www.target-arts.org) is a not-for-profit theatre initiative designed to make the performing arts more available to young people from the Greater Gwent area, and its surroundings. TARGET has as its primary activity the provision of high quality, accessible, training and teaching. It has, since its inception, had a supplementary aim of providing support for local charities through the use of the talents of project participants. Theatre Arts: Get Involved liaises with established practitioners, high-profile performers, and reputable companies to provide a variation of unique opportunities for young people to express themselves. The performing arts allows participants to lead a healthy lifestyle, develop confidence and self esteem, and to forge lifelong friendships. All of these are vital skills in modern society.
Friendship is Fab, a community cohesion fundraiser in aid of Chepstow Mencap, took place on Thursday 21st July 2011, 6-8pm, at the Chepstow Drill Hall. The event featured fantastic performances from Offa’s Mead Primary School, solo acts Luke Hart and Isabel Stead, and Newport community youth choir Côr Casnewydd. The show closed with Chepstow Mencap’s service users performing new, devised material, and headlining under their adopted name The Berkeley Players.
Chepstow Mencap’s Berkley Centre provides a safe place for its users to socialise and experience, and participate in, a number of activities including art, photography, sport, swimming, walking and performing arts. Many of Chepstow Mencap’s adult service users have serious and complex disabilities, have been negatively affected by social prejudice, and have never performed in public before, making their achievents all the more impressive. The grand total raised on the night was a stunning £481.
Alex Dawson, Executive Director of TARGET said “the ethos of this event was Friendship is Fab! and this certainly came across on the night. From the start of the show, everyone had a smile on their faces and I was delighted to see how well the performers fared. I was particularly the standing ovation given to The Berkeley Players. I'm thrilled with the success of the event, and to raise such a fantastic sum of money is the icing on the cake!"
Pam Ellis, Business Manager for Chepstow Mencap, said “we are very grateful to the Hoggin’ the Bridge bikers; their generous donation has enabled Chepstow Mencap to fund this project. Also it was very heartening to see so many people turn up for the performance. The atmosphere during the evening was fantastic."
For information on the work of Chepstow Mencap and The Berkeley Centre please or contact Pam Ellis on 01291 623216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about this project, or Theatre Arts: Get Involved, please contact Alex Dawson on 07531 150 199 or email email@example.com
For more information on Chepstow Mencap please visit www.chepstowmencap.btik.com. For more information on TARGET please visit www.target-arts.org