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CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO FROM OUR 2017 'OVER THE SEA' CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF OUR LATEST WORK IN , , AND PROJECTS 2015 2016 2017 CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO FROM OUR 2016 GIANTS AND MASKS PROJECT! VBMT ARE RESIDENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE PARK THEATRE, FINSBURY PARK Our new program for 2018 - INTERACT: A Programme run once a month at PARK THEATRE focusing on social skills development through music and theatre.
  • WHAT IS THE VBMT?
    The Venus Blazing Music and Theatre Trust was established in 2004 to promote innovative music and theatre projects to new audiences who are not usually exposed to high quality professionally led workshops and performances. With a firm educational and research-based core, the VBMT Trust activities challenge ideas and preconceptions and allow people from usually excluded communities to express their voice and creativity through music and theatre. This mission has more recently focused on young people with learning disabilities as we work on techniques which encourage confidence and greater social engagement and communication in them. The name, Venus Blazing Music and Theatre, is derived from the Trust’s first major touring and education project inspired by composer Deirdre Gribbin’s Violin Concerto entitled ‘Venus Blazing’. This groundbreaking work experimented with using innovative theatrical interventions within a symphony orchestra focusing on creating characters within the ensemble. It served to challenge the accepted classical concert norm and attracted new audiences. Past funders of the VBMT have included the Arts Council of England, the Northern Irish Arts Council, The RVW Trust, the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and the Belfast Community Relations Board.
  • OUR VISION
    To bring those from excluded or isolated communities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, opportunities to help themselves be brought ‘in from the cold.’ Theatre and music are linked closely to traditional foundations for social engagement and integration. Given opportunity, commitment, and access to the highest quality professional practitioners, individuals can learn how to find their own voice through music and stagecraft. Through learned techniques and high quality experiences, skills will be developed to help negotiate school life, work life and friendships. Music in particular can be a powerful bridge for people who find the actual use of language and it’s meaning difficult. The core of the VBMT vision is to help those who are traditionally excluded, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, develop the communication tools to come in from the fringes of society and enable them to place themselves nearer the centre, in whatever field they choose, by giving them the confidence to do so.
  • WHO WE ARE
    The visionary core of the VBMT are Deirdre Gribbin and Lou Stein. BIOGRAPHY - DEIRDRE GRIBBIN BIOGRAPHY - LOU STEIN
MENTORING AND EXPERIENCE We offer mentoring to young adult volunteers. We hold associations with some of the country’s leading theatre specialists, musicians, and conservatoires. We encourage, respect, facilitate friendship skills and so the seeds to develop a passion for sharing music and theatre as a company.
VENUS BLAZING MUSIC AND THEATRE TRUST PERFORMING DIFFERENCE
(C) 2018 VENUS BLAZING MUSIC AND THEATRE TRUST Funded by The John Lyon’s Charity, The Dorcas Trust and Waitrose Community Giving Fund
 Reg. Charity 1107351. Trustees: Alan Edwards, M.T. Rainey, Patricia Martin.