About Face Theatre Company, just one of a handful of professional UK theatre companies working with actors with learning disabilities, is bringing a unique show to this year’s Brighton Fringe.

This collection of five theatre-for-one plays, We Are All Stories, is inspired by historical tales from around Herefordshire. The stories are beautifully presented by the actors and puppets in a magical space created for an audience of one or two, with audience members moving between the individual pieces.

About Face will take you on a journey from pre-history tropical Herefordshire, taking in a wartime love story and encountering the Mermaid of Marden, a little-known legend from the County. A spinster spins tales of Leominster Gold and Hereford’s history passes by the windows of Hereford’s Black and White House…

About Face will also be performing excerpts from  We Are All Stories at the Fringe City event, New Road venue, on Saturday 12th May at 1.30pm.

A photo and interview opportunity has been arranged following these performances at 1.50pm on Saturday 12th May.

Please contact Jess McKenzie on 01568 616301
or email admin@aboutfacetheatre.org.uk to confirm attendance.

 

As important to the performances is the audience’s encounter with the actors, who highlight the part people with learning disabilities have in the UK’s fabric of diversity, the performances helping make them ‘visible’ to the wider community.

About Face actor, Laura Walne, commented, “We’re going to the Brighton Fringe Festival and I’m totally excited about doing the show there. Being in About Face makes me feel good – I like being creative and challenged. I never give up on a challenge. Never”.

Jess MacKenzie, Artistic Director of About Face added, We Are All Stories is very distinctive in style. The individual pieces were devised within the company and show the ambition and skills our learning disabled actors have in puppetry, storytelling and theatre.

We look forward to our work standing shoulder to shoulder with other theatre companies”
 

 

Notes to Editors

About Face Theatre Company is part of ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire and is their flagship project. About Face provides a wide range of opportunities for people with learning disabilities to grow in confidence through performance based skills and gives a platform to raise social consciousness about this marginalised and often excluded sector of society.

It is estimated that approximately 1.5million people in the UK have a learning disability.

ECHO is based in Herefordshire, providing opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people, supporting them to be valued members of their community. Established in 1995, About Face has a strong reputation for delivering high quality theatre to festivals, community halls and other venues. Their schools projects have successfully integrated performances and workshops, enabling follow-up work in the classroom and support for delivery of the national curriculum.

For more information about ECHO and About Face Theatre Company please see
www.echoherefordshire.org.uk/        www.aboutfacetheatre.org.uk/

To download publicity images from the two shows, please click here:

For further information or to arrange interviews/photo opportunities,
please contact:

Jess McKenzie or Nick Baker on 01568 616301 or 07747 897672
Email admin@aboutfacetheatre.org.uk

ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire (Reg. charity no: 1096449.  Company no: 4475254)