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Lawnmowers Theatre Company


Our Mission Statement
The Members of the Company place themselves alongside the daily struggles faced by people with learning disabilities.  All of our projects are working towards a future, just and equal society.

The company wishes to play its part in honouring and developing the culture of people with learning disabilities and intends to research, explore and develop new ways of working.  The company values and intends to support, places where people with learning disabilities can explore and develop their ideas and help plan and take control of their futures.

Company Aims and Objectives


The Lawnmowers aim to lay solid foundations for people with learning disabilities to participate fully in their own society, shaping their own environment and controlling their own futures.


At this point in the company's history, our overriding objective is to create a sustainable future for our existing projects and our anticipated projects to ensure we are able to continue offering rich and varied cultural training events which provide a valuable community facility to people with learning disabilities.

Starting Up

The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company is a unique company run by and for people with learning disabilities.  We are based in Gateshead in the North-East of England.  The original group formed in 1986 and after years of hard work they chose to set up an independent company.  In January 2001 the Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company, a charitable company limited by guarantee, was established. 

  The company works with groups locally, nationally and internationally and over the last twenty-nine years we have led hundreds of workshops and have researched, devised and toured work, mainly to learning disabled audiences.  We have produced videos, booklets, DVD's, run residencies, summer schools, hosted nightclubs and established an apprenticeship scheme.

Our Space

We have a fully accessible cultural base at Swinburne House which includes, a state of the art dance studio and rehearsal facility, bathroom, shower room and kitchen area. 

Our Projects: 

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