A THREE-month performing arts project will help young disabled people learn about theatre.

Young disabled people aged between 18 and 25 who want to take their first steps in developing their performance skills and creative talents have the chance to take part in the new project, at Stockton's Arc, that could potentially lead to a future in performing arts.

The project aims to challenge society’s perceptions of disabled people and promote their creative voices.

Budding performers will get the chance to produce a piece of original work to showcase to friends, family and supporters towards the end of the three months.

The group will be led by established performing arts professionals, who will explore modern theatre techniques such as physical theatre, mime, and mask looking at different ways to tell stories without words by using physical movements, facial expressions, costume items and props.

They will also get the chance to try out imaginative character work, including voice work and have a go at creating vocal sound effects for a short animated film which they will produce with a local film maker.

Playwright and theatre director, Vici Wreford-Sinnott, who is leading the project, said: "It's so exciting to be able to create an opportunity for the next generation of disabled performing artists from our area. We're looking for people who want to try new things, and we'll be making sure that the voices of those involved are well and truly heard by creating brand new material, rather than replicating what's already out there."

No previous experience is needed. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays between 4.30pm and 6.30pm and will cost £3 each, places are limited. The first session will take place on Tuesday 19 April.

To enquire or to book a place, contact Chloe Lawrence at ARC on 01642 665400.