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  Hijinx Theatre

Hijinx Theatre

Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place
CF10 5AL

  current production | past productions
phone | ffôn 029 20 635625 / 029 20 300331
e-mail address | e-bost
web site | wefan
Executive Director – Clare Williams; Artistic Managers – Gaynor Lougher & Ben Pettitt-Wade.
Jacqui Onions
artistic policy
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We are a professional theatre company based at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff who tour small scale theatre throughout the UK and Europe.

What makes us different is that our casts always include actors who have learning disabilities. The ability of these effortlessly talented performers is at the heart of every show we produce, creating work that is utterly absorbing, surprising and provocative.

We call it inclusive theatre because it makes much of the skills and raw talent of people who often get overlooked in today’s world and gives them a platform to make and perform stunning theatre alongside actors who don’t have disabilities.

Training actors with learning disabilities to perform at a professional level is also at the heart of our mission. We have established the only professional performance training in Wales for actors with learning disabilities: the first Hijinx Academy is in Cardiff and now we are rolling out Academies in other regions of Wales.
brief history
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Hijinx Theatre was established in 1981 by Gaynor Lougher and Richard Berry to take high quality professional theatre to communities who did not have easy access to live performances. Since then we have toured beautifully crafted small scale theatre to arts venues and community halls throughout the UK. In 2006 we started to create shows that cast actors with learning disabilities alongside actors without disabilities, and in the past few years have expanded our knowledge, expertise and practice of working in this inclusive way. We now focus on making stunning inclusive theatre for local, national and international audiences.
selected past productions
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2012 & 2013 The Adventures of Sancho Panza
2011 Old Hands
2010 Into My Own & Ill Met by Moonlight
2009 Chasing Rainbows, Gulliver & Miss Brown to You
2008 Full Circle & The Other Woman
2007 Ruling the Roost & The Long Way Home
2006 Seize the Day & Estella’s Fire
2005 To Have and To Hold & Spinning the Round Table
2004 Into My Own & Paul Robeson Knew My Father
future plans
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A brand new collection of deliciously entertaining one-act theatre pieces by Hijinx Theatre. Perfectly encapsulating Hijinx’s inclusive ethos, the Pods are performed by integrated casts of actors with and without learning disabilities, who together offer you a rare kind of theatre.

Snooks Brothers Bank: featuring Denni Dennis and Martin Vick, the original Snooks Brothers show has already toured extensively in Europe.
Snooks Brothers Aquatic: the Snooks Brothers return in a disruptive aquatic comedy. Playing at Glastonbury 2014.
The Waiting Room: starring Welsh performance duo Mr & Mrs Clark, and Daniel Mannings
Snoutology for Beginners: a topsy-turvy seminar for humans by dogs on how to use your snout!
Flossie & Jet: walkabout mask performance following two sisters of faded grandeur who are looking for a new home.

For information on how to book the Pods or to find a performance near you check out our website –

Unity Festival 2015
The Unity Festival is now seven years old! Since 2008 it has grown to become one of Europe’s largest international inclusive arts festivals. Each year we curate and host the event at our partner venues which include Wales Millennium Centre and Sherman Cymru, bringing some of the best examples of inclusive arts from all over the world to Cardiff.
Unity showcases professional and community programmes of theatre, dance, music, family shows, comedy and offers workshops for you to participate in.
We see the festival as vital in changing perceptions of disability, by presenting a varied programme of inclusive and disability arts which can be appreciated by all audiences simply because it is fantastic entertainment of the highest quality.
In order to take Unity to the next level we have decided to take a break from the festival in 2014. This will enable us to create an 18 month planning cycle for every festival, allowing us to come back bigger and better in 2015 and beyond. We still have plenty of exciting plans for Summer 2014 so keep an eye on the Unity webpage for all the latest news, as well as announcements on Unity Festival 2015 –

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