The Lawnmowers Independent theatre company

Misson and activities:

Since 1986 The Lawnmowers has been a vibrant company run by and for people with learning difficulties. The Lawnmowers employ people with learning difficulties and use performance based shows and workshops to lay the foundations for learning disabled people to participate fully in their own society,shape their lives and achieve their aspirations.

Our non governmental, non-profit, organization works at the national level.

We consider ourselves as part of the international Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement.

Our organization is mainly run, controlled and represented by disabled people.

We have expertise, or are interested in cooperating with other organizations, in the areas of:

We have exprience of working in South America, Canada, U.S. and Europe delivering theatre and drama work. We have expertise in developing legislative theatre, forum theatre and role work. We work mainly in UK and most often are working in our own region, the North East of England. We are currently working on a three year study to look at `Breaking Down Barriers` within the cultural industries and are interested to hear from other learning disabled led organisations about their work and experiences. We also have learning disabled DJ`s who host nightclubs and other events in the community for learning disabled people they are known as The Krocodile Krew. The Liberdade Project is a group of young people with learning difficulties who are being trained in physical theatre with the object of running their own social enterprise, this group is also a Lawnmowers project.

Our traineeships or volunteer positions are open to applicants from abroad.

Contact us:

Contact person:Geraldine Ling
Phone:0191 4789200
Home page:
Address:Swinburne House
Swinburne Street
Tyne and Wear
Tyne and Wear
United Kingdom

This entry added: Thursday 3rd August 2006. (record #836) Changed: Tuesday 25th May 2021. Link checked Sunday 26th November 2023.