The Lawnmowers Company
The Lawnmowers is a producing theatre-arts company run by and for people with learning difficulties and operating in Gateshead and the surrounding regions. The original actors formed in 1986 as a community group and in 2000, set up and developed The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company to try to achieve community cohesion. The Company’s track record is very impressive and includes working with our members to co-produce 14 full shows, hundreds of performances and drama and theatre workshops, numerous films, TV appearances, working with legislators and policy makers and the production of DVD’s, accessible information and booklets.
The Lawnmowers is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). NPO’s are described by Arts Council England as setting an example, delivering work of high artistic quality and taking a civic leadership role in the community.
Through growth over the last 20 years, The Lawnmowers now offers projects including theatre, singing, DJ and technical training, theatre and theatre outreach, dance, music and percussion to people with learning difficulties, including youth groups.
Our members flourish at The Lawnmowers and perform at various venues regionally, nationally and occasionally internationally. The artistic programmes aim to increase confidence, self-esteem and aid wellbeing for participants and communicate a positive message to their community and audiences about the contribution people with learning difficulties can make to wider society. Since 2000, The Lawnmowers has worked directly with core member artists with learning difficulties daily, brought our message to over 147,000 beneficiaries, audiences and external participants and worked in partnership or given assistance to over hundreds of oganisations and related bodies.