Leading Inclusive Theatre in Cheshire and the North West
Welcome to theatreBox, a social enterprise theatre company, offering youth theatre, creative and self development classes and Inclusive drama, dance, and movement workshops for people with disability and special needs. Our workshops encourage creative expression through a holistic approach, and promote personal development and confidence in a fun and healthy way
Our mission as an inclusive theatre company is to create beautiful and inspirational theatre, which is shaped directly from the creative work produced throughout the series of workshops and sessions that we provide. Through this process, we aim to develop performance skills and techniques and promote creative learning and expression, which will lead to personal development, and empower the individual to experience a happier and healthier life.
Our vision is to produce and promote theatre that celebrates the diversity within the special needs community, those with a disability,
individuals who are seen as vulnerable, or anyone who is interested developing their confidence and creativity. Through this we hope to promote community engagement and direct experience, which will boost social awareness and acknowledgement of the importance of the creative arts within these sectors of society, and bring with it education that will lead to positive change.
Dance and Movement
"theatreBox has been out to our group to run a drama workshop. The young people had a fantastic time. Ian ensured that all our members were involved in the session. Thanks Ian!"
The Buzz Group
Community Engagement Group Co-Ordinator
theatreBox creative director Ian Linton has had over 13 years experience facilitating Inclusive Theatre for people with disabilities and special needs within the South East and North West of England.
Professionally trained and with experience working within community and educational theatre, Ian brought to prominence the importance of Inclusive Theatre and the need for it within the main stream arts community while working in Kent. Through this Ian initiated and facilitated groups for people with special needs within community theatres and mainstream theatres , including The Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. As the Creative Director for both the Marlowe Access Company and T.I.D.E Theatre, Ian ensured a place where creative learning could be seen as a positive integrated experience, transforming the idea as to what is Inclusive Theatre through direct public experience, and ensuring that perception of Inclusive Theatre was champions through the skills and positive outcomes of its participants.
Now producing new projects in the North West, theatreBox is working with organisations such as The Wingate Special Children’s Trust. An independent charity devoted to enriching the lives of children and young people with all levels of physical and learning disabilities. Producing new movement and drama workshops for The Children’s Trust at the Wingate Centre, theatreBox is continuing to promote and produce Inclusive Theatre for all abilities within Cheshire and the North West.
"The Marlowe Access Company's aim was specifically seeking to engage people with learning disabilities in the local community, by inviting them into a creative space where they could create theatre collaboratively. This was the inspiration and work of Ian Linton. working with individuals with a learning disability. This project; started & developed by Ian Linton is still running & is still working in partnership with the Marlow Theatre group putting on productions that inspire individuals whether as performers or audience members to move beyond any preconceived ideas of what is possible."
Team Coordinator, Kent County Council
What is Inclusive Theatre
At the heart of theatreBox is our Inclusive Theatre practise, which is based on the individual's ability, skills and experiences. It is from this that we take our lead to develop and create innovative theatre.
Our workshops teach performance techniques in a holistic manner, encouraging personal development through creative expression and physical awareness
Youth Theatre Project
New for 2021 our youth Theatre Project
Following the success of our Inclusive Theatre program , theatreBox would like to introduce our new Youth Theatre Project for 2021. Very much like our Inclusive Theatre program, our new Youth Theatre promotes creative learning and gives our participants the opportunity to learn new skills and stage craft.
Through the work that is developed with in the sessions we encourage both individual and group work, which helps to develop confidents when speaking and participating with others. It also increases self-esteem and enables greater motivation, and encourages self expression and development. Through individual and group problem-solving and risk taking, higher levels of confidence lead to greater levels of achievement and more opportunities in the future.
Why Get Involved?
As part of theatreBox you will not only have the opportunity to learn new skills and be part of a team, but as a member you will enrich the creative process through your own individual learning and expression
You will also see many benefits from getting involved, and what ever the age, our aim is to build confidence, self-esteem and communication skills regardless of ability. We also ensure that through true representation and involvement, our theatre programme will support cognitive and mental development from learning new movements and performance techniques. This will encourage better concentration, fitness and wellbeing in a healthy and fun way.
"Ian was really thoughtful and careful not to push people too much out of their comfort zone and if they felt unable to participate he was really discreet and didn’t make any fuss about it. We just moved on and got better and better."
"We had lots of laughs and lots of highs when we all felt we had achieved something at the end of each session."
"Everybody has truly enjoyed the sessions and we have now booked another course throughout the summer months and opened it up to all age groups. It has been a great success thanks to Ian Linton and our people investing in attending the workshops. It has been a great beneficial experience for everybody."
- Lorraine Woolley, Transition Officer at NMC