Having A Ball

Having A Ball

Our time together begins with Having a Ball, a warm, wild and wacky welcome from 100 young people creating a cultural landscape right across the arts within Birmingham Hippodrome’s grand foyer. This is an opportunity to meet and interact with a wide range of young people across the spectrum of learning disability and find out what the arts mean to them.

Here’s what to expect:

AIM present Dream Routine
AIM is an ensemble theatre group for young adults with learning difficulties. Their latest devised production Dream Routine is a visual guide to making your daily morning routine…a little less mundane! AIM have performed outside Redditch’s Palace Theatre on several occasions and were notably cast as extras in the recent Channel 4 drama series ‘No Offence’ in 2014.

Freefall Dance Company from Birmingham Royal Ballet perform original choreography.

Chadsgrove School Choir perform their own choice of uplifting songs. Chadsgrove School is a mixed community day Special School for children ages 2-19 who have a physical disability and/or complex need, with some also having associated learning, sensory or communication difficulties. Members of the School Choir are mostly from Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, although today’s performance is the first for two boys who have recently joined from Key Stage 2.

Will Hurt and the LEVEL Centre present Abstract Playground  
Abstract Playground allows people to create a unique real-time audio-visual composition using as simple and intuitive interface. Abstract Playground has been developed to provide a new way of engaging and developing work with people with severe learning disabilities. It has recently been piloted as part of a project working specifically with young people exploring sound, dyslexia and spacial awareness.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre present a new performance piece in partnership with Mayfield School

Nicky Priest is a stand-up comedian, actor and voice actor, public speaker, and Autism advocate. In his own words, he is "an absolutely batty weirdo who has a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome, which is cool in its own way when you think about because, let's face it: weird is the new normal! That is of course, if normal exists anymore..."

James & Jim's Comedy Company, also known as ventriloquist James Rowney and Little Jim, who have been spreading  joy and laughter to audiences in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and beyond. Last year, the company performed at The Autism Show at NEC Birmingham. James and Little Jim will also perform at Town Hall Birmingham on Sunday 10th April in a brand new Relaxed Concert with the Orchestra of the Swan. 


  • Spectra
  • The Edge
  • Nosey Parkas from One of a Kind Theatre Company and Because We CanCanCan
  • The Pines Special School
  • Sherbourne Fields school
  • Vicki Taylor
  • Rory Baird
  • Ryan Shiel, singer

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