Company Founder moves on to freelance projects after 3 decades at inclusive theatre company, Hijinx
After 30 years of dedicated service to Hijinx, championing the cause of inclusivity and training for actors with disabilities, Gaynor Lougher will be leaving the company at the end of March to pursue a freelance career as director, actor and workshop facilitator.
In 1981, Gaynor Lougher and Richard Berry came together to create a two-hander show called The Intergalactic Bargain Basement. Everything fitted into a large trunk (including Gaynor at the beginning of the show!) and into an estate car in which they toured. Little did they realise at the time that this would grow to Hijinx building a huge reputation for relevant and exciting theatre that toured Wales and England, and beyond. From this the company has continued to develop, with an international reputation as an inclusive theatre company.
For over 30 years, Gaynor has been an integral part of Hijinx’s growth, creating stunning performances by actors with and without learning disabilities. Her achievements were recognised in 2014 when she and Richard Berry were presented with the Special Recognition Award at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards as the founder members of Hijinx.
Gaynor is now looking to the future, “Hijinx has been a huge part of my life where I have worked with fantastic, talented and inspiring people and now I look forward to stepping into the unknown, exciting world as a freelancer, hungry for new challenges.”
Odyssey, Hijinx’s inclusive community group which Gaynor set up in 1999, will be hosting a farewell party for Gaynor at the end of March. Numbers are limited so if you would like to join us in wishing Gaynor all the best for the future please contact the Hijinx office on 02920 300331 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.