymous

    There was lots that I didn’t know about that now I want to research.

  • Hannah Waite

    Loved how you used filming, interacted and involved the audience.

  • Anthony Haddon

    Food for thought – Are some humans valued more than others?

  • Chris Singleton

    Powerful stuff – somewhere between spectacle, dark humour/satire, science lesson and real life.

  • Ben Payn

    Really bold steps forward for MTG.

  • Niki Hughes

    Very powerful + thought provoking. Lovely ‘mediums’ used. Very clever, great metaphor. Couldn’t always hear the dialogue.

  • Nadia Aityahya

    Very excellent, More undersatnding about disability.

  • Laura Isherwood

    The performance really opened my eyes to how people with learning disabilities struggle. It was really emotional. Brilliant.

  • Salma Eliewah

    It is very strong with many lessons + valuable information.

  • Kirti Patel

    The performance was great! It really highlighted key issues related to disabled parents and what they face.

  • Anonymous

    Extremely poignant choice of subject. Actors brilliant! They could ‘enact’ their experiences from real- life.

  • Anwaar Fatima

    It resonated with me so much and the whole performance was brilliant.

  • Niamh Bryson

    It was really well put together, the mix of humour and seriousness around the issue allowed you to leave, feeling entertained and thinking/wanting to talk about the subject and give it some thought and do something!

  • Gail Wright

    It really gave me food for thought about the mum of my fostered child who has learning disabilities.

  • Rachel Cook

    It was wonderful. Really moving, pretty shocking but felt really important. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I just loved it.

  • Joanne Sherif

    I’m so glad this issue is being addressed and questioned through theatre.

  • Carol Woodhead

    Realistic, tells it how it is by the people who experience it and live it.

  • Lizzie Wharton

    I love the roller-coaster this show takes you on, not knowing whether to laugh or cry – moving.

  • Bob Schiffrin

    Lifts the lid on a taboo subject. Fascinating, poignant but optimistic.

  • Tom Warman

    I thought the cast dealt with a complex series of issues with incredible confidence and certainty.

  • Jackie Mallinson

    Well researched, think social workers should watch the film with Pippa & Raine – they could learn a lot from it.

  • Jo Healey

    As a midwife, I find maternity services overwhelming and terrifying. This play made me weep with frustration and anger at how much we fail women & families & how far it needs to change.

  • Tessa Wainwright

    Some beautiful dancing + movement ideas, the shadow sequence especially. A good dose of humour as well as angst & sadness.

  • Emma Gee

    This is stuff that needs to be said. I like that it has no answers which tells us how tough this subject is.

  • Zoe Teasdale

    Well staged. I enjoyed the different forms of media used to give perspective in and out of the room.

  • Carys Rewhorn

    The actors are extremely professional. It takes a special performer to be able to talk about such personal and sensitive subjects.

  • Alex Rewhorn

    Didn’t know what to expect. It was brilliant!

  • Melissa Jackson

    I think it is amazing how MtG have tackled a subject which others are too afraid to breach in case the normality of policy would be rocked.

  • Paul Denis

    This is one of the most interesting MTG performance I have seen. Excellent work.

  • Jessica Norman

    I honestly thought is was wonderfully presented and vey thought provoking. I’m an occupational therapist and have had many conversations about how the profession could support this area.

  • Petal Pilley

    I am heartened to see this subject tackled in a piece of theatre that has grace and attitude in one!

  • Sarah Harman

    Very emotional but such integrity. Such an important social issue – some of the data was deeply shocking, great profound performances.

  • Sarah Sellick

    It made me cry thinking about the impact on parents with learning disabilities. I am pregnant at the moment and can’t imagine the anxiety, wondering if I could keep my baby or not.

  • Darren Eaton

    Yes, the play was well thought out, it had drama and music with TV. Humour was great, I can relate to this play because my brother went through this very same situation.

  • Paul Spychal

    Thank you for a stimulating and thought provoking piece of excellent theatre.

  • Kate Theodore

    An incredibly emotional performance – funny, moving and brilliant!

  • Umi Eaton

    Well done! Thank you for your great performance.

  • Marc Belsey

    It’s good and it’s amazing, I loved the show.

  • Nabeel Akram

    I liked the music and dancing. I liked Pippa’s film and getting involved in the game show. Should do Anna & Mia at Westminister – Social Workers too.

  • Tracy Watkins

    Amazing! Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous

    Very expertly trod the line between light and shade, didn’t cop out of any difficult subjects but applied comedy where appropriate to lighten.

  • Laura Russell

    Really well put together, combining humour with thought through ideas.

  • Aimee Hayler

    I am an advocate for parents and I would like to thank you for covering such a difficult subject in such a beautiful way.

  • Patricia Warren

    The actors were amazing. The content, although upsetting was portrayed and put across really well and unfortunately it is the way people are treated.

  • Sara Eden

    Brilliant show – informed us as social workers how people are affected by decisions and how we need to give more consideration to their strengths, wellbeing etc.

  • Nicky Fish

    I wouldn’t be able to change a fuse!
    I think a DVD would be great to share with the people of Ipswich / Suffolk bearing in mind the number of people out there and the audience here tonight.

  • Eva Parkinson

    Very interesting to watch – I think that people with little knowledge of LD would learn a lot from this – fantastically performed.

  • Shane Edwards

    Really enjoyed seeing the show as it challenges myths regarding sex, relationships and those with SEN.

  • Paul Daly

    I really enjoyed it and it was an interesting subject

  • Terri Clayton

    Was very well performed and written. The questions asked and knowledge known to be any parents difficulties.

