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Mind the Gap presents

Contained: True Stories from The Heart

Thu 08 Jun—Fri 09 Jun
Times: 8pm & 1pm at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £20 - £1 (Pay What You Can)

Testing testing, my name is Liam, testing, I am 28, testing testing and I live in Bradford, testing.

Contained is a vibrant, compelling and personal show from England’s largest professional learning disability theatre company: nine interwoven true stories about family and friendships, love and loss, the everyday and the extraordinary.

The head teacher looked at me and said “I’m afraid you have to leave this school. There is no place for you here.”

Combining live performance, film, photography, music and dance, Contained explores those small moments in life that suddenly become meaningful: moments that teach us about ourselves, and the world that we live in.

I left a part of me at Seacroft hospital that day.
Created in collaboration with Alan Lyddiard (Artistic Director of the Performance Ensemble and former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) and Denis Darzacq (award winning French Photographer and Filmmaker).

“It forces us to rethink the dominant narratives around disability, defiantly and joyously trashing any idea of lives diminished and less fully lived and experienced.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

My Story Project Exhibition: On display at Square Chapel Arts Centre from 2 June. Stories and images of people with learning disabilities from across the UK.



Join us on Thursday 8 June at 6pm for An Audience with Liam Bairstow (Coronation Street), followed by the show at 8pm and a post-show discussion with the cast at 9.15pm.


***WORKSHOP***Friday 9 June, 10.30am

9 June 10:30am – 12pm CONTAINED: The Workshop. For artists and performers, led by Director Alan Lyddiard.

Join Alan Lyddiard (Director of CONTAINED and former Artistic Director of Northern Stage) for a 1.5 hour workshop where you will learn some of the techniques used in the creation of CONTAINED. Aimed at experienced and aspiring performers, the workshop explores Alan’s trademark, meditative practice known as ‘slow walk’. Developed over many years, Alan’s slow walk exercise is now used by thousands of performers to help them present themselves authentically and reveal their strength and vulnerability on stage.

This inclusive workshop is co-led by Mind the Gap’s Resident Director Joyce Nga Yu Lee and performers from the cast of CONTAINED.