Mia - Mind the Gap


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.

Past Performances

Date Venue Details
7 July 2018 Live Theatre Newcastle upon Tyne
4 July 2018 Theatre Royal Wakefield
27 June 2018 Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
19 June 2018 The Egg Bath
15 June 2018 Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester
17 May 2018 York Theatre Royal York
27 & 28 April 2018 Live Art Bistro Leeds
18 April 2018 The Dukes Lancaster
14 March 2018 The Albany Deptford
1 & 2 March 2018 The Vaults, Waterloo VAULT Festival
22 February 2018 artsdepot North Finchley
25 October 2017 Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
21 October 2017 Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham
12 October 2017 Square Chapel Arts Centre Halifax
13 & 14 September 2017 Hull Truck Theatre Hull
8 - 27 August 2017 Old Lab, Summerhall Edinburgh Festival Fringe
21 July 2017 MTG Studios Bradford
9 & 10 November 2016 Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
5 November 2016 Kala Sangam, Bradford WOW Festival 2016
1 & 2 November 2016 The Lowry Salford
4 October 2016 New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich
1 October 2016 Harlow Playhouse Harlow
27 & 28 September 2016 MTG Studios Bradford


Press & Media

“This play has a clear message; stop patronising and underestimating lives which you know nothing about. It is a much needed middle finger held high in the face of our society’s assumptions about learning disability.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rosie Hilton – A Younger Theatre: Read the review!

“The audience will be taken through an emotional rollercoaster with every scene as the cast asks us to do a reality check on what we take for granted.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Miriam Larrainzar – Ed Fest Mag: Read the review!

“There is just so much thematically about this piece that does not warm your heart but makes it trickle with tears.”
Donald Stewart – Fringe Review: Read the review!

“Mia: Daughters of Fortune … is a timely reminder that, when it comes to people with learning disabilities getting pregnant, we need to think again.”
Sam Abdulla – The Conversation: Read the review!

“I am an old millennial, an immigrant in the UK working in the arts, and now I am going to be a mother. If you have ever read this article about Lucy you probably know why I am always unhappy, so I won’t repeat it, but I want to tell you about a few of my friends who are Lucys with a learning disability.”
Interview with Joyce Nga Yu Lee and the cast of Mia – Huffington Post: Read the interview!

“Theatre is what I do best and I believe it has the capability to touch hearts and minds and sometimes, when done well, even change them.”
Interview with Joyce Nga Yu Lee – The State Of The Arts: Read the interview!

“Mia: Daughters of Fortune is played by talented performers, uses a wonderful mix of media and starts an important conversation.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Michael Beeson – The Mumble: Read the review!

“It’s refreshing and important to see charismatic marginalised people celebrate their stories, their dreams and their very existence, as they do here.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lewis Porteous – Fest Mag: Read the review!

“Poignant, yet without a shred of self-pity, her production is leavened further by a hefty dose of silly, sometimes pleasantly dark, humour.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dave Fargnoli – The Stage: Read the review!

“The hard-hitting central message is that parents with learning disabilities face an uphill struggle against a well intentioned but sometimes inflexible system to win the right to have and keep their children.”
Richard Horsman – The Culture Vulture: Read the review!

“I write with choreography, rhythm and pacing, light and sound including words and voices. I try to treat the script to my theatre like notation to music.”
An Interview with Joyce Nga Yu Lee – The Mumble: Read the interview!

“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!

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