  • Chloe Harvey

    I found the performance really thought provoking. Even in the line of work we do we meet many people that don’t recognise people with a learning dissability as adults who can achieve so much including successful parenthood.

  • Lizzie Carline

    Thought provoking & funny. Brilliantly executed. Just the right length.

  • Jess Taylor

    Incredible portrayal of some very important issues – thank you!

  • Anat Greenslain

    It was wonderful. Really impressed by the production, the performance and the sensitive and witty ways of engaging with complex issues.

  • Emily AnkersBrown

    Very, Very good. Food for thought.

  • Suzanne O’Brien

    As a social worker (not in LD at the moment -unfortunately) this has been an eye opening.

    Thank You.

  • Ella Dix – Nagra

    Really enjoyed the different use of mediums (acting, dance, video, music) and the actors really bounced off each other.

  • Gaynor Rowlands

    Excellent!

  • Xenia Smeeton

    Actually amazing!

  • Dan Mallaghan

    PA sound was a little loud at times, so I struggled to hear some parts.

  • Zoe Gillespie

    I think you are all amazing performers and I hope you do another performance again. You are a great role model for young people with learning disabilities.

  • Lily Young

    It really opened my eyes to a subject that I had never previously thought about. Thank You!

  • Kate Riding

    I really enjoyed the performance and loved the actors confidence, they were great!

  • Charlotte W

    Very good show and amazing idea!

  • annoymous

    So glad we heard about it & came.

  • Sammy Boyle

    Was really interesting and helped with a university project.

  • Lindsay Towndrow

    I found this really useful and informative. Its really good to get parents perspectives who have learning dissbilities. It will be really useful to use this info as part of my degree in learning disability nursing and social work.

  • Amy Fletcher

    I’m doing a presentation as part of my degree on parents with learning dissabilities and therefore it has been really helpful.

  • Phil Breadnez

    It was perfect

  • Maureen Walkden

    So important to highlight the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.

  • Phillip Hughes

    So real and enlightening.

  • Lauren Calderbank

    Brilliant performance & for a student midwife was very interesting and provided an insight into different perspectives & experiences of pregnancy.

  • Eve Walker

    Brilliant acting, fantastic mix of humour and serious issues which need to be addressed.

  • Nicole Shortt

    It was a fantastic performance by all and there was a clear message. Hope it makes a difference.

  • Lesley Johnson

    Really worthwhile.

  • Tracy Gallimore

    I only heard about it on TV last night, would have brought more before if I knew before. Advertise more.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the way that the show unfolded through a kaleidoscope of different media, held together by the strong focus and energy of the performers. The impact was visceral and the messages were communicated unequivocally.

  • Karl Butler

    I think it was brilliant – and it helps people to understand what ordinary lives are about.

  • Daniel Smy

    Good performance, music was fantastic and lights – Director is brilliant.

  • Kimberly Webber

    I enjoyed everything! The Mind the Gap people are very friendly and like the way they worked as a team.

  • Chloe Harvey

    I found the performance really thought provoking, even in the line of work we do we meet many people that don’t recognise people with a learning disability as adults who can achieve so much including successful parenting.

  • Jess Taylor

    Incredible portrayal of some very important issues – thank you!

  • Emily Ankers-Brown

    Ver, very good – food for thought.

  • Ella Dix-Nagra

    Really enjoyed the different use of mediums (acting, dance, video, music) and the actors really bounced off each other.

  • Lily Young

    It really opened my eyes to a subject that I have never previously thought about – thank you!

  • Suzanne O’Brien

    As a social worker (not in LD at the moment unfortunately) this has been eye-opening. Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Really keen to see more. I feel this is a smaller step on a larger journey

  • Lizzie Carline

    Thought-provoking and funny. Brilliantly executed, just the right length.

  • Anat Greenstein

    It was wonderful. Really impressed by the production, the performance and the sensitive and witty ways of engaging with complex issues.

  • Anna Gray

    I thought it was very good and I liked the introduction of the activity. I really enjoyed looking at the different stages of the work.

  • Laura Clowson

    I thoroughly enjoyed Mia, the actors/script were outstanding, loved the use of media and dance

  • Dzenana Masic

    I had never thought about the difficulties that people with learning disabilities face, particularly the ‘assessment criteria’ (quick nappy changing and all the information questions, which I find inappropriate for assessing parenting skills) so this was really an eye opening experience for me. Thank you!

  • Remi Fox-Novak

    The Mind the Gap project seems excellent and seems to challenge so many negative assumptions of disability.

  • Michelle Worthington

    This is so powerful and leaves the audience with no doubt that things need to change! The real life stories were more powerful than ‘don’t drop the baby’ but humour was also important.

  • Bill Laybourne

    Loved the gameshow, really interesting use of sound, so glad I came. Very informative science bit.

  • Robin Surgeoner

    I thought it was moving and given the opportunity would like to programme performances at the ‘WHY’ Festival.

  • Lauren Calderbank

    Brilliant performance & for a student midwife it was very interesting and provided an insight into different perspectives as well as experiences of pregnancy.

  • Anonymous

    It was perfect!

  • Lindsay Towndrow

    I found this really critical and informative. It’s really good to get parents perspectives who have learning disabilities. It will be really useful to use this as part of my degree in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work.

  • Kate Riding

    I really enjoyed the performance and loved the actors confidence. They were great!

  • Charlotte W

    A very good show and an amazing idea!

  • Maureen Walkden

    So important to highlight the difficulties faced by people with disabilities.

  • Phillip Hughes

    So real and enlightening.

  • Eve Walker

    Brilliant acting, fantastic mix of humour and serious issues which need to be addressed.

  • Nicole Shortt

    It was a fantastic performance by all, and there was a clear message.Hope it makes a difference.