Changing the Culture since 1986

The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company is an arts organisation that is run by and for people with learning difficulties.

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The group explores the world of music, writes and performs songs and performs at local festival and gigs

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The Lawnmowers is a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), a status awarded by Arts Council England which has described its NPO’s as taking a civic leadership role in the community.  We became one of only five organisations in Great Britain to win an international collaboration award from the London Olympic Committee under its Unlimited Programme.  We were the only learning disabled project to be selected to work with the international Points of Contact and the youth Cultural Warriors programmes.

Our ambitious programme caters for a range of ages, abilities, needs, aspirations, and experience. We have a deep understanding of the barriers to artistic development that people with learning difficulties face.  Low socio-economic status, lack of educational opportunities and lack of cultural understanding are some of the factors that prohibit people with learning difficulties from flourishing in the community.

Lawnmowers Members are called upon by learning disabled individuals, organisations (statutory and voluntary), bodies such as NHS Trusts, University students, lecturers & departments, teaching colleges, schools and adult learning providers to provide drama, performances, outreach and creative workshops to help them with issues relevant to LD.

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Changing the Culture

Our Vision

We believe people with learning difficulties have the right to participate in society as equal citizens with opportunities to succeed.

Our Mission

We believe the arts can unlock the talents and capacity of people with learning difficulties to take charge of their lives, as active citizens, visible artists and agents of change.

Our Projects

Access to Artistic Opportunities:

  1. Local people with learning difficulties have access to increased progressive artistic training and performance opportunities that support personal and professional development;
  2. The Company has a wide and lively volunteer programme with volunteers from schools, colleges, communities and research students.

Lawnmowers Members with Learning Difficulties:

  1. Attend arts training at Lawnmowers Arts Centre to receive rigorous premises based artist training: Theatre for Change, Outreach Performance, Singing, Dancing, Percussion, Technical Training, youth hip-hop, youth theatre;
  2. Create accessible workshops, performances, booklets, films and reports;
  3. External delivery: Performances, workshops to a broad audience, drop-in weekly training evenings, evening nightclubs, international projects.  Members take work out to the public and create educational DVD’s that raises issues and explores solutions affecting the lives of their community including topics such as bullying, hate crime, sex education, discrimination and harassment, relationships and understanding legislation;
  4. Aim to continue to change attitudes through artistic performance with audiences including policy makers, researchers, universities, public bodies, nurses and students and thousands of people with learning disabilities in schools, universities and a wide range of settings.

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Changing the Culture

Registered in England & Wales      Charity No: 1084229                        Company No: 3995521

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