A critically acclaimed disabled writer and theatre director loves Teesside so much that she’s encouraging people to join together and celebrate the fantastic community spirit of the area too.
Saltburn-based Vici Wreford Sinnott is organising an all-day Spirit Of Teesside celebration at Stockton’s ARC on Wednesday 26th September – and is offering free exhibition space and stalls to any local community, disability, caring, educational, health, creative and voluntary sector groups to showcase the best of what they offer to the local community on a day-to-day basis.
An exciting day will also include two performances of ‘Occupation’ – a brand new play by disabled writer Pauline Heath, directed by Vici.
‘Occupation’ focusses on a disability rally, where people who normally feel too isolated to speak out have gathered together to draw attention to real stories of disabled people today – and, rather than pay a fixed ticket price in advance, people are free to pay whatever they decide, as much or as little as they can afford, after seeing the play for themselves.
“I love Teesside,” said Vici. “I’ve lived here for 15 years now and, on coming here after living in Dublin for four years, I knew I was ‘home’. The creativity and resourcefulness of the people is wonderful. There is a truly rich culture here, no matter how the national media often try to portray us.”
For further information, and to reserve seats for ‘Occupation’, head to arconline.co.uk. Local community and voluntary groups can book free stalls in advance by emailing Jenni Salkeld at [email protected] or calling 01642 525186.