The Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble presents


Devised by the ensemble and Mack Sproates under direction of Jan-Willem van den Bosch

The Lawnmowers Theatre Ensemble bring their empowering show Retake, Remake to the Arcola.

A show where the actors take back films made about learning disabled people but without learning disabled actors. In a fun and sometimes profoundly moving way, they question this practice and replay snippets of these films through the art of lip-syncing and stylised movement.

The show is more than an investigation into an outmoded Hollywood practice, it takes the ensemble and its audience on a wild-water-ride, discussing topics like dating, ownership, sexuality, and eugenics.

In a patchwork of film, music, and popular culture the members of the ensemble ask for respect for people with learning disabilities. Even though, things are changing for the better, there is still a long way to go. Enjoy the ride, it’s a real eye-opener!

“Packed with bags of humour and directed by Jan-Willem Van Den Bosch with fierce, kinetic energy, Retake, Remake is slyly funny, gloriously kitschy fun.” Exeunt Magazine