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Published on December 5th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Single mum launches theatre company for vulnerable adults

A single mum to three children has set up a theatre group for people with mental health issues.

Sarah Milne, 43, from Croydon, south London, is mum to Ellie, 14, Hope, 17, and nine-year-old William who has cerebral palsy and is a bowel transplant recipient.

She told parenting solo she was moved to start the Untapped Theatre Company after seeing first-hand the ‘stigma and prejudice’ faced by friends with mental health issues.

“I was doing writing groups for people with mental health problems which is great in helping creativity but I wanted to do more to challenge stigma,” she said.

Sarah founded the group with performance artist Norrin Radd, and the pair are working in conjunction with Untapped, a Croydon based social enterprise which runs art and craft workshops and training for the area’s vulnerable community groups.

Sarah said the theatre group will help Untapped extend its work with the adult community by providing tailored workshops for those who would find it a challenge to take part otherwise.

The sessions will allow participants to explore their creativity and learn theatrical skills and eventually stage professional level performances in a ‘safe and sound environment’.

“This will help empower them to let down their guard and inhibitions and develop confidence in themselves that they can carry into their day to day life,” Sarah said.

The busy mum, who also works as a writer, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise £16, 000 to fund the project by the end of the year.

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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