On Wednesday 27th September we were delighted to host a group of Lithuanian learners who were working with Reading University to expand their knowledge of inclusive practice. As a leading example of this way of working, Face Front were approached to play host to the visitors and share insights into our creative practice and work.
After introductions and a brief presentation from Face Front’s Ray Downing on the history and work of Face Front, delegates were then taken to participate in Broken Silence’s weekly drama session where they have started to explore ideas for their next show.
Following on from our time with the Lithuanian group, we received this lovely email from Nadin – the leader and translator to say…
“… a big thank you for the amazing visit we had at Face Front and our time with the Broken Silence group. It was truly something special for all of us.
Our time at Face Front left us all feeling incredibly moved and inspired. Your commitment to making theatre accessible and your dedication to using it as a tool to improve the lives of individuals is simply fantastic. The work you’re doing to address social injustice and promote emotional well-being through theatre is both important and impactful.
Meeting the members of ‘Broken Silence’ was a highlight of our visit. Their resilience and creativity, despite the challenges, were truly awe-inspiring and being a part of this group was a privilege.
Ray, your leadership and passion are contagious. You’ve created a wonderful and supportive space for the group, and it’s clear how much they admire and respect you. We feel lucky to have had the chance to meet you and your incredible group of people.
Our visit has left us eager to explore possible collaborations in the future. The alignment between Face Front’s mission and our own goals is exciting, and we’re excited about the potential to make an even greater impact together.
I’ll be in touch soon to discuss how we can take the next steps in exploring these collaborative opportunities. Also, I forwarded your bank details to Lithuania so I am hoping that they will make donations soon!
Thanks once again for your warm welcome and the fantastic work you and your team do!”
It was a joy to host the group and we appreciated the enthusiasm and willingness to throw themselves in to the practical exploration of our work. We very much look forward to developing this relationship more in the future.