Under the Stars is a not-for-profit arts and events organisation for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. We passionately believe that people with a disability should get the same opportunities to express and enjoy themselves as everybody else.
We have been running performing arts workshops since 2010 and now attract well over a hundred learners a week to our music, dance and drama sessions. Our workshops are packed with high-quality activities to develop and nurture artistic skills and talent. Our workshops are also designed to assist with life skills like making friends, contributing to community and living independent lives.
Our learners are at the heart of everything we do. Together we create original music, theatre and dance pieces around issues that matter to our groups. The art we make is powerful, surprising and challenges perceptions of what our learners can achieve. Our ideas are ambitious and exciting and culminate in some fabulous performances at high profile events like the Tramlines music festival, The Special Olympics, Chance to Dance and theatres in our region.
People who come to Under the Stars tell us that they are treated differently here. We believe in their power and their talent. We create a safe, enjoyable, happy environment for them to take a risk, get it wrong, express themselves openly and to grow as artists. As a result, they often do things that even their own families and supporters never expected they might.
At Under the Stars we love and embrace a challenge. We believe that nothing is impossible and we constantly strive to change people’s perception of what having a ‘learning disability’ really means.