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Members of a Lanarkshire-based drama group have taken to the stage following a funding boost from UK Steel Enterprise.

The Wireless Hub Theatre Group, which was set up to provide a creative outlet for people with disabilities, has received a donation of £700 from UKSE.

The community grant was used to support the group’s Christmas production of “Twisted Tales”, a whimsical fairy-tale written and directed by drama tutor Leah Knight, with funds going towards venue hire, technical equipment and other expenses.

Established by South Lanarkshire Council adult services at the Harry Smith Centre in 2013, The Wireless Hub Theatre Group has more than 20 members from throughout the Clydesdale district, many of whom have a physical or learning disability. In addition to rehearsing for upcoming shows, the group learn techniques for self-expression and confidence building, and the weekly sessions create a positive space where members can socialise with friends.

Anne Clyde, regional manager at UKSE said: “The Wireless Hub Theatre Group has a great reputation for delivering fun, professional performances. While they have previously funded shows through raffle and ticket sales, the rising number of members meant the group required extra support this year.

“In addition to bringing some festive cheer to the area, the group provides the perfect stage for its members to gain independence, develop confidence and widen their social network.”

Margaret Sutherland, The Wireless Hub Theatre Group secretary, said: “While many of our members face varying challenges in their everyday lives, they have come together to create a very special show and are all excited to be taking to the stage.

“Due to rising costs, we faced additional barriers for this year’s performance, but the funding from UKSE ensured the show could go on. The process was straightforward and we are hugely grateful to them, and all those who have helped with the production, for their support.”