“Lockdown never ends for us!’ Down’s Syndrome theatre actors reveal their plight in powerful video

Talking directly to the camera the actors from The Theatre 21 in Warsaw read comments found on social media about how the lockdown has curtailed such delights for ‘normal’ people as travel to exotic destinations, trips to music festivals and parties. Theatre 21

A Warsaw theatre has made a video featuring actors with Down’s syndrome to highlight the fact that for some people with disabilities the lockdown will “never end”.

The actors come from The Theatre 21, an initiative for people with autism and Down’s syndrome that helps develop their passion for acting while also, according to a press release, “teaching others about the principles of true diversity and inclusiveness.”

One actor reads a comment from someone bemoaning the closure of “escort agencies”.Theatre 21

The video forms part of a campaign to raise money for the Centre of Inclusive Art in Warsaw, which provides people with disabilities a place where they can express themselves through art.

Talking directly to the camera the actors read comments found on social media about how the lockdown has curtailed such delights as travel to exotic destinations, trips to music festivals and parties.

Another says that “for the first time in 12 years there is no Open’er festival”.Theatre 21

One actor reads a comment bemoaning the closure of “escort agencies” while another says that “for the first time in 12 years there is no Open’er festival”.

But the video adds that “when the lockdown is over our actors still won’t be able to get a driving licence, a bank account or to get married.”

“Entertainment has become nowadays so easily accessible that we forget to realise how privileged we are to have it,” added the press release.

The actors come from The Theatre 21, an initiative for people with autism and Down’s syndrome that helps develop their passion for acting and the video forms part of a campaign to raise money for the Centre of Inclusive Art in Warsaw.Theatre 21

“Unfortunately people with disabilities will still be excluded from numerous social activities even when lockdown ceases.

“The actors may not want to fly to Dubai but they want to break the stigma,” it adds. “They want to have a place where they will be able to prove their talents by means of acting.” 

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