Latest news: SPRING 2018 UPDATE


Give Me Space!

DIY is getting ready to start touring ‘Give Me Space!’ – our original production that takes audience members on a multi-sensory journey through space.  The show is designed for children and young people with PMLD.  DIY has been working with Eve Harrison and Hannah McCabe to create a beautiful live music score, and with designer Nerissa Cargill-Thompson to create fabulous costumes, set and props.

‘Give Me Space’ comprises two 45 minute performances, each for an audience of 6 – 8 learners with PMLD.  Each performance is accompanied with a pre- and post- show workshop for a maximum of 8 participants.  These workshops will engage participants in space exploration through the senses and enable young people to achieve their Discover Arts Award.

Confirmed dates include:

Friday 2nd March 2018 – University of Salford

Tuesday 27th March 2018 – Delamere School

Tuesday 24 April 2018 – Piper Hill School

Watch this space for further tour dates.

Friends and supporters of DIY will be able to catch “Give Me Space!” at our “Fill the Space!” event on Tuesday 13 March 2018.

“Fill the Space!” At Home Event

DIY is now half way through an exciting initiative funded through the Arts Council England’s Elevate Programme.

All our friends and supporters are invited to attend DIY’s “Fill the Space” event on Tuesday 13th March 2018 from 3 – 5 pm at The Angel Centre, Salford.

DIY’s “Fill the Space!” event will be an opportunity to:

·         find out about how our Elevate Programme is progressing

·         get a flavour of some of our current activities including our “Give Me Space” tour

·         find out about some of our exciting plans for the future

The event is free, but we would be grateful if you could tell us if you are coming, so that we can order enough tea and scones!


DIY’s Friday Group

DIY’s Friday Group has got a busy Spring coming up. On Fridays, we plan all our projects and decide who is leading which one. We come up with ideas for when we lead at DIY BUDS.

And we’ve just started a new course – Drama facilitation – where we’re thinking about how to involve everyone we work with, how to keep focus and how to use. improvisation in our workshops.

Courses for Adults with Learning Disabilities

DIY runs a number of free courses for adults with learning disabilities from throughout Salford. These courses are supported by Salford Community Learning Trust. You can book via DIY or just turn up and join in. Our Spring programme includes:


Soundtracks (Next Steps)

10 weeks starting Thursday 18 January 2018

Venue: Langworthy Cornerstone

Times: 10 – 12

This ten-week course will explore different ways into creating songs and soundscapes using our voices, percussive instruments and objects. Participants will get a chance to create an original radio play together and work with professional sound artists.


Making For Theatre (First Steps)

6 weeks starting Wednesday 31 January 2018

Venue: The Angel Centre

Times: 10 – 12

On this new six-week course we will use a range of easy techniques to make cloth glove puppets and props. We will explore character, costumes and props and the course will culminate in a sharing event.

DIY’s courses are supported by Salford Community Learning Trust. We will be announcing new courses from April 2018 onwards soon. Watch this space for further details.


DIY BUDS is a drama group for adults with learning disabilities, which runs at Langworthy Cornerstone every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm. During the past year we have been supported by the Peoples Health Trust to develop the group, which has now created its own name, logo and identity.

This term our theme is ‘The Art of Communication’. If you would like to find out more about this project, come along to DIY’s “Fill the Space!” event, where we will be sharing some of the ideas and approaches we have been exploring as part of this project.

Oakwood Academy Bronze Arts Award

Congratulations to the brilliant young people at Oakwood Academy who have just passed their Bronze Arts Awards!

Amy, Charlotte and Jen worked with a group of 9 learners at Oakwood Academy on a Bronze Arts Award project.

We explored leadership using drama exercises. They all got to lead a game and share skills with each other and they created lovely boxes all about who inspires them in the arts. They all passed their Bronze Award and the moderator was really impressed with their work.




Forthcoming Arts Award Adviser Training courses being run by DIY Theatre Company are listed below. All training will take place at Langworthy Cornerstone, Salford. To book onto Arts Award Adviser Training, go to

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser Training:

21st March 2018

24th May 2018 (SEN focus)

5th July 2018

Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training:

29th March 2018

26th April 2018

12th July 2018 (SEN focus)

27th September 2018

To book onto a course go to

Support Surgeries

DIY’s Arts Award Support Surgeries are free and open to anyone who has trained as an Arts Award Adviser, at any level, and would like to access some free support. The aims are to refresh advisers’ knowledge and explore a range of different ways of developing the Arts Award in your setting. Upcoming Support Surgeries are:

14th March 2018: 3 – 5.30 pm at Langworthy Cornerstone – specifically covering Access and Inclusion in the Arts Award

Find out more and register for a support surgery or request a support visit at: