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​A quest through Cannon Hill Park for brand new production with mixed community and professional cast

Fri 10 June 2016

A mixed community cast including young people with learning disabilities and professionals including musicians, a physical theatre and dance artist, will perform a brand new immersive production entitled: Seek/Find within Cannon Hill Park and mac birmingham’s outdoor theatre on 17 and 18 June. Audiences young and old will experience a multi-sensory promenade performance, which will use all the senses including taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch, to assist them on a quest to find treasures.

Two months in the making, Seek/Find is the fourth and most ambitious production by Spectra, a performance project for people with learning disabilities that has been developed through a partnership between mac birmingham's Next Generation programme, independent artist Kate DeRight, and Queen Alexandra College. Devised by the cast, using their interests to bring to life a framework that embraces their ideas, Seek/Find introduces a host of intriguing characters, who express humour, insight and creativity as they lead the audience through an extraordinary world, on a search to discover what really matters. With original music, dance and theatre, stunning visuals, aromatic interventions, delicious flavours and just the right amount of gentle audience interaction, Seek/Find will impress as well as delight audiences.

Seek/Find includes a cast of 16 community performers ranging in age from 18-42 years, each vary in terms of their abilities, all play a vital role in the ensemble piece, alongside the four professional performers.

Kate DeRight, Director of Spectra Project said: ’Seek/Find is our most ambitious production to date. We have a larger cast and production team, the natural beauty of Cannon Hill Park and the drama of mac’s outdoor theatre as an incredible set, higher production values and a deeper exploration of the multi-sensory experience. The community actors have grown in confidence and experience throughout the process. Everyone is very excited about the performances and cannot wait to get in front of a live audience. Come rain or shine they’ll be ready to perform!’

A Queen Alexandra College student and Spectra performer added: 'I enjoy working on Seek/Find, as I’ve been able to include my ideas, which makes it exciting and fun. It's also great to make new friends and work together as a team. Working outdoors is different too and has a great atmosphere, which I like. The experience has been amazing! I’ll be nervous before the performance, but at the same time I cannot wait to perform in front of my family and friends.’

Seek/Find takes place within mac and Cannon Hill Park on Fri 17 June, 7pm and Saturday 18 June, 12.30pm and 4pm. Tickets: £8 (£6) available here or by calling mac's Sales and Information desk on 0121 446 3232.

For press enquiries please contact Marcia Springer, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer on 0121 446 3237 or email marcia.springer@macbirmingham.co.uk.

'I enjoy working on Seek/Find, as I’ve been able to include my ideas, which makes it exciting and fun. It's also great to make new friends and work together as a team. Working outdoors is different too and has a great atmosphere, which I like. The experience has been amazing!'

Queen Alexandra College student and Spectra performer

Seek/Find is our most ambitious production to date. We have a larger cast and production team, the natural beauty of Cannon Hill Park and the drama of mac’s outdoor theatre as an incredible set, higher production values and a deeper exploration of the multi-sensory experience. The community actors have grown in confidence and experience throughout the process. Everyone is very excited about the performances and cannot wait to get in front of a live audience. Come rain or shine they’ll be ready to perform!'

​Kate DeRight, Director of Spectra Project