The Forest of Forgotten Discos! is a Contact commission for a Christmas show for 5yrs plus, director Nickie Miles-Wildn.
As usual Hagan usurped the rules and delivered a sequinned romp with bears, devoid of the usual Christmas tropes, with a message of realising the positive in diversity, and "never ever leave a bear behind."
The show was hugely successful in attaining true accessibility, with creative use of integrated BSL (i.e. not like on the telly where there's someone tacked on in the corner rather there is a deaf bear in the forest so the characters sign because they are used to it, the audience learn some repeated phrases.) integrated audio-visual description, various seating, help on hand). We had a lot of very positive (touching) feedback from SEN schools.
The play ran at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester from 11th Dec - 23rd Dec (three performances a day, often sold out) and is likely to return.
"Meticulously accessible" - The Stage
**** - Northern Soul
"Written with wit and imagination" - North west end
“a joy to behold…One of the best lessons of the show … never judge anyone wearing a tabard, respect the caretaker, the lunch lady and the cleaner and don’t dismiss them as inferior.” - The Mancunion
"Hagan makes a stylish transition towards a younger audience. She does not dumb down her socially-conscious approach and uses the characters to steer young minds in a positive direction." - British Theatre Guide
"The Forest of Forgotten Discos is a much needed antidote to Brexit. Utterly charming. - theplaysthething.com