Local students team up with Dr. Who star

Published: 13 Jan 2014 09:300 comments

A BUDDING actor from Bracknell is on a mission to make theatre more accessible to children with disabilities – and he has recruited a former Doctor Who star to help him out.

Jonathan Turner and Louise Jameson

Jonathan Turner, 20, from Jennett’s Park, starred in a mostly improvised show with his South Hill Park Youth Theatre group which children with disabilities attended and responded well to.

The rousing reception, for the untitled show, prompted Mr Turner along with fellow group member Ryan Morris, 17 to turn it into a more structured production, called The Unexpected Heroes.

Mr Morris said: “This show gives opportunities to young people and more experienced people to work collaboratively together to put one a brilliant show for the community.”

Preparation has begun in earnest, including adding more features to appeal to children with learning difficulties, such as lighting and audience participation.

Not a stranger to working with those with disabilities, Mr Turner had previously hosted a workshop for children with special needs at Bracknell’s Kennel Lane School in summer last year where he did some work experience.

Louise Jameson, best known for her role as Leela in Doctor Who and Rosa di Marco in EastEnders, also took part in the workshop.

Ms Jameson is to appear in the new production, playing a leading role as the ‘magic mirror’.

Mr Morris said: “We’ve been adding bits in to make it enjoyable for children with disabilities to go to the theatre, to give them a positive experience.

“Some people with disabilities may find the theatre uncomfortable, especially with young children.

“This should hopefully encourage them to go as there will be lots of things to keep them on their toes.

“It’s something I’m looking to do and continue in the future.” Eager to put on The Unexpected Heroes at a local venue, they are now turning their hand to fundraising and casting to turn the dream into a reality.

If you want to take part, or be a sponsor, contact jonathan2387@yahoo.co.uk

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