The Marlowes Announce Herts Inclusive Theatre as their 2018 Charity of the Year

The Marlowes shopping centre are excited to announce that Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT) will be their charity partner for 2018.

Every year, the Marlowes shopping centre in Hemel Hempstead select a charity to partner with for ongoing support and fundraising. The partnership this year with Herts Inclusive Theatre is set to help make a real difference to local children and adults and will encourage more people to get involved in performing arts.

Herts Inclusive Theatre is in its 16th year and offers children, young people and adults, 98% of whom have learning and physical disabilities, the opportunity to participate in drama, movement and music in an inclusive and safe environment. Having evolved from several different separate theatre classes around Hertfordshire, HIT aims to break down barriers between mainstream and disabled participants offering real-time, experiential practice, thus providing a ‘Stage for Everyone’.

Cassie Peasnell, Marketing Manager for The Marlowes said, ‘We’ve selected HIT as our charity of the year because of their fantastic work and ethos. Here at The Marlowes we put a lot of emphasis on family and community and believe that HIT share these values too; we look forward working with them to help raise fund and their profile in the community. After meeting them, you can see just how enthusiastic they are and their ideas for our joint events are super exciting.’

Herts Inclusive Theatre offers a vibrant programme of theatre activities, creative projects and exciting performance opportunities for those of all ages and their weekly drama workshops that are now available in Hemel, are designed to engage, stimulate and speak the imagination whilst creating a safe and welcoming environment where local people can learn new skills and make new friends.

Having recently run a successful children’s storytelling event at The Marlowes during the Easter holidays, The Marlowes will be working with HIT to host regular awareness events tying up with the centre’s already existing Kid’s Club

Emma Harrington, Assistant Director at HIT has said ‘We are so excited to be The Marlowes’ Charity of the year. To be recognised by a community shopping centre is fundamental for small charities such as ours, as it helps us to raise our profile within the local community and reach more people that would like to access our inclusive theatre workshops. We have recently started a children and youth theatre group at The Old Town Hall, Hemel, on a Saturday morning and we hope The Marlowes can help us involve some new participants!’

The Marlowes Kid’s Club runs every Wednesday during the school holidays, offering local children the chance to get involved in free family friendly activities. Through their partnership with HIT, The Marlowes hope to expand on their event offering and ensure the charity is supported and represented in the Hemel Hempstead area.

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