Under the Stars is an arts and events charity for people with learning disabilities. We believe in their talent. We believe in their creativity. We believe in them. Through our workshops and events, we work together to unlock people’s potential and change lives.
Our team has been running performing arts workshops since 2010. Packed with high-quality activities, more than 100 people attend our music, dance and drama workshops every week. Our workshops are run by professional musicians, dancers and performing artists and are built around our learners needs, to help develop and nurture their artistic skills and talent.
We work with our learners to create original music, theatre and dance about issues that matter to them. Being part of the creative process gives our artists a vital sense of ownership. It helps them make art that is powerful, surprising and challenges perceptions of what they can achieve.
Amazing work deserves to be seen in amazing places, and we are proud that our learners have been part of fabulous performances at many high profile events; including the Tramlines Music Festival, The Special Olympics, and The Crucible Theatre.
As well as running workshops, Under the Stars puts on a ‘proper’nightclub six times a year at the iconic Leadmill for people with learning disabilities. Our club night is where our work began, and we have been running club nights for over ten years.
Each event more than 400 clubbers join us for a fantastic night. All of our DJs have a learning disability after being trained how to DJ in our music workshops. Under the Stars DJs really know how to get the party going and create sets to keep the dance floor full dancing all night.
Our events are just like any other nightclub, but we do not use flashing lights. The music is great. The atmosphere is friendly and super upbeat and people leave having had a brilliant time with their friends.
We run nightclubs and events for people with learning disabilities across South Yorkshire. Our Dj’s have learning disabilities as do our performers and most of the volunteers. We put on nights for people with learning disabilities and their friends and are a ‘proper night out’. Volunteers help to make the nights run smoothly and to make sure people are safe and happy.