Crann is a pioneering Irish charity located in Cork, which provides life-long, life-changing solutions for children, adults and families living with neuro-physical disabilities.
Crann has been running Breaking Barriers since 2018 as a fun, collaborative theatre group that supports children, teenagers and adults with neuro-physical disabilities to develop their confidence and communication skills through drama. Over the past five years almost 120 children, teenagers and adults with neuro-physical disability have had the chance of equal inclusion in the arts through participation in Breaking Barriers.
Here is participant Hannah O’Sullivan’s experience of Youth Theatre in her own words:
“Hello everyone! Today I would like to give you an insight into my experience of the Crann Centre’s Breaking Barriers Theatre Group. In this article my aim is to shine a light on how the weekly creative and fun-filled classes have had a positive impact on my life.
I first joined Breaking Barriers in mid-2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time, we had classes twice a week, on a Tuesday and Thursday, and even though the classes had to be held online using the Zoom platform, I was over the moon to be given the opportunity to join the group on a regular basis. I had heard about the Breaking Barriers Theatre Group from fellow friends of whom were involved in the group and always wished I could be a part of the fun, to experience the joy of acting and creative expression but it was too difficult to source the time and commitment, due to living in a rural area and the long distance travelling involved.”
Hannah O'Sullivan, Breaking Barriers member
"The more I got involved in the drama classes, the more I felt motivated and optimistic to have fun and just ‘go for it’"