Because We CanCanCan is a project in partnership with Open Theatre Company and Birmingham Hippodrome, supporting the professional skills development of artists with learning disabilities based in Birmingham. The company comprises young people from a wide range of arts practices, including visual artist, acting, stand-up comedy, film-making, physical theatre and music.
The young people are mentored and supported in identifying for themselves areas of development that will support their current talents within the arts sector, and their ability to gain employment in the future. They also receive mentoring in applying for funding, budgeting, marketing, producing and facilitating a project from beginning to end.
Currently, some members are working on a live theatre interactive performance of Hansel and Gretel, and roles within that production include performers, set and costume designers, lighting designers, a producer and director.