IT'S been quite a year for Huddersfield-based theatre company Full Body and The Voice.
And the excitement looks set to continue. This pioneering company seems to have discovered the Midas touch in terms of winning financial backing from some of our biggest arts funders and cornered the ideas market too.
So for innovative work and a full-on ability to make things happen, look no further than the team behind Full Body and the Voice.
This is the inclusive theatre company which works with actors who have a learning disability. It is also the company which is fast leading the way in teaching many others, inside and outside the arts world, how to support people with disabilities to enable them to express themselves more fully.
In nine months, the company has been awarded £228,000 in grants from major arts funders - testimony to its vision and the ability to deliver.
First major milestone was in May when The Big Lottery awarded Full Body £115,000 to develop its youth theatre over three years in both north and south Kirklees.
Then came a £70,000 award in December, which will let Full Body's actors work with other companies on a co-production of Pinocchio that will tour later this year.
Finally came news that the company had secured a £43,000 Arts Council Yorkshire grant to host a national conference here in the town and to write a book about their very own brand of magic.
Just look at what those three grants will enable them to do and applaud their breadth of vision.
That first Big Lottery grant in the spring kick-started Full Body's youth theatre ambitions. Thirty people with a learning disability have started on the project based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Half are aged between 11 and 16 and half between 16 and 25. A second, similar pair of groups will be running in north Kirklees by September.
The LBT group is already getting professional training in performance from a whole range of experts in different fields. Northern Ballet will work with them on body and movement and a group of performers, in town from Japan during Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, provided inspiration through percussion.
Youth theatre director Paula J Horton has already given her company's young people a new focus.
Meeting once a week since the autumn, they have developed skills which in performance have enabled them to focus and to hold an audience. With new groups due to come on stream in north Kirklees, Full Body's youth theatre project has dynamism and vibrancy.
Step into one of the sessions with Full Body's main company of 15 adult actors and you'll feel those same qualities there.
The actors are in residence at the LBT putting in a full day each Monday working with a range of artists to extend their skills and that brand of magic which infuses productions such as last year's In The Footsteps Of Mr Butler which toured in the summer.
The audition process has started for the company's next major stage outing, a new version of Pinocchio which will tour in November.
The production has been funded by a £70,000 grant from the Arts Council West Midlands. Full Body is part of a consortia which made the bid along with York Theatre Royal and the Coventry-based Shysters Theatre Company, which also works with actors with a learning disability.
The latest part of this Midas year of funding for the company takes Full Body in a completely different direction from its work with individual actors and on productions.
This summer, the company will host a national conference which will take place at the LBT in June. It will bring together arts professionals with the aim of promoting the Full Body style of theatrical know-how and to explain the skills and methods that they use to make something special happen.
Jon Palmer, FBTV's artistic director and Richard Hayhow, his counter-part at Shysters, are co-authoring a book which will provide a unique tool for actors, writers, musicians or directors wanting to work in the field of inclusive theatre.
And this most dynamic of organisations is working hard to share its skills with other sectors outside the arts world and outside of those funding awards.
Company members, led by its business director Maggie McEwan, are already working with South Yorkshire police force teaching enhanced interviewing techniques to CID officers.
"They want to train their officers so that if they are at the scene of an incident where there is a person with a disability, they have the skills which may be necessary to unlock information from that person which would then make them a credible witness in court," said Maggie.
"Our actors act out scenarios through an interview setting. A CID officer will interview one of our actors as if they were the victim of a crime or were a witness.
"South Yorkshire Police have been so pleased with what we are doing that they have contracted us for another year."
Other police forces are looking at the work they have been doing to see if it is relevant to them.
Full Body is also working with Able Art a social art movement in Japan which strives to create a new culture in society where everyone, irrespective of their disabilities, can live happily together by promoting freedom of expression.
Jon Palmer has been working in Tokyo directing a piece called Tobi Ishi with disabled and non-disabled Japanese actors. Tobi Ishi means Stepping Stones in English and when it is performed in October in Japan it will demonstrate how the Full Body methods translate to another culture.
Sounds like Full Body has uncovered its own Midas touch in many more ways than one.
* As a charity Full Body needs to raise all its own funding. Anyone interested in individual or corporate sponsorship contact Maggie McEwan (01484-484441).