Weʼre raising £550 to support the fantastic work of Hijinx Academy - training actors with disabilities to perform at a professional level.
- Exeter, UK
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In October 2018 I'll be powering through all 13.1 miles of Exeter's Great West Run! I'm running this half marathon to support Hijinx Academy - a professional theatre company. What makes Hijinx different is that all casts include actors who have learning disabilities. It's the ability of these effortlessly talented performers which lies at the heart of every production.
We call it inclusive theatre because it makes so much of the skills and raw talent of people who often get overlooked in today’s society and gives them a platform to create and perform absorbing, surprising, and provocative theatre, alongside actors who don’t have disabilities, resulting in inspiring entertainment.
My friend Tom is my inspiration here. Tom has Down Syndome, which means he was gifted with a bonus 21st chromosome and as far an I'm concerned it gives him super powers. Tom makes me smile a little brighter, love a little stronger, and laugh a lot louder, and reminds me it is our abilities, not our disabilities, that count.
Tom has been working hard at Hijinx for the last few years and he's gained so much from his time at the academy - heaps of confidence, professional acting skills, countless opportunities, and friends for life too.
Hijinx facilitates limitless learning and development opportunities for people with learning disabilities, in an environment where they are respected and admired for their professional acting abilities.
I applaud the work of Hijinx academy, and I'm on this fundraising mission to say THANK YOU & support the fabulous work they do going forward.
Everyone has their own dance to dance, remind yourself (and others), it's our abilities, not our disabilities, that count.
Here's Tom, the fella who's inspired me to support this fabulous cause. He's probably signing autographs or doing whatever famous people do - #wouldntchangeathing.
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Apr 2, 2018
Lovely Amy - thankyou so much! We’ll be with you (metaphorically...!) every step of the way! Huge love & luck, Allison, Mike, Tom & Lu 😘 xxx
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