The Johnny Barlow Theatre Company
This group was set up some 20 years or so by Johnny himself as a vehicle to help and support people with learning difficulties and mental health issues. One of its missions was to help to bring back confidence and purpose to people whose lives had been compromised by reclusiveness.
Over the years the group has seen many members pass through the doors of Guide Bridge Theatre, where the group meets every Thursday afternoon and there are many of those members who are still with the group today. Listening to those members recently; saying how important the group was to them, was both heart-warming and inspiring and is an excellent tribute to Johnny Barlow’s dedication and work with the group over the years and also to GBT’s involvement and support.
Several months ago now, due to Johnny’s advancing years, he sought help from Sam Cooke, who is the Project Manager of Tameside Arts.
Tameside Arts is a well-established company, which was created some 11 years or so ago by Sam and Johnny. It is a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation, which provides various artistic activities to people with both learning, mental and physical disabilities. Sessions of music, drama, dance and art are provided five days a week Monday-Friday in various locations in Tameside.
This company offer support to the group at Guide Bridge and at present, sessions are being run by Sam Cooke, Sue Radcliffe and Carla Stokes. We are all committed to ensure ‘The Johnny Barlow Theatre Company’ keeps going and flourishes. There have been many shows performed by the group over the years and we want to ensure that this continues.
Anyone is welcome to join the group, who meet at 12.30pm until 2.30pm, Thursdays at Guide Bridge Theatre.
Tameside Arts Ltd
‘Arts for All’
Phone 0161 368 3422