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Watch: Actors with Down syndrome challenge stereotypes with Shakespeare performance

The group spoke to Channel 4 during rehearsals at London’s Globe Theatre.

A GROUP OF young actors with Down syndrome are setting out to challenge perceptions about their disability through theatre.

The group from Blue Apple Theatre, a theatre company which promotes actors with learning disabilities, have drawn praise for their performance of Shakespeare extracts at the Globe Theatre in London earlier this month.

During rehearsals, they took time to talk to Channel 4 about their craft.

Source: Channel 4 News/YouTube

Actor Laurie told the broadcaster: “I think people out there in the world need to see that people are capable of doing Shakespeare, even with a learning disability like we’ve got.”

For his colleague James, acting is about tackling the inequality that sees him being “looked at like an outsider that can’t really do anything”.

“No, that’s not the case,” he said.

Unless you’re given a fair chance then they will not know what you, you the individual, can do.

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