About Equal People

Equal People Performing Arts is a fully inclusive performing arts studio centre serving South East Essex.
It has created a safe and dignified space where disabled and non-disabled children and adults can work together in all aspects of the performing arts.

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The charity was created in a disused mushroom shed in 2006 by the founder of Mushroom Theatre Company Ltd (MTC), Mrs Penni Bubb. The intention was to create a fully inclusive dance, drama and theatre space in South East Essex where children and adults with and without additional needs could come together to enjoy the performing arts as equals.
It is extremely unusual for an organisation to work in this completely integrated way. Equal People Performing Arts strives to pioneer this approach across a wide age and ability range.
The charity aims to advance fully inclusive education in the Performing Arts for all children, young people and adults both disabled and non-disabled or who are disadvantaged. It also provides workshops and activities in the Performing Arts in order to assist with their integration into the wider community.
In Summer 2014 after raising in excess of £130,000 Equal People Performing Arts secured a long term lease on its first ever premises in the heart of Rayleigh. In January 2015 after extensive renovation work, the charity, along with MTC as the charity’s lead provider, moved in.
Since January 2015 Equal People Performing Arts has provided the local community with two fully accessible studios. Moving forward we are hoping to extend the use of the buildings space by developing further studios at the rear of the property.
At Equal People Performing Arts learners work together, regardless of ability, in unique and creative ways; enjoying the social and therapeutic benefits of drama, dance, musical theatre and theatre skills in a safe and dignified setting that is always welcoming, friendly and fun.
Equal People is a registered charity, number 1116649.
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