Alternative Voices Theatre Company Limited

About Us

 

Alternative Voices Theatre Company Limited started life in 2014 where our fabulous actors created their first performance at The Midlands Art Centre (M.A.C) Birmingham called 'A day to Remember' and what a day it was. From there we have gone from strength to strength, becoming a professional arts council-funded theatre company in 2018.

Most recently, we created a radio play in April 2020 which aired on Switch radio to approximately 800 listeners, connecting people when they most desperately needed to connect. Our dream is that disabled actors can find work without having to be labeled as disabled artists or disability art makers. We want an autistic actor playing a lead role in a Hollywood film or West End musical without the focus being on their disability but rather the quality of their performance. We want our work to be viewed, equally as valuable as our neurotypical peers.  

Alternative voices passionately believe in empowering adults on the Autism Spectrum to achieve in the world of theatre, and in the outside world, and to use their alternative voices to tell their stories.

Our Aims

 

 

We aim to 1) Put on one show a year with an all Autistic or Neurodiverse cast.

2) Create hard-hitting work which challenges the audience to question exactly what it means to have a human experience. 

3) Empower autistic actors to work within the profession and create quality performances 

4) Develop training workshops to educate healthcare professionals, parents, and anyone who wants to learn how to better collaborate with individuals on the spectrum.   

5) Tour with our work and develop relationships with other companies in the surrounding areas of Derbyshire. 

6) Not to be labeled as disabled or Neurodiverse theatre-makers and performers and show that our work is of good quality and can compete with the neurotypical market.

The Party Animal Radio play excerpt. To hear the full version of this radio play click on the link on our blog page

The party Animal was aired on Switch radio Birmingham on April 6th 2020. The play is about a young boy who is on the Autism spectrum who goes searching for a party animal because he does not realise it is a figure of speech.

Blank Canvas September 7th - 9th 2018

Blank Canvas is coming to Birmingham Hippodrome on Friday 7th September and Sunday 9th September

Book your tickets now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blank-canvas-tickets-48107621190

11. Apr, 2021

A year later, How's everyone doing?

So who'd have thought we'd all still be locked in a year later? We can't believe it has been a year since our radio play 'The Party Animal' aired on switch radio during the initial Lockdown.
I guess this message is just to check in with everyone and see how you all are getting on? My year has been stressful but productive. I finished all of my university coursework and moved into a new house last summer. I am currently concentrating on publishing my new book and I am doing lots of short courses online such as boosting personal resilience and building self confidence.

Self care has become even more important now than it ever was. I have learnt which books and films I enjoy and I have learnt some strategies to help me relax. I love Yoga and aromatherapy oils. Please do share your stories with me and let me know how you are getting on by leaving a comment in the contact me section. Here at Alternative Voices we would love to hear from you. All the best and stay safe. The Alternative Voices Team.

4. Aug, 2017

Applying for funding

Alternative Voices Theatre Company are currently in the process of applying for funding from The Arts Council and Crowd Fund Derby for a new and exciting project.

16. Jun, 2020

Keeping well during Covid 19

Hello all

It has been 12 weeks in Lock down and life as we knew it has dramatically changed. Shops have been closed, theatres and schools and some of us have not seen family members for several weeks. During this time it is important to keep safe and well and I have found that strategies as someone who is neurodiverse may be a little different from the rest of the population so I thought I would share them with you.

1) Routine and structure are imperative. When I stopped setting my morning alarm for 8am and going to bed later at night my internal world was thrown into disarray. I did not know what time it was or day and I lost all sense of time. By going to bed at the same time at night and waking up at the same time each morning depending on how many hours sleep you need you set yourself right for the rest of the day.

2) Focus on the here and now. I am somebody who either lives in the past or the future. I am either still processing traumatic events from the past that I pushed down inside and did not get round to discussing my feelings because I am too busy or I am planning for the future and what I would like to become. The trick is to learn how to just be! Be still and learn that doing stuff is not just about passing time but it is about expressing your creativity in a way that is true to your identity. Take this time to learn new skills or study something you have always wanted to do.

3) I know everyone has jumped on the stay connected band wagon and organised fun on zoom is becoming increasingly more common but the thing to take away from this is that if you feel lonely then you must reach out to someone. A friend you can trust or a supportive family member is all it takes to help you feel right again and if you do not have those things then seek support online in forums of activities you enjoy.

4) Learn what you enjoy and take time for you. Contrary to popular belief and this was a hard one for me. It is not selfish to take time for yourself if you are protecting your body and mind so that you can help others more later down the line. I know many people particularly who work in helping professions who feel guilty if they take a break or turn the focus on themselves. You have to help yourself too, sometimes. Nobody else will.

5) Less time on social media. This has been my life line. Turning off my phone has helped me keep the negativity from the outside world outside. By turning on those channels you are allowing the negativity into your home and your safe space.

6) Exercise and eat healthily. Take advantage of that daily exercise do not just stay in the house. Looking at the same four walls is bad for anybody.

I hope you all stay safe and look after yourselves. We shall see you on the other side.

Recording the Party Animal at Switch Radio Birmingham March 2020

  • Alternative Voices Theatre Company

  • Supported by Open Theatre Company

  • Supported by Arts Council England