Apr 09 2021
The artistic director of Blue Teapot Theatre Company, Petal Pilley, isn’t given to self-pity. It’s just as well, because she and the company, made up of adult actors with a range of intellectual disabilities, have had plenty cause for such emotions since 2020. Last May, Blue Teapot were due to host Crossing the Line, a unique pan-European theatre festival planned for Galway 2020, involving companies with intellectual disabilities (ID theatre groups) from across the EU. It was the first European festival of its type.
Years in the making, the event was just weeks away when the pandemic hit Ireland and everything was cancelled.
Petal laughs as she recalls they’d even had a special ‘Hugging Hub’ planned for the festival headquarters in the City’s Fr Burke Park. The very idea of hugging these days!
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