Helensburgh-born play set to tour next month

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A NEW Helensburgh-born play that explores issues around the exclusion of students with learning disabilities from mainstream schools is set to tour in October.

IncludED, directed by actress Libby McArthur, better known as Gina from River City, follows the story of two mothers who fight to ensure their children, who have learning disabilities, have the same opportunities at school. school than other young people.

It follows the two women’s very different experiences as their lives intertwine through their tireless campaign.

Members of Jean’s Bothy Mental Health Center in Helensburgh have been closely involved with the project – which is supported by the ENABLE Scotland charity – since its origins, and influenced the script and helped create the characters.

They worked for almost three years on the project with the play’s writer, Mark MacNicol, after starting with a blank sheet of paper and the question “Who is Jean from Jean’s Bothy?” “.

Although the play’s tour of the west of Scotland begins with a preview night at the Beacon Arts Center in Greenock on Wednesday October 12, it is Helensburgh that will host the first real performance, at Victoria Halls on Saturday October 8.

The play will then visit Dunoon, Oban and Campbeltown before two performances at the Scottish Youth Theater in Glasgow on October 22.

Mark MacNicol said: “We are incredibly thrilled to see our new play, IncludeED, come to life on stage.

“This play addresses serious and important issues around the exclusion of children with learning disabilities from mainstream Scottish schools. We hope this will contribute to the campaign run by ENABLE Scotland.

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