Happy Birthday! Celebrating 30 years of DIY Theatre.

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

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.


The difference we have made over the past 30 years…

When I first started I had no confidence. I never thought that I’d be able to fit anywhere. That’s how I was at the beginning. Then through the years I’ve gone from not having any confidence to having lots of confidence now and being myself and not being judged. I think DIY over the years has changed me a lot. It’s given me confidence to actually be myself – able to speak about myself and to be able to show who I am inside and who I am now. I never knew what friendship was like – having the honesty and trust. Through DIY it’s made me feel part of an amazing group and be accepted for who I am.

I’m lucky to be part of something that changes people and I’m always learning new things. What I’m doing now is I’m actually teaching things that I’ve learnt at DIY at the church – everyone’s having fun and I’m paying it forward, sharing it at the church and getting everyone involved.
Becky, DIY Leader

I think everyone can learn something from DIY’s sessions. The world would be a much nicer space if everyone had the opportunity to come.”
Medical Student, University of Manchester

DIY taught me that no-one is limited and anyone can be creative.”
Drama student, University of Salford

DIY introduced the work in a sympathetic and clear way, showed the range of work and explained the needs of participants. In the short time we had the session was very full and interactive! Students’ understanding that disability is not a barrier to enjoying or delivering music and engagement projects is very important to us.”
Vicki Ciaputa, Chethams School of Music

DIY has made a difference to my practice by encouraging (and forcing!) me to work with new and varied art forms, with different learning styles, using different methods of communication and thinking of everything as a sensory opportunity….it’s all about total communication!”
Sarah, DIY Freelance Artist

It gets me out of the house. I meet people and it makes me feel happy. .”
Paul, DIY Actor


We’d love to hear your birthday message! Please complete our form:

I’m a better actor. It’s been fantastic acting – we put a lot of effort into our work. I enjoy being an actor – especially when I’m on stage. It makes me feel happy when I’m on stage. We put in a lot of effort and it brings out the quality and the standard.”
David, DIY Actor

DIY Theatre has had a huge impact on my work.
It – and more importantly – the people who are ‘it’ – have made me think about how different people access different theatre games and exercises.
it has made me slow things down
it has made me try to say less when doing might be better or easier
it has made me consider different ways to connect with people of all ages and abilities
it has made me excited about sensory theatre
it has made me realise the impact that layering ideas on to simple exercises can have
it has made me see that leadership can take many forms
it has made me proud of what I see when DIY are in the space
it has made me feel part of a big theatre family
Thanks DIY”
Jenny, DIY Freelance Artist

DIY has made me think differently about how I work. I used to focus on the end result and now I enjoy all the bits in between, trying games and acting in different ways. Wherever I work, I think more about how to make my workshops accessible for everyone. I’ve loved learning new skills, I’m even staring BSL level 3 in 2024! The best thing is each artist at DIY is individual and they all teach me different ways to be creative.”
Georgia, DIY Freelance Artist

I’m better at working with the children in the schools. When someone gets annoyed or upset I calm them down.”
Cathy, DIY Actor and Leader

I was first introduced to DIY via, doing interviews for my MA, leading me to developing further as an emerging artist, building up my practice to lead finally develop my own project with DIY called The Backstage Project. Being with DIY has enabled me to also gain new contacts and work outside DIY. The whole organisation feels like a warm, welcoming family.”
Philip, DIY Freelance Artist

I’ve become more independent since I started at DIY. At the beginning I used to have to have staff with me but I don’t any more. I’m used to travelling on my own to drama now. I’m more independent knowing what bus to get. I’m getting better at acting. It makes me feel happy and excited.”
Robert, DIY Actor