Castaway is a charity that works to enable adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities, autism spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties to access high quality arts opportunities. All activities are led by professional artists experienced in working with people with additional needs.
We believe in the power of the arts to transform lives and our activities and projects are of great benefit to physical health and well-being and can be a key factor in the transition from childhood to adulthood and a sense of belonging and engagement in the community. Participants make new friends, grow in independence and in some cases are assisted in moving towards employment. We currently have over 100 participants who come from all over the Yorkshire & Humber region with provision for fully accessible transport for those who need it.
We deliver progression opportunities throughout the organisation so members are able to not only access arts experiences but develop as artists and link to and engage with the wider arts world and local community. Castaway has developed over a decade as a member-led organisation, focusing on ability not disability, striving to achieve and produce quality work.
“I just wasn’t prepared for the level of professionalism”
“I never did anything before and now I’m singing, dancing and everything”
Areas of Work
Estcourt St opened its doors as Castaway’s creative space in August 2014 thanks to the generosity of local entrepreneur David Wilcock. It has been wonderful for Castaway to have a home and has enabled us to consolidate our achievements so far and provide a wider range of arts activities and opportunities for our members. We continue to develop our venue as a creative arts hub and centre of excellence for working with learning and physically disabled people and are active in welcoming the wider community to access and benefit from our space.
Estcourt St provides 2 rooms that are ideal for meetings, events, workshops and performances.
Our main hall provides capacity for 70 seated people (with performance area). It is a multi-use space with acoustic panelling for sound absorption. It is an ideal space for performances, workshops and events.
Our media room provides capacity for up to 30 people. Equipped with a roof projector, interactive whiteboard and refreshment facilities, this is an ideal space for meetings, break out and group work.
For more information and prices for venue hire call 01405 761423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Arts / Technical Support
Reach Out Project Manager
Creative Writing/Drama/Music Specialist
Theatre Practitioner & Performance Poet
Film Maker – Flygirl Films
Engine Room Director
Dance Specialist & Visual Arts Practitioner
As part of a previous not for profit organisation, ArtsAway, Castaway Music Theatre has been performing two shows a year for gradually widening community audiences since December 2003. Until Summer 2006 when the East Riding County Council cut provision of music, drama and dance from its adult education programmes, part of the preparation for these shows was carried out in partnership with Boothferry Community Education.
The new organisation Castaway was launched in June 2007 and In October 2007, Castaway gained independent status as a charitable trust. Castaway Shipmates Youth Music Theatre was established in January 2008 in response to demand from young people, disabled and not, to join Castaway. Also a programme of adult workshop groups was established, following member’s interests, to offer starter opportunities in dance, music, drama, theatre sound and light, and digital media.
Castaway continues to grow developing its artistic and strategic vision and delivery, working nationally and regionally with professional artists and arts organisations to provide high quality arts opportunities and progression routes.