Every week Open Arts provides 8 classes to independant users.
Click on the links below to learn more about the weekly classes we run.
Open Arts loves to bring our groups together and work on one large collaborative piece. Here are some of the projects we’ve worked on over the years.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This was an ambitious performance with multiple art forms and involving a cast of 40 people, mostly disabled people. There has never been such a production of Shakespeare in Northern Ireland with such varied art forms (drama, dance, choral and gamelan) with the range of disabilities among the performers: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health illness. It was first performed in April 2019, for two successive nights in the MAC Theatre, Belfast. You can watch hightlights of the show in the YouTube video below.
The Spellbound Boy
In 2016 we produced an adaptation of Ravel’s Opera L’enfant et les sortilege. With a cast of over 50 of our weekly participants it brought together our Monday Players drama group, Luminous Soul dance, Open Arts Community Choir, gamelan performance group and participants from our creative writing class who recited their own poetry. Our visual art classes also worked on props and costumes for the show.
It was first performed in Belvoir Players Theatre, Belfast in November 2016 and again at The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast in March 2017.
You can watch the show highlights in the YouTube video below.