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England’s largest learning disability theatre company begins tour of CONTAINED at West Yorkshire Playhouse


Leading learning disability theatre company Mind the Gap will begin the tour of CONTAINED, at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 10 - 11 March.

Starring nine learning-disabled performers, including Liam Bairstow (Coronation Street, ITV) and Jez Colborne (Irresistible, London 2012 Olympic Games), who’s original score and lyrics feature in the show, CONTAINED presents nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, CONTAINED explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves and the world that we live in.

Directed by Alan Lyddiard (Anniversary, West Yorkshire Playhouse 2016) in collaboration with award winning photographer Denis Darzacq and Mind the Gap, this gritty, honest and thought-provoking show reflects the lives of people with learning disabilities in today’s society.

“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

A series of free events for anyone who has purchased a ticket to CONTAINED will run alongside the show, including workshops, discussion events and an exhibition.

The three performances of CONTAINED will include a relaxed performance, adapted to meet the needs of audience members with learning disabilities.



Friday 10 March, 7.45pm - Post Show Discussion
Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm - Relaxed Performance
Saturday 11 March, 7.45pm


Box office 0113 213 7700 Book online


CONTAINED at West Yorkshire Playhouse