New funding for Hijinx!

Hijinx would like to say a huge thank you to our new supporters Paul Hamlyn Foundation. PHF have kindly issued us a grant of £60,000 over two years as one of their Explore and Test Grants. The new project, titled ‘The End of Box Ticking? Towards Genuine Inclusivity’ will allow us to promote our actors to Film, TV and theatre professionals.

At Hijinx we have been training learning disabled actors since 2012, when the first Academy opened in Cardiff. We now have academies across Wales, working with 70+ students. It is our vision to see a society where learning disabled people have equal opportunities, and it is commonplace to have learning disabled actors on our screens, stages and airways. As such, the promotion and management of our learning disabled actors seems to be a natural progression in our mission to make these changes. The huge success of our recent production ‘Meet Fred’ has been exemplary in showcasing the abilities of our fantastic troupe of actors.

Clare Williams, Chief Executive of Hijinx said: “Hijinx are delighted to be supported by PHF to undertake research into the preparedness of the sector to cast inclusively. We are very grateful that we have been given this opportunity to undertake this work.”

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