The Mechanicals and The Fairies, with support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund

We are delighted to announce that UCAN Productions has been awarded funding through the 2013 BBC Performing Arts Fund community theatre scheme.  There are 58 community theatre winners across the UK and we are one of the four community theatre organisations in Wales to be awarded funding.

UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends.  At UCAN we have been awarded funding to develop a classic script led performance of The Mechanicals and The Fairies; an accessible part adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This unique script led piece of theatre will be an exciting new challenge for our members and the final performance will take place in the Summer of 2014 as the centerpiece of our annual UCAN Perform Festival.

Miriam O’Keeffe, Director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, said: “I think the arts are really important, socially. As a society it is something that can bring people together.  We support community groups and emerging talent. The money is made available through phone voting on BBC One entertainment shows, and we have an open applications process. This year we are supporting 19 theatre Fellows and 58 community theatre projects with over £430,000 spread right across the UK. 78% of those supported are based outside of London.  It’s been an amazing year, looking at the breadth of theatre happening around the country.”

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the BBC Performing Arts Fund for supporting us!

To find out more about the BBC Performing Arts Fund and the other PAF winners, please go to: