COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: John Grooms set to stage school play on disability issues

Disability charity John Grooms has hired actors with physical and sensory impairments to perform a play in schools to convey the problems faced by pupils with disabilities.

The Trouble With Richard tells the story of a boy with physical disabilities during his first days at a mainstream school. Graeae, a professional theatre company, will produce the show for secondary school students in London, Bristol and Cardiff.

The actors will interact with the audience by asking them to decide the outcome of various scenes.

"For many children our visit will be their first direct contact with both disability and theatre," said Jamie Beddard, associate director at Graeae. "Theatre allows issues surrounding citizenship, equality and adolescence to be dealt with in unique and informative ways."

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