Help us to celebrate – 30 years of DIY Theatre!

2024 marks DIY’s 30th birthday and we are celebrating in STYLE! For an overview and more about the projects we are working on please visit our Celebrating 30 Years page.

This page is all about how you can get involved and help us to celebrate:

Tell us your DIY Theatre story

An invitation for everybody to get involved in the celebrations!

DIY is the product of everyone who has been part of the organisation over the past 30 years. Whether you’re a current or past member, current or past DIY artist, supporter, project partner or audience member, you’ve been part of making the company what it is today. We’d love to hear from you! Send us a message telling us the difference DIY has made to you, or just to say Happy Birthday. Have a look at what others are saying on our Celebrating 30 Years page

Heading: "Celebrating 30 years" with simple drawings of balloons, bunting and figures in DIY's colours of bright red, green and violet.

30thbirthday celebration events

DIY is organising two very special birthday celebration events which will take place during Learning Disability Week 2024.

photo: there are a group of people in costumes. Most have blue tunics but one is wearing a red and blue workwear shirt. They are all facing the camera, many have their hands raised and are shouting or singing. At front it says 'Celebrating 30 years 1994-2024' in colourful letters with balloons

First Event:

Tuesday 18th June 2024

Exploring Our Past, Shaping Our Futures

A celebration of DIY’s 30th Birthday in Film

  • New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
  • 1 pm to 4 pm

At the event we will be launching our brand new film to celebrate our 30th birthday. The afternoon will include live presentations by DIY members and a selection of films made by DIY artists with film-maker Hilary Easter Jones and selected by DIY artists for this very special event. Over the past 30 years, DIY Theatre Company has built up a substantial film archive, which documents many elements of our creative journey through the years including our theatre work, leadership projects and our experiences during lockdown.

Our Exploring our Past, Shaping our Futures event will be introduced by our patron Jenny Sealey OBE (Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company).

Let us know if you can come to our Film event on Tuesday 18th – save your place on Eventbrite

photo of a smiling young man holding the lid of a box open so that we can see it. The box is colourfully painted. In red it has "DIY" letters above sad and happy masks - the symbol of theatre.

Second Event:

Friday 21st June 2024

Close Knit

A celebration of DIY’s 30th Birthday in textiles and photography

  • The Angel Centre
  • 1 pm to 4 pm

Ten years ago, DIY members worked with Claire Hignett to create a Picking up the Threads wall hanging depicting the first 20 years of DIY. The hanging includes a knitted timeline which represents all DIY performers up to and including 2013 with a different band of colour. A documentary film followed the project from inception to completion.

This event will profile the Picking up the Threads hanging and film alongside a brand new Close Knit companion piece that has been created with Claire Hignett. Once again, the process has been documented with film-maker Hilary Easter Jones, and this film will be shown alongside the original Picking up the Threads film.

This event will include the launch of the Thirty Profiles exhibition DIY members have created with Visual Artist Audrey Albert.

The afternoon will include presentations, workshops and refreshments.

Let us know if you would like to come to our Close Knit Event on Friday 21st – save your place on Eventbrite

'30 years' in big red and violet letters with 3 balloons on each side. Underneath written smaller '1994-2024'
We’ve got lots of ideas to share and lots of things we want to do!

Find out more

photo: a young man is smiling looking down at a box he is holding. We can't see what is in the box but we can see the lid. This is covered in a painting of the masks that represent theatre and "DIY" in red letters.

We came up with some ideas for birthday presents for DIY at a recent Emerging Leaders Session:

Money / funding to do different projects and pay for transport

A big balloon with 30 on it!

Birthday cards, a bunch of flowers in the DIY colours

Party invitations

A 30th Birthday Song

We already got presents!

Thanks to welcome birthday presents of funding we are running two major projects. Close Knit is our textiles project and Exploring our Past; Shaping our Futures our film and photography projects.

Exploring our Past; Shaping our Futures project is being funded through the ‘Whose Art, Whose Culture Fund’ – Managed by Salford CVS on behalf of Salford City Council; monies from the UK Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund via Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

logo strip; 'Greater Manchester, Doing Things Differently', 'Powered by Levelling Up', 'Salford City Council', 'Funded by UK Government', Salford CVS, Making a difference in Salford'.

Close Knit sculpture project is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

logo of National Lottery Heritage Fund