Inclusive theatre club invites young thespians to join

PUBLISHED: 10:08 23 July 2016

Members of the Habbit Factory

Members of the Habbit Factory


A friendly and inclusive drama group are inviting children of all abilities to join.

The Habbit Factory, which runs groups in Rainham, Hornchurch and Harold Hill, is starting a fourth factory in Romford.

Artistic director Lee Giles said he wanted to ensure performing arts was open to all.

He said: “We are a very inclusive group.

“We welcome people, up to the age of 17, who may be disabled, it doesn’t matter.

“We wanted to ensure children could perform, without all the extra cost.

“We keep our costs low, to ensure low-income families can attend.

“Membership is £2 a session, and the child doesn’t have to pay if they don’t turn up, as long as they’ve cancelled before.

“Both myself and the choreographer Hannah work in the performing arts professionally, and we know how expensive it can be.

“At our groups, all members learn how to sing, dance and act, and some sign language.”

The group hold an annual performance at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, and the play is created from the members ideas.

Lee said: “We always write the shows based on what our members think it should be - otherwise where’s the fun in performing it?”

The new Romford group will be starting on September 22nd, but three groups currently run in the borough.

Any over-16’s interested in gaining experience volunteering, should email for more information.

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