Arts Council England funding awarded to Milton Keynes-based theatre company

    The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company has received a major boost from Arts Council England (ACE) emergency funding, which will go towards creating an exciting community project.

    The six-month project entitled ‘Invisible - Visible’, will focus on equal representation within society through a variety of mediums, including a stage play, short films, audio podcasts, illustrated comic books and twines.

    Rosemary Hill, Artistic Director, said: “The idea for the six-month project came from the current lockdown, which has led to a renewed respect and awareness of many key workers. As part of the project we will look at how can we encourage society to retain these wins, and to work to a future that nobody needs to feel invisible in society again.”

    The theatre company will work alongside writer and theatre maker, Sarah Wanendeya, to develop her original script ‘Becoming the Invisible Woman’, which charts the journey of a woman who ‘awakens’ to find herself middle aged, stuck in a rut and confused.

    Rosemary continues: “We will also lead a community engagement programme with the theme ‘Invisibility in society’. It will explore how age, race, gender, disability, socio economic status and our career choices can all directly affect how society perceives us, and why certain people and roles in society are ignored, taken for granted, isolated and forgotten.

    “We are extremely proud and excited to bring this project to Milton Keynes and beyond, and to be working with some amazing creative practitioners and local people. I am fully committed to delivering a project that our community can be proud of.

    “We wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of ACE. As a small company this funding will ensure our survival during these very tough times. For that we are truly grateful.”

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