THE JOHNNY BARLOW THEATRE COMPANY
The Johnny Barlow Theatre Company is a group for adults who have experienced mental health issues and/or learning difficulties and use the creation and performance of new music theatre to improve wellbeing and bring about social action.
Using their lived experiences as inspiration, The Johnny Barlow Theatre Company create work that raises awareness, reduces stigma and provides solutions to health and social challenges of our times. We have produced performances and participant led workshops that have toured health and social care conferences and events, hospitals and small theatres.
The group meet every Thursday afternoon at our base, Guide Bridge Theatre in Audenshaw, and have the opportunity to work with a range of artists including actors; set designers; composers; film makers and musicians. You don’t have to be an actor to get involved, just someone who is creative and up for a laugh!
If you’re interested in taking part or finding out more about The Johnny Barlow Theatre Company, please get in touch using the form on the contact us page.
“I’ve gained so much confidence and now I can be who I want to be.”
“It provides me with emotional stability.”
“It empowers people and improves the health and wellbeing of others.”
George Edgley, Pennine Care, NHS Foundation Trust
“We build people, we raise self esteem and when you find something you can share with others, that’s when the drama begins!”
“It was a joyous experience and brought to fruition the vision of Paul & Andy and their expertise in developing a project of this complexity and size.”
Anna Sutton, Pro Vice Chancellor, The University Of Chester
“It will be one of those moments that will stay close to my heart. It was so uplifting and moving as well as being extremely motivational.”
Lindsay Stewart, Assistant Chief Nurse, Tameside Hospital
“Paul and Andy are committed to socially engaged artistic practice. Positive social change is at the heart of their work… they help us experience and consider human nature from perspectives we may not encounter in our everyday lives.”
Nick Ponsillo, Head of The Centre for Creative Learning