Anna - Mind the Gap


Daughters of Fortune: Anna – Exploring Learning Disability and Parenthood

Anna: Daughters of Fortune

Exploring Learning Disability and Parenthood

Anna is an interactive Forum Theatre workshop that explores a series of true-life scenarios that are experienced by learning disabled people when they become a parent:

– Informing family and partner of a pregnancy
– Visiting the midwife for the first time
– Being assessed by a child social worker

Along the way we find out about the barriers, how Anna is feeling, how Tony is coping and what Dad/Mum thinks.

This 2-hour interactive workshop is led by a team of 3 professional learning-disabled performers and a facilitator; together we will explore if we can improve the outcomes for Anna.

Forum Theatre: An interactive workshop format that can be described as ‘a rehearsal for real life’. It provides a safe, supportive environment for individuals to explore complex situations that often have no ‘right’ or ‘one size fits all’ answers.

Advocacy and Safeguarding: Parents, medical experts, geneticists, social workers, council officers and advocates have been involved in the development process for Anna. All the scenes presented are based on real life experiences of the many parents we have interviewed.

“Anna is a brilliant conception of a very important production. It was acted with power and sensitivity and deserves a huge audience.”Sarah Bennett, Midwife

Anna is available to book. Contact Jess Boyes or call 01274 487390 for more information.

Past Performances

Date Venue Details
9 July 2018 Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne Great Exhibition of the North
18 May 2018 York Theatre Royal Learning Disability Parenting Conference
15 May 2018 Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow Scottish Centre for Learning Disabilities
13 June 2017 Judith Trust 20th Anniversary Event Royal College of Nursing, London
29 November 2016 University of Leeds Workshop for students
10 November 2016 Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton Mia touring activity
18 & 19 October 2016 MTG Studios, Bradford Safeguarding Week
13 October 2016 The Palace, Aldershot Health & Social Care Conference
23 September 2016 MTG Studios, Bradford Mia touring activity
12 September 2016 LIFT, Islington Workshop for learning disabled parents
1 August 2016 The Lowry, Salford Mia touring activity
10 June 2016 West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Beyond Festival
20 May 2016 Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal Workshop for learning disabled artists
18 May 2016 MTG Studios, Bradford Work in Progress sharing

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