A blast from the past with murder mystery

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Members of a popular drama group for disabled people took a trip into the past to perform their own murder mystery.

The Osmondthorpe Hub drama group’s new play Posies for the Paupers has debuted at the Thackray Medical Museum.

Set in the murky world of England’s Victorian workhouses, the play looks at how issues like disability and poverty have changed since the 1800s.

David Fletcher, senior support worker at the hub, said: “Our drama group has been popular for a number of years now and the cast have really thrown themselves into this production.

“But as well as putting on a great show, this group is all about breaking down some of the barriers that disabled people can face and showing that, with the right support and opportunities, they can accomplish anything.”

Posies for the Paupers was performed by a cast of 13, with actors ranging from their 20s up to people in their 60s, and they have used costumes loaned from the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The drama group is one of a range of rehabilitation projects and workshops which are run at Osmondthorpe Hub.

The Leeds City Council run centre also supports the victims of serious illnesses or accidents for almost 25 years.

Working with around 120 adults with a broad spectrum of physical or sensory impairments, staff support people to get involved in other opportunities outside the centre.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, said: “This imaginative production is just one example of the superb work taking place at Osmondthorpe to break down barriers and involve people with disabilities in projects which give them a chance to use their creativity.”

Posies for the Paupers will also be performed at the Osmondthorpe Hub today.

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