Learning-disability theatre company, Lung Ha reaches public voting stage of National Lottery Awards


Lung Ha Theatre Company is appealing for local votes as it strives for nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards. The project beat off stiff competition from over 600 organisations to reach the public voting stage in this year’s National Lottery Awards – the annual search for the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

Promotional black and white photograph of Lung Ha theatre's, The Never Ending Conga, featuring actor Robin Lamb in a suit and party hat. He has a cocktail in one hand.

Lung Ha’s 1996 production ‘The Never Ending Conga’. Photograph: Marc Marnie, (c) Lung Ha Theatre.

Edinburgh-based Lung Ha Theatre Company is competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Arts category. Winners of the seven National Lottery Awards categories will each get a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project, an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy and attend a star-studded glittering Awards ceremony in London, broadcast on BBC One in September.

Lung Ha Theatre Company creates professional productions with performers who have learning disabilities. The Company has up to 25 performers, with two productions created each year, and auditions on an annual basis.  Lung Ha Theatre Company creates dynamic and challenging work that is the equal of more “mainstream” creative output.

Callum Madge, Creative Administrator of Lung Ha Theatre Company, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Although Lung Ha Theatre Company is a small organisation, the team works incredibly hard (especially the company of talented performers) to create, and perform, theatre of the highest quality; and it is wonderful to feel supported in this by The National Lottery. Their offer of funding made an invaluable contribution to our 2015 production, Thingummy Bob. It’s wonderful for us as a Scottish company working with disabled performers to achieve recognition as to how important our work is and we hope as many people as possible will vote for us.”

TV star and actor John Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the sixth time this year. He says:

“The National Lottery Awards are a great way to shine a spotlight on outstanding lottery-funded projects. Now in their 13th year, the Awards celebrate the talent and dedication of the amazing staff and volunteers that run incredible life changing Lottery-funded projects for the benefit of their communities and the people who live in them.”

“Your local project has worked very hard to become a finalist and they now need your support because the project with the most votes in each category will be crowned the winner. Projects receive funding thanks to National Lottery players who raise £36 million every single week for Good Causes across the UK such as Lung Ha Theatre Company.”

To vote for Lung Ha Theatre Company, please go to lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9707 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards. Voting runs for four weeks from 9am on Wednesday 22 June until midnight on Wednesday 20 July.

There are seven projects competing for votes across seven categories, reflecting the main areas of National Lottery funding: arts, sport, heritage, health, environment, education and voluntary/charity.