Spirit of Teesside is a day aimed at celebrating the inner steel of the people of Teesside. When faced with the many challenges of life today, we come together and support each other, we create communities so that we can not only survive but actually thrive. Coming together is one of the most powerful things we can do when faced with adversity.

Spirit of Teesside coincides with the production of a new play presented by Little Cog Theatre Company which is a disabled-led company. The play, Occupation by Pauline Heath, a disabled writer, focusses on a disability rally where people who wouldn’t normally speak out, have gathered to raise attention to the real stories of disabled people in modern Britain. It tells the stories of four main characters who all have their own experiences of the impact of reduced services and benefits changes. A cast of professional disabled actors and a disabled director is working with a community cast for the local area to present what will be a truly community event.

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