Act Up!  Newham

During the Coronavirus crisis, Hannah Facey and the ActUp! Newham theatre company have been producing short films to keep creative and connected. You can see them by clicking on the links below or check out the special webpage

Week 9 ‘Meditation’

Week 8 ‘We love Newham’

Week 7 ‘Changes’

Week 6 no video

Week 5 : the company revisit last year's production 'Don't cry, Eva' 

Week 4 the company continue to celebrate Easter.

Week 3 ‘We’ll meet again’, guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Week 2 a poem by the members on Zoom.

Week 1 a mini documentary on how the members feel about the lockdown.

Act Up! Newham is an inclusive theatre company made up of disabled and non-disabled people who work together to create high quality performances that challenge audiences' perceptions of disability.  Act Up! produces work that reflects the lived experiences, stories and views of its members and most of their productions have been devised by the members.

Act Up! Newham aims to provide opportunities for actors who are overlooked by other theatre companies to have main roles in high quality performances and by doing so proves to others that this is possible.  This includes people with communication difficulties whom people often assume cannot have significant lines in performances.  They work together in innovative ways to adapt their work so that all their actors are able to express themselves in an equal way. They use these differences in communication to enhance their productions.  They have actors with different levels of support needs including actors with high support needs who have found that they are not always welcome in other integrated settings. Read more at

Hannah Facey facilitates the group. She is passionate about inclusion, social justice and equal rights.  She is a Signalong tutor and recently completed a masters in Applied Theatre at RCCSD.  (She is also the adopted goddaughter of our vicar, Sally, who first babysat her when Hannah was just three years old.)