Photo: Trafford Drama Group

We’re launching a new drama group!

Proud and Loud Arts are pleased to announce a new drama group for adults living with disability labels.

Created in partnership with Gorse Hill Studios, an independently-run charity which delivers services from a thriving youth arts centre based in the North of Trafford. The organisation also works with key Local Authorities, Schools and Commissioning Groups to deliver outreach programmes. 

Our new drama group (to be named by its participants) will invite adults living with disability labels and based in Trafford, to develop their careers over the course of a year. 

We will create a group of approx. 15 learners who, led by specialist workshop leaders, will meet weekly for 39 weeks to develop their drama skills. 

What will the group be doing? 

Members work with disability drama specialists to –

  • Learn new techniques in performance 
  • Express your voice 
  • Gain transferable skills 
  • Earn new qualifications (PEARL accreditation from GQAL) 
  • Develop your career 

This programme builds members who can express their views, raise awareness of disability, explore new creative outlets and become leaders.

What is GQAL & the PEARL accreditation? 

GQAL was established in 2003 to provide awards that recognised achievements. Fully accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations, Ofqual, GQAL provides awards that compliment existing academic and competence based programmes. As Proud and Loud Arts is a GQAL learning centre, we’re able to offer training and qualifications including PEARL. 

PEARL stands for Personal Employability, Achievement and Reflection for Learning. The training develops key transferable skills that can be used to progress into further study or employment. These include essential personal, social and communication skills.

How do I get involved?

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our brand new performance group, meet new people, learn new skills and have fun. During this uncertain time with the COVID-19 crisis, we’re moving our discussions and group sessions online in order to have fun, whilst keeping safe.

So, if you’re over 18 years old, based in the Trafford area and living with disability labels, you can express your interest by emailing – 

This new initiative is funded and supported by WEA (adult Learning Within Reach) and The European Social Fund (ESF).