Full Circle Arts is pleased to announce that they have offered ten bursaries of a maximum of £1000 to emerging disabled artists or disabled led arts groups. Here Lynn Williams tells us a bit about herself and what the bursary will be used for:
“My name is Lynn Williams and I have been with Mind the Gap for a long time. I have been involved in many of their shows including The Pied Piper (2001) and The Emperors New Clothes (2003). I took a few years out from Mind the Gap, during which time I won a gold medal for Powerlifting at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens. I was also chosen to be a torchbearer in Goole for the 2012 Olympics. I returned to Mind the Gap in 2014 and have been an Ambassador for the company ever since.
I’m thrilled to receive £1,000 funding from Full Circle Arts to build comedy skills to help me create my my own two woman show with my friend Susan Middleton called Williams & Middleton. The show will be about two larger ladies with a learning disability. I was inspired to create the show by the wonderful, fun and cheeky postcards by artist Beryl Cook. The show will be funny and slapstick and audiences will hopefully enjoy watching the relationship between the two women.
I am using the funding to work with actors Chris & Rio Hannon to develop my skills in comedy. Chris is well known as a panto dame and he is teaching me and Susan how to create larger than life characters.
This is an idea I have been thinking about for a while and I’m so excited to be working towards creating my own show.”