Access All Areas

Award-winning performance by learning disabled artists

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Access All Areas make disruptive theatre and performance by learning disabled and autistic artists. Our interactive performance events create intimate moments of interaction between performers and public, occupying unexpected spaces in venues, on the streets, and in public buildings. Through our Performance Company we support the artistic development of some of the world’s leading learning disabled creatives. Our award-winning Performance Making Diploma, in collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, is breaking new ground in training for emerging learning disabled theatre makers. Our wide-reaching Take Part programme, co-led by learning disabled professionals, works intensively with learning disabled adults in East London and beyond, using the arts to improve well-being and mental health, foster inclusion, and give learning disabled peers and neighbours a voice at the heart of our community. Access All Areas are story makers and change makers. We offer a range of consultancy across all aspects of theatre making and beyond - from creating accessible auditions, authentic representation and front of house training. We have an industry partnership with agency Simon & How to represent seven professional actors with learning disabilities.



Guardian University Award for Student Diversity and Widening Participation

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  • Award for our Performance Making Diploma held at Central School of Speech and Drama Our diploma teaches professional performance skills. It is for adults over 18 years old who have learning disabilities or autism, with previous drama experience. Students work with leading arts professionals to create performances in different styles and explore different ways of making a career as a performer. More information about the course:

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