Buzz-AH! was founded in 2002 by an extraordinary lady named Catherine Pugh. Catherine has a vast amount of experience working with people who have disabilities, and she set up Buzz-AH! having realised the potential a group such as this had for making a difference to the lives of people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities working together to celebrate difference and practise inclusion. She named the group Buzz-AH! after a singing exercise that she had learned at one of her weekly singing lessons.
The group performed their first show – ‘This Joint is Jumpin’!’ – in 2003. This modest production consisted of forty five minutes of song and dance from popular West End shows and was performed by fifteen members to an audience of around seventy. The production was a great success! All of the members gained confidence and enjoyed themselves a great deal; they realised they had achieved something worthwhile and wanted the group to continue.
Catherine secured further funding for another year, and Buzz-AH! began to develop: expanding to a membership of thirty plus. All members find they grow in confidence and learn to work well as a team. They improve their skills in the performing arts year on year, and know that by participating in Buzz-AH! that they are helping to break down the barriers to inclusion that sadly still exist in our society.
Buzz-AH! is now in its fourteenth year, employs a professional show director, choreographer and vocal coach, and puts on an annual show for two nights in the Sir Anthony Hopkins Auditorium at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. How’s THAT for progress!