23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 10:11

      The Lowry Christmas Appeal to help children with Autism in Salford


      SALFORD’S Lowry Theatre is raising funds and awareness for a very special cause this Christmas- for Salfordian children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

      The arts and entertainment centre kicked off the fundraising last night at its 2014 Salford debut of Slava’s Snowshow and will be hosting weekly creative workshops for children with Autism from local schools.

      Children with Autism from Springwood Primary School in Swinton and teenagers at New Park High School in Eccles will be treated to practical workshops when professional dancers, artists and writers visit their respective schools. The older pupils will then get the opportunity to watch The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at The Lowry.

      Meanwhile, fundraising will continue through bucket collections at all four of the Theatre’s Christmas shows: Peter Pan Goes Wrong, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Slava’s Show and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, from December 9 to the January 10.

      All four of the festive plays have had a role in inspiring the project, with each show involving characters who see the world differently, as people on the Autism spectrum often do, leading to difficulties with understanding and processing language due to experiencing over or under sensitivity to various senses or light and colours.


      The workshops will cumulate into producing something substantial and creative through a yearlong project that very much depends on the groups in the classes and their preferences, meaning anything from a play, book, theatre set or costumes could be produced.

      Development Executive at The Lowry, Bex Shindler said: “The project will offer a creative way for the children to explore the world around them, develop their imagination and enhance their learning.”

      The Lowry is excited to be taking the fundraising into the interactive realm of social media asking the public- “How did you see the world when you were a child?” and “How do you see the world now?”

      The Lowry is a registered charity (no. 1053962) and all funds raised will support this project helping local young people with Autism Spectrum Conditions.

      With 85% of funds for last year’s cause raised through bucket collections at shows, The Lowry are keen to stress that the public can also donate by Texting  LWRY02 £3 or the amount they wish to give to 70070.

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      By Jayna Patel
      (Image sourced by The Lowry)