New Years Honour

Congratulations to Jane Latham

We were delighted to hear that Jane Latham of UCAN Productions has been awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Years Honours list. UCAN Productions is a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends that Jane has co-ordinated tirelessly for many years. Jane’s passion for supporting blind and visually impaired young people to enable them to live fulfilling creative lives can be seen with the success so many members of UCAN have achieved.  Under Jane’s determined, generous and talented hand young people across Wales have flourished. DAC have partnered with UCAN on several projects so have seen first hand the dedication both Jane and her husband Bernie have committed to this brilliant company. It is reassuring that all their wonderful hard work has been recognised and an award has been given to such a deserving person and organisation, congratulations.

UCAN Productions

Good Company

A UCAN Production

Supported by Arts Council of Wales and Community Trade Union and developed from The Art of Kindness Project.


Saturday September 2nd at 7.30pm

Sherman Theatre

Senghennydd Rd, Cardiff CF24 4YE


Nidum Art Centre

Wednesday 6th September at  7.30pm

Neath Port Talbot College, Dwr-Y-Felin Rd, Neath SA10 7RF


Tickets are free and are issued on a first come first served emailing [email protected] or calling 02920870554 or 07812051815


GOOD COMPANY is an innovative and original theatre performance, which examines the relationship between, acts of kindness and acts that cause pain.  Developed from The Art Of Kindness Project, this exciting piece of theatre has been created from 30 real life recorded interviews. These have been bravely provided both by those who have experienced every day discrimination and disability hate crime and those who have experienced acts of kindness that have made a difference to their lives.


Taking a unique approach, UCAN Members, as ‘Playmakers’,  used audio recordings of people’s real stories and their actual words to craft an audio, rather than a written, play text. This is the organisation’s first ever audio script and the production explores and plays with sound and the spoken word. Supported by professional playwright and deviser Dinos Aristidou and Artistic Director Bernie Latham, contributors and playmakers explore verbatim theatre conventions and have developed an approach to playmaking and performance that is accessible.


The project has been developed in response to a direct request from the Community Trade Union and in particular the Welsh members from the National League of Blind and Disabled (NLBD) and is supported by The Arts Council of Wales


UCAN Production is a performance arts organisation for blind and partially sighted young people and their friends

UCAN Create – Creative Masterclasses for young people

UCAN-logo_cmykUCAN Create – An exciting collaborative project between UCAN Productions and yello brick, which aims to inspire and encourage young people to create and produce their own unique artistic work.

The next workshop will be on Friday the 4th of December, 5:30-7:30 at Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Maindy Road

To apply and book your place or for further information
Call: 02920 870554
Email: [email protected]


UCAN Productions, an arts organisation for blind and visually impaired young people are partnering with yello brick, a company that create unusual events in everyday spaces, to run a series of masterclasses for professional development within the arts. UCAN Create is offering young people between the ages of 16 – 26 the opportunity to create, produce and showcase their own work. Through a series of masterclasses, participants will be able to learn new skills and techniques from a wide variety of arts practitioners who are working at the cutting edge of their profession. From new digital practices to theatre in unusual spaces, the programme will offer new ways of thinking creatively about how to make work. In addition, UCAN Create will provide practical advice on how to progress into making a career within the arts in Wales and the UK.

The project will run until July 2016 and the end of the project will see a celebration of the work created during the programme at the UCAN Productions Festival at the Wales Millennium Centre, on July 26th.
Mared Jarman, a Member of UCAN Productions commented; “We want to give young people the freedom and opportunity to explore their creativity in a safe environment and showcase it to the public.” Some of the themes that will be explored during the master classes will be, game design and story worlds, sound based experiences, scent based experiences, multi sensory performance, multi narrative worlds, digital work and challenging established formats in Wales.

UCAN Create is funded by the Arts Council of Wales
Info on Masterclass One:
Making Games in Our City Scapes with yello brick
The UCAN Create Masterclasses will kick off with partners yello brick running a workshop on how to make physical games in everyday spaces. This practical session will cover everything from the creative conception to practical implementation of making our city’s more playful.

– Background on UCAN Productions
– UCAN Productions is an award winning performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends between the ages of 7 and 25. Based in Cardiff, UCAN (Unique Creative Arts Network) works across the UK and exists to prove that visual impairment is no barrier to success. Programmes help to develop physical and vocal confidence, raise aspirations and promote individual abilities. The organisation was established in 2005 by professional actor/director Bernie Latham and his wife Jane to enable blind and partially sighted young people in the UK to have access to the arts. The couple were inspired to create the organisation after volunteering for a blind school in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In the beginning, UCAN worked with twelve visually impaired young people in Cardiff and now has a growing membership of over 600 blind and partially sighted young people throughout the UK. UCAN works in partnership with many organisations including RNIB Cymru, Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Disability Arts Cymru and Action for Blind People. In 2012 Jane Latham was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship, which has allowed the organisation to build links with similar organisations in the United States. The organisation is managed by a highly committed and professional board of Directors and UCAN Productions’ Young People’s Steering Committee (YPSC), which has nine members made up from the original first group from 2005.

– Background on yello brick
yello brick is a company that builds engaging and participatory experiences for brands and organisations. Their work is playful, curious, challenging and disruptive. They help brands and organisations connect with audiences on the deepest level. They take inspiration from the stories they have to tell and create tailor made experiences that take their audiences on a journey, placing them at the centre of the story. In the past they have made an epic urban adventure game in the streets of Cardiff, a site specific storytelling app for cycle routes in Wales and an online interactive event for new opera audiences. So far they have worked with Welsh National Opera, Sustrans Cymru, National Library of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff University, TaikaBox, Design Commission for Wales, The Welsh Language Commission and National Theatre Wales. Over the last few years highlights have included winning the BAFTA Games Commended multiplatform game REVERIE and interactive digital experience I Am Tudor for Welsh National Opera.

– UCAN Lead Information
– UCAN Create is the next phase of the workshop leader training course UCAN Lead. UCAN Lead was a yearlong drama workshop leader training programme, which was led by professional expert Dinos Aristidou and came to an end in March 2013. The UCAN Lead Level 1 programme equipped participants with the skills to become workshop leaders and we are delighted to say that a number of the participants have since gone on to be employed as workshop leaders. UCAN Lead was all about becoming a good workshop leader and facilitator. UCAN Create is all about creating, producing and showcasing your own work.
• Interviews, founder members Mared Jarman,21 and Megan John, 23 both are registered blind and have gone through the UCAN Lead process and now work UCAN Productions. Both are fluent in Welsh and English.
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