Dr Stirlingshire's Discovery by Morna Pearson

About Us

Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, 2017. © Peter Dibdin

We are Scotland’s leading theatre company for actors and theatre makers with a learning disability and autism. We produce award-winning productions and work with a year-round, large ensemble to develop their practice and remove barriers to participation in the arts.

Lung Ha Theatre Company began its life as Lung Ha’s Theatre Company in October 1984.  A sixty strong team of performers with a learning disability, under the direction of Richard Vallis and Pete Clerke, created and performed their own version of the fabled Monkey stories (for a time the Company was called Lung Ha’s Monkey Theatre). The production was hugely successful and a new company and vitally important new theatrical voice launched onto the Scottish stage, now a vital part of it.

Since then, the Company has worked with over three hundred performers with a learning disability creating over forty original productions. The Company and has also worked with some of the leading artists and creative organisations across the country and toured internationally to England, France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Finland. 

Some of the Company’s achievements include the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) for Best Ensemble in Huxley’s Lab in 2009 (co-recipient with Grid Iron Theatre Company) and for Castle Lennox, a 2023 co-production with The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.

Now the company offers a range of creative opportunities for learning disabled actors. Our Pathway for Progression features six strands of work where actors can access training and performing opportunities in an inclusive and welcoming environment and on an established platform. These are: the Lung Ha Ensemble, Lung Ha Touring Company, Lung Ha Across Scotland (an online nationwide actor training workshop series), Creative Development (one to one skills development, mentoring and critical response), Sharing our Expertise (via our Access and Creative Principles Toolkit and workshop leader training) and Supporting External Opportunities (where the Lung Ha team prepares and supports people with their creative ambitions outwith Lung Ha).


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