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Appleshed Inclusive Theatre Company






Members of the Appleshed Inclusive Theatre Company in Congresbury welcomed trustees from the Thatchers Foundation with a big smile and jazz hands, as they were presented with a cheque for £2,500.


The donation will be a huge boost to the theatre company’s own fundraising efforts for the equipment, theatre props and ongoing running costs that it needs to maintain and expand its workshops for children, teenagers and adults.


Anne Thatcher, Trustee of the Thatchers Foundation says, “This is an awe-inspiring theatre group that has great ambitions to start more sessions in other Somerset towns and villages. We’re delighted to present them with this donation that will not only benefit the members who join in the workshops at the moment, but in the future too.”


The Appleshed Theatre company is understood to be the only inclusive theatre running in the South West. It currently has 50 members on its register and offers sessions across the age groups. Its ethos, modelled on Chickenshed Theatre in London, is to help people who may or may not have additional needs to work together to create truly inclusive theatre events.


Jan Thomson, founder of Appleshed adds, “Our groups, and the performances we stage, are truly joyful and encourage integration across all abilities through drama, music, movement, song and games. We aim to encourage self-confidence and often integrate topics into our performance that pupils themselves raise, such as bullying.


“This is a very generous and welcome donation from The Thatchers Foundation that will be put to excellent use for the benefit of all our practitioners, students and volunteers who have a collective passion for theatre and the performing arts.”