Our shows

DIY Theatre Company has been creating entertaining, accessible and thought-provoking theatre since 1994. Our shows are based on our own ideas and experiences. We use lots of different art forms and try to make our work as accessible as possible. Most of our shows are suitable for small scale touring.

Following Patient 36

The story so far: Following Patient 36 looks at Learning Disability History. We have found this a very challenging process and some of the things we have been exploring have been difficult to talk about and to make work about. It is important that this is a creative project – a story in words and […]

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Photo: MADHOUSE re:exit

MADHOUSE re:exit

DIY actors played Patient 36 built on the legacy of Mabel Cooper, a learning disabled activist and resident of a long-stay hospital who refused to be silent. This was an incredibly moving performance and taught us a lot about what it was like to live as a learning disabled person in earlier times.

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Photo: The House of Bernada Alba

The House of Bernada Alba

DIY actors worked with Graeae Theatre Company at The Royal Exchange Theatre to create a strolling piece to accompany Graeae’s production of The House of Bernada Alba.

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Photo: Give Me Space!

Give Me Space!

DIY’s current interactive, multi-sensory show for PMLD audiences blasts off into space to explore the universe.

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Photo: Following the Thread

Following the Thread

DIY’s first show for audience members with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) took audiences on a multi-sensory watery journey, accompanied by Woolly, their magical guide.

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Don’t Call me Babe!

“Don’t Call Me Babe!” featured two sparkly travel agents Anthony and Samuel and a pair of very shiny shoes. The play was devised by company members, working with playwright Danny Start and centred on the relationship between two arguing lovers.

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Photo: Ellie’s Story

Ellie’s Story

“Ellie’s Story” asked whether we can ever escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life and find a bit of peace and quiet? Would Ellie’s special remote control allow her to zap a bit of space for herself?

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