“Changing expectations and helping people to achieve their potential.”
Since 2012, Bright Sparks Theatre Arts have been delivering inclusive individual-centred drama projects in the Leeds area, working with people with learning disabilities, complex needs and autism. We create new original theatre, including two large-scale shows per year. We also design, organise and deliver applied drama projects for schools and communication workshops for university medical education.
We see so many positive outcomes from the work we do. From growing confidence, tapping into unrealised talents and helping individuals achieve their potential; to connecting communities and creating new learning experiences for our participants. Our regular 'Big Drama Club' is at the centre of our activities.
"At Bright Sparks we assume everyone has a story to tell and everyone should have the resources and space to tell that story."
John Hudson - Artistic Director
Running since 2013, ‘Big Drama Club’ brings people together to make a show. Working as a group, we start with drama games, acting training and storytelling. Over time, a full-scale original show is devised and rehearsed; and finally performed at stage@leeds (and sometimes beyond!)
All our previous Big Drama Club shows can be found on our timeline.
We work hard to ensure that everyone has a part to play, both onstage and off; and that all people can share their ideas and be heard. Countless times, audience members tell us how impressed and moved they are, seeing the participants' talents shine through (#abilitiesnotdisabilities remember!) and how they are empowered by working in a professional theatre environment.
"It totally exceeded my expectations. Look, I've got goose-bumps just thinking about it!"Rebecca Spoors - Aspire CBS Centre Manager