The Remix and Premix

Remix and DYD photo, Pageant Productions

The Remix is an inclusive youth performance company open to young people age 12 -19 both disabled and non-disabled from across Dorset.

Premix is a group set up for younger people and is aimed at 7-11yr olds.

The Remix and Premix members include young people with physical and sensory impairments, young people with learning difficulties and non-disabled young people, all with a love of performance and the willingness to stretch themselves and have fun.

Over the past few months, the Remix have had the pleasure of working with Jo Simmons from Dorchester Youth Theatre and Hannah Cummings from B Sharp to produce a short film based on an Ojibbeway legend, Spring Beauty. TThe story tells of the departure of Winter and the welcoming of Spring, a time for new beginnings.

Participants created their own soundscape and narrated the story which was then filmed and broadcast as part of an online youth showcase, Bloom produced by Activate Performing Arts on the 8th April. Other youth groups from across the county submitted their own short films too including Shaftesbury Youth Theatre, Bridport Youth Dance and Weymouth Dance studio. It was a great evening showcasing local young people and spotlighting the breadth of talent we have in Dorset. 


Also, during the current coronavirus crisis, The Remix and Premix classes take place both in-person and online. Join in and find out more on The Remix Facebook page. 

Participants of The Remix got creative during the recent festive period. Enjoy this short film which was first shown at the online Dorset Youth Showcase on Tuesday 15th December 2020:


Hear Remix staff, participants, their families discuss why The Remix is so important:

Video Production: Pageant Productions

This groundbreaking company began as a Cultural Hub project in 2007 when local schools highlighted an opportunity for the formation of an integrated performance group.

Now, in 2019, The Remix has around 45 young people involved and continues to produce fantastic, high quality inclusive performance opportunities for young people in Bournemouth, Poole and across other areas in Dorset.

Over the years The Remix has worked with internationally renowned companies including CandoCo Dance Company, Graeae Theatre Company, Choreographer, KMA , Cirque Bijou and StopGap Dance Company.  They have performed in theatres and spaces all across the South West and in London.

The Remix is managed by Activate Performing Arts. It advocates for and delivers, diversity and equality of opportunity in culture and learning. The Remix team includes qualified care staff who are on hand to assist at all residencies and workshops. The project is overseen by Michaela Shaw, Activate's Producer for Youth dance and Diversity and Project Manager; Jude Allen, based at Activate Performing Arts.

The Remix and Premix meet in school holidays for extended bespoke workshops lasting from 2-4 days, often finishing with a performance opportunity and one Sunday per month throughout the year at locations in Dorset, Poole, Bournemouth. This is a fully-inclusive, friendly and creative environment and the groups constantly recruit new members to join this exciting opportunity to reach further and achieve even greater things.

Each Remix session costs £7.50, Premix sessions cost £3. Bursaries to attend the Remix and Premix are available for families on low incomes, please contact the project manger (details below) in confidence to discuss.

The Remix project is currently funded by Dorset Council and Children in Need

For further information or to join Remix please complete the Care Passport (allowing the young person to access a whole range of additional activities) or contact the  Project Manager : or 01305 260954.

Find the Remix on Facebook. You will find details of upcoming sessions and activities - please click here.

Remix Highlights

‘I Can’t Get to You’ is a  music video that was launched in October 2018 as part of World Values Day. This compelling track with supporting documentary creates awareness about the barriers people who are disabled face. Produced by People First Dorset and Activate Performing Arts in partnership with Weymouth College, the original track was inspired by the stories of local people who are disabled. The music video created by Pageant Productions and Biglittlemusic, stars members of Activate’s performance company, The Remix and People First Dorset’s Speaking Up group with vocals by Weymouth College student, Georgia Dunford. The music video raises awareness about how a little change in attitude can make a big difference. Click on the image to see the amazing video:

Inside Out Dorset, 2018: Legends

In September and December 2018, The Remix, Premix and Dorset Youth Dance performed Legend at Activate Performing Arts Inside Out Dorset Festival and again at their end of year showcase. Legend was a narrative movement performance based on the wonderful stories about mythical creatures, legendary beasts and supernatural and god-like beings. Choreographed by Claire Benson, the stories were bought alive with projected animation created by young artist Rosa McKechnie.

Photo, Pageant Productions

During the Olympic year in 2012, Remix East took part in ‘Breathe’:

‘Breathe’ was an event that opens the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth for the Maritime Mix Cultural Olympiad by The Sea 2012. The work was an Arts Council "Unlimited" commission awarded to Diverse City who created and delivered the project. The final piece was a breathtaking outdoor performance of circus and dance performed by an outstanding and inspirational cast of 64 disabled and non disabled performers from Dorset and Brazil.This project also enabled some of the Remix company to travel to Brazil to rehearse the performance with their Brazillion counterparts.


  • Photo: Rachel Dunford

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