Latest news: SUMMER 2017 UPDATE


DIY Theatre Company is busy developing our new show for PMLD audiences, which is called “Give Me Space!”

We have been working with designer Nerissa Cargill Thompson to develop sensory props and costume ideas and we have been working with Richard Easter and Hilary Easter-Jones to develop ideas for an original sound-track.

In June we are going to be piloting our ideas in partner schools and colleges. On 6th and 13th June, for example, we are very excited to be going back to Bury College to explore space with the young people at New Horizons. The pilot tour will help us to try out ideas and approaches as a basis for a full-scale production of “Give me Space” which will tour to Special Schools across the region in 2018.


Massive congratulations to Siobhan, Charlotte, Adam, Amy and Karl from You Can Community Club who successfully completed their Silver Arts Award. The young people planned and ran a shared leadership project with young people at the Beacon Centre and led a second workshop as part of DIY’s Elevate launch event. One group member, Karl, made a fantastic film about the project.

Congratulations also to our very own Alex Glenn, who successfully completed her Silver Arts Award through her activities at DIY. As part of her Silver Arts Award she reviewed performances by Proud and Loud Arts and Dark Horse and interviewed designer Nerissa Cargill Thomson about her career and work.


DIY’s popular weekly drama sessions at Langworthy Cornerstone in Eccles now have new tee-shirts which we have designed ourselves and a new name, DIY BUDS. This term we are working on the theme of “Holidays” and creating a short piece which will be performed at Langworthy Cornerstone on Thursday 29th June.

We are an open group – so anyone is free to join in our fun sessions! We meet every Thursday from 1- 3pm at Langworthy Cornerstone.




DIY is running a “Next Steps Sound and Voice” Course, building on the new course launched last term. The group is exploring emotions and how we change our voices to convey a particular feeling in song, sound and spoken word. By the end of the course, they will have worked with a professional sound recording artist and created an original sound-track together on the theme of “Holidays” to use in the BUDS piece on June 29th.

The course began on Thursday 20th April 2017 and will run until Thursday 29th June 2017.

Venue: Langworthy Cornerstone

Times: 10-00 to 12-00 noon


DIY is running a second ten-week “Volunteering in Action” course. We are learning more about what it means to be a volunteer and everybody will have an opportunity to put their volunteering skills into practice and consider the feedback they get and how to develop their skills.

The course began on Friday 21st April 2017 and will run until Friday 30th June 2017

Venue:  The Angel Centre

Times: 10-30 to 12-30 pm

DIY’s courses are run with the support of Salford Community Learning Trust.  Contact DIY if you’re interested or just turn up.


DIY member Angela is member of the steering group for a learning disability led arts conference which will be held at HOME in Manchester on Thursday 15th June.

DIY is excited to be part of this important conference, where we will be running shared workshops with members of The Lawnmowers from Gateshead. Our workshop will look at what we mean by “Quality” in Learning Disability Arts.

The conference will be looking at the following themes:

How is great art created?

What does the term professional mean?

How can the work be best described and discussed?

How can we help the wider arts world to commission work?

Tickets for the event are now available on Eventbrite. For more information visit


DIY will be visiting The Lowry on Thursday 25th May to see Mind the Gap’s touring production ‘Contained’ and to take part in a post-show discussion.

Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal new show from England’s largest professional learning-disabled theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

DIY will also be hosting a full-day ‘My Story’ Workshop with Mind the Gap on Friday 12th May. Looking forward to an interesting story-telling and photography session.


Forthcoming Arts Award Adviser Training being run by DIY Theatre Company includes:

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser Training:

Discover & Explore (SEND focus) – 21 June (9-30 – 12-30)

Discover & Explore 13 July (9-30 – 12-30)

Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training:

Bronze & Silver (SEND focus) 20 July (10 – 4-30)

Bronze & Silver 28 September (10 – 4-30)

All courses will take place at Langworthy Cornerstone, Salford.

To book onto a course go to

Arts Award Support Surgeries:

DIY’s Arts Award Support Surgeries are free and open to anyone who has trained as an Arts Award Adviser. The aims are to refresh advisers’ knowledge and explore a range of different ways of developing the Arts Award in your setting.

Forthcoming Surgeries include:

12 July 2017 – Focus on Discover / Explore / Bronze

11 October 2017 – Focus on Bronze / Silver / Gold

14 March 2018 -Focus on Access and Inclusion

All Support Surgeries will be held at Langworthy Cornerstone, Salford and will run from 3pm to 5-30 pm

To book onto a Support Surgery or request a one-to-one support visit, go to