Eccleston Praises Special Needs Theatre

Christopher Eccleston has recently spoken to the BBC in praise of Celebrity Pig, the special needs theatre company of which he is patron.

He told BBC One’s Inside Out Northwest programme, of his first encounter with the theatre company, when he saw a piece performed on the theme of neglect in children’s care homes.

That the piece was written and performed by people with learning disabilities seemed to underline and enhance the message.

“It’s the best piece of theatre I’ve ever seen. It was volcanic really because there was a tremendous amount of anger in certain people who’d been abused and mistreated and it reminded me of what theatre’s for really. That really is the thing that drew me into the group – because they make vital theatre

“Celebrity Pig and groups like Celebrity Pig are using theatre for the right reasons – to give a voice to people who don’t necessarily have a voice.

The Ninth Doctor actor was was born in Salford, and is a strong believer in supporting local projects.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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