The 15th of August 2015 marked our tenth anniversary of the launch of UCAN Productions.
To celebrate, we premiered ‘Palais de Dance’, a specially commissioned play, written in verse and set just after the end of the Second World War. We looked back, looked forwarded and shared memories given to us by people who were there.
Our production brought together a cast of nineteen, a UCAN record, seventeen of whom where either blind or partially sighted, among the cast where three actors from our American partners Cre Outreach and Theatre by the Blind from Los Angeles. UCAN was thrilled to have them join the cast
Written by Rod Arthur and Directed by Bernie Latham, ‘Palais de Dance’ weaved together music, movement, dance, drama and songs of the time to tell a big story. The verbatim stories used in ‘Palais de Dance’ were collected and recorded by the young people of UCAN from members of Cardiff Institute for the Blind. A massive thank you and congratulations to everyone involved.
Here’s to the next ten years!
Photographs © of Luke Webster & Tabitha Deas