Sunday, 1 September 2019

Kerri Quinn becomes patron of Irish theatre group

Kerri Quinn, who plays Vicky Jeffries in Coronation Street, has become the Patron of Skyzdalimit Theatre group for people with a learning disability, based in Omagh.

Kerri went to see the Skyzdalimit show ‘The Prince of Africa’ in June at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh and loved the the performance so much that she wanted to become involved with the group and their next show in 2020.

Kerri told Love Belfast, “I was just blown away. The production, the powerful musical score, the original humorous script, fabulous costumes, beautiful backdrops, lighting, exciting and exhilarating dancing, skilful acting – was incredible. The cast were so professional in their approach that you forgot they had a learning disability and just revelled in their performance.  I really enjoyed watching everyone perform and I think what’s different about Skyzdalimit, is that along with the professionalism of the production, you also get to experience the sheer joy and happiness emanating from within each and every cast member. It’s electrifying and very infectious! These guys are inspirational and as their patron I want to ensure that they get the recognition they deserve and can perform to a wider audience.”

Kerri’s sister in law’s brother is a member of Skyzdalimit and his performance along with the rest of the cast impressed Kerri so much she instantly wanted to get involved, Kerri continued: “I was looking forward to attending the show and I understood that the performers all had a learning disability, however, the show surpassed any expectations I may have had. I was not expecting to witness such a powerful demonstration of performance, emotion and skill. I would love to raise the profile of Skyzdalimit and would encourage all to go and see these shows, they are so empowering and therapeutic, I left after the show feeling so uplifted and happy. This group is ground-breaking and will be an example to other groups and inspire them to do the same. I am very proud to be part of the movement that finally smashes the “learning disability” theatre performance barrier and public perception.”

Kerri will be formally inducted as Skyzdalimit Patron at the group’s Film Premiere Grand Gala Ball at the Mellon Country Inn, Omagh on 14 September 2019.

Glenda Young
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