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Local Actors with Down Syndrome Set to Take the Stage at PuSh Festival

King Arthur's Night, a radically inclusive play featuring actors from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, makes its long-awaited Vancouver debut this January/February.

"Towering artists and socio-political provocateurs," says the Globe and Mail.

King Arthur's Night, a radically inclusive play featuring a fully integrated professional cast which includes actors from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation (DSRF), plus a live band and a 20-person choir, makes its long-awaited Vancouver debut this January/February at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

King Arthur's Night was written by Niall McNeil, a playwrite/performer with Down syndrome, and Marcus Youssef, with original music composed by Veda Hille. The production, which has been in development for five years, is directed by James Long. McNeil plays the lead role of King Arthur.

The play is the product of a long-term collaboration between Neworld Theatre and DSRF. McNeil and Youssef conducted a series of workshops for DSRF clients, and it was through these sessions exploring stories, movement, and music that three of the show’s stars were discovered: Andrew Gordon, Tiffany King and Matthew Tom-Wing, all of whom have Down syndrome.

King Arthur's Night debuted to rave reviews at Toronto's Luminato Festival in June 2017, followed by several performances at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Learn more and purchase your tickets at https://pushfestival.ca/shows/festival-2018/king-arthurs-night/.

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