About Friday Club
‘Friday Club’ is our longest standing activity - art and drama for adults with disabilities and mental health challenges.
At the heart of Friday club is social inclusion and ownership. All practitioners are trained in a wide range of wellbeing techniques designed to reduce stress through creative learning. The work is people-centred and member-led. Participants choose the topics and projects, workshop the ideas and devise the plays, whilst in art they design and built the set and contribute toward the artistic side of the marketing. Each participant has individual as well as collective targets which span both social and artistic aspiration.
Friday Club works in collaboration with our community partners. For example Include Choir attend our shows and then lead a singing and signing session at the post-show parties. Elizabeth Court help to make the props and then come to see them being used in the show. Sunnydown and Hillcroft Schools take part in the performances.
The benefits of being part of Friday Club as identified by our wonderful members:
• Meeting people, building friendship groups and forming support initiatives
• Building skills, achieving potential through creative learning
• Feeling empowered and confident
• Developing an interest in the community
• Feeling part of something worthwhile
• Feeling less anxious, more positive and more motivated
• New members are always made very welcome.
Friday Club runs 50 weeks a year
But the support and the additional activities continue through the week. Friday Club members are invited to take part in all the weekly and one-off sessions and events that come under the umbrella of Prospero’s Creative and Wellbeing Hub.
Contact Beth via email for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Current production – The Return of Jafar
Written by Friday Club member Nigel Simmonds
A new adaptation of the classic tale from the Arabian Nights of Aladdin and his enemy Jafar, in true Prospero ensemble large-cast style.
To be performed in December 2023.
Past productions include:
A Midsummer Nights dream
The Wizard of Oz
The Lion King
What our Members Say:
"I enjoy being creative in Friday Club, it’s fun to come up with new ideas".
"I enjoy Friday Club zooms to work things out together"
"I like being with my friends on the zooms. Friday Club friends support me, art zooms relax me, mindfulness zooms help me with my feelings".
“I enjoy being with everybody on the Friday Club zoom and seeing the members so engaged.”