Back homegrown talent while you can

From: Val Regan

Musical Director, In the Boat Theatre Company

I was delighted to read your coverage of Mind the Gap’s production Of Mice and Men. They are an excellent company.

However, I would like readers to know about Sheffield’s own learning-disabled theatre company, In the Boat, which has been running for nearly 25 years.

It also features learning-disabled and non-disabled artists working as equals and has performed many times at the Crucible Studio, as well as touring regionally and in Europe. In the Boat is just one project run by the Barnsley-based arts charity Action Space Mobile which pioneered disability arts in the UK.

Despite the quality of the work, its 40 year history of innovation and despite the fact that our director, Mary Turner, was nominated for an OBE (which she rejected), Action Space Mobile is struggling to survive the cuts having recently lost its Arts Council funding.

However In the Boat is still working on a new production, The Baker’s Tale, a modern fable which mixes live performance with film and is based on the performers’ research into opera.

So support homegrown talent while you still can and catch us on tour in the autumn by visiting it may be your last chance.