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World Down's Syndrome day: how Welsh actors are breaking the mould

Four learning disabled actors with Down's Syndrome have travelled nearly 9,000 miles from Wales to Lesotho to perform in small communities.

The project, involves staff from 'Mamohato Children's Centre', set up by Prince Harry, and 'Hijinx' theatre company from Wales.

Credit: Hijinx

The project aims to show how people with Down's Syndrome play a vital role in lives and communities this World Down's Syndrome Day.

The trip, at the end of February, included a performance called 'Able to Act' for the community of the landlocked country; Lesotho.

Credit: Hijinx

Justin Melluish, Gareth Clark, Laura Tilley and Victoria Walters are all actors with Down's Syndrome who took part in the trip.

I have a disability and the trip to Lesotho has taught me that it’s important to share it with people.

– Victoria Walters, Actor, Hijinx

World Down Syndrome Day (March, 21), is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. This year World Down Syndrome Day's theme is #WhatIBringToMyCommunity.

It aims to show how people with Down’s syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives.

All my life I have never watched an activity that has touched my life this way.

– Mamello Mokholokoe, runs Phelisanong Orphanage

The project also received funding from the Welsh Government as part of their 'Wales for Africa' programme and the British Council.