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Reading Rep Theatre launches free online drama sessions for neurodiverse young people

Reading Rep Theatre, one of Activate Learning’s partners, is launching free online drama sessions for neurodiverse young people aged 14-25 years old on 23 May.

22 May 2020

Reading Rep Theatre, one of Activate Learning’s partners, is launching free online drama sessions for neurodiverse young people aged 14-25 years old on 23 May. 

The hour-long online drama sessions will take place on Saturday mornings from 11am-12pm and will be run by specialist practitioners. The sessions will include drama games, encouraging participants to connect with each other and make new friends, learn how to improvise as different characters and use their imagination.   

The sessions are free and open to anyone who is aged 14-25 years old and identifies as being neurodiverse. Neurodiverse differences include dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, autism and other neurological conditions. 

Christie O'Carroll, Associate Director at Reading Rep, said: 'We are delighted to be able to pilot free online drama sessions for our neurodiverse participants.  

“Lockdown has been tough on us all, so we have worked hard to provide a means to be creative during this time.' 

Reading College’s Performing arts courses are unlike any other in the country. As part of their pathway, students join Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, which is in partnership with Reading's professional theatre company, Reading Rep. 

Reading Rep is Reading’s resident professional theatre, which combines high-class productions with ground-breaking education and community engagement. The company helps transform Reading and the surrounding areas’ cultural landscape.  

Reading Rep produces diverse new voices on the stage, nurtures these participants in the classroom and reaches out to the local community. In working alongside the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities in Reading, they continue to promote diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the arts. 

To sign up for classes and get more information, please email youththeatre@readingrep.com or visit their website. 

Find out more about performing and production arts courses at Activate Learning or contact us on 0800 612 6008.