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UCAN find a special new home

10 December 2009

Drama workshop

The University is to be the new home for UCAN Productions’ regular drama workshops for blind and partially sighted young people.

The award winning Welsh performance arts cooperative, which provides opportunities for the young people to learn about drama and acting along with the technical and artistic aspects of theatre such as lighting and sound, will now be based in the University’s state-of-the-art School of Optometry & Vision Sciences for its weekly workshops.

Jane Latham, Development Manager of UCAN Productions, said: "This is a perfect example of how arts and science can work together, and we are extremely grateful to the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences for allowing us to use their wonderful building. It's a perfect place for us to get together and a wonderful opportunity for our young people to meet and build relationships with the students and visual impairment specialists."

Dr Christine Purslow, Director for Innovation & Engagement at the School, said: "We are really pleased to have these talented young people joining our community in the School. We look forward to a long, supportive partnership and the opportunities for our own budding optometrists to work on some joint theatre projects."

The professional actor / director Bernard Latham and his wife Jane, set up UCAN Productions so that children with visual impairments in Wales could be given access to the arts. The UCAN drama shop will meet every Friday at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

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