When will we learn – ambitious about autism

Did you know…

  • over 1000 parents are forced to take legal action every year to get the right support for their child;
  • 42% of classroom teachers say their training doesn’t prepare them to meet the needs of children with autism;
  • 45% of children with autism have been sent home illegally, or denied a full education;
  • 80% of children with autism experience anxiety every day about attending school;

And did you know that some of our students are featured in the Ambitious about Autism campaign – they did a grand job as always!

You can find out more about the Ambitious about Autism campaign, and get more involved at https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/when-will-we-learn-campaign

See the campaign trailer here:


Mamma Mia, starring Penni Bubb


For those who missed it, ITV’s Surprise Surprise arranged a very special surprise for Penni Bubb, with a little help from a few of the many parents and teachers whom she has inspired over the past nine years after setting up Mushroom Theatre Company. You can view the full programme on ITV Player, but the following extract is also available on YouTube

Southend Carnival 2013

On Saturday 17th August Mushroom Theatre Company once again entered the Southend Torchlight Carnival Procession; this year with a SHREK-themed float and dancers. Everyone had a great time (despite the wind, though at least it wasn’t the following weekend with all that rain!) and we walked (danced?) away with a few awards too – a lovely end to a fantastic week:

  • Best Youth Group
  • Best in Non-Trading class
  • Best in Procession

Well Done Everyone!


Look forward to seeing you at Southend Carnival 2014!


MP Congratulates MTC on Great Performance

Rayleigh and Wickford MP, Mark Francois, has offered congratulations to the Mushroom Theatre Company following a performance of their latest show, which took place at Seevic College in Benfleet in late July.

The performance included a variety of musical numbers, several soloists and also a number of sketches, which were performed by the company’s mixture of fully able bodied and handicapped children, to a full house of over 100 people in the college theatre.

The Mushroom Theatre Company, which has its base at Lubbards Farm, on the Hullbridge Road just north of Rayleigh, is an organisation which is allied to the charity Equal People, which provides an environment in which both handicapped and fully able bodied young people can participate in dance and drama.

Commenting on the Mushroom Theatre Company’s performance, Mark Francois said: “I have seen a number of shows down the years, with everything ranging from school plays to Les Miserables but I can honestly say that I have never seen anything quite like the performance from the Mushroom Theatre Company last week. The sheer energy which these young people put into the performance is wonderful to behold and it is also great to see both able bodied and handicapped kids working so closely and enthusiastically together to deliver the show. When you see a production like this it really puts a lot of day to day frustrations into perspective and I absolutely recommend anybody who has not seen this company before to get a ticket next time they lay on a show.”

The Mushroom Theatre Company and its related charity, Equal People, are seeking to raise funds for a new theatre of their own and anyone interested joining the company or assist in their fundraising effort is encouraged to contact the company on 01268 780596.

SkyOne’s Got To Dance

3 Gold stars and standing ovation for MTC


MTC – The Mushroom Theatre Company were awarded three gold stars from the judges of Got to Dance 2012 and the audience gave a standing ovation after the MTC’s performance to Michael Jackson’s Earth Song.

Despite the judges glowing coments for the company MTC did not make it through to the live finals. It was a truely fantastic experience for everyone involved and we will look forward to seeing the show when televised in January 2012.

Since the audition aired on Got to Dance many people have written in with enthusiastic comments:

“Expressive, inspiring, emotive and innovative. Everything that dance is about, for me.”

“This dance troupe, MTC, are a credit t the London 2012 Paralympics spirit.” – Bedfordshire Consortium

“Well done guys from Strictly Wheels! Great to see performers showing off their ability, not their disability!” – Strictly wheels

“You are soooooo amazing, you are just making it so hard for me to explain in words.”

“This troupe was beautiful, a real inspiration to us all xx” “Well done guys I thought you were an inspiration “