First Impressions

A few early feedback quotes from the Separate Doors 3 forum at RADA It was such a fantastic event. I learnt a huge amount and it made me go away and think about my own practise in great detail.  I feel like the best way in for future progress is to do with writing – […]

Talking about it

Next week the Separate Doors 3 project reaches phase 2, the forum at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. 70 people from UK theatre will come together to explore integrated theatre, discussing the will and the way, and most importantly the how of making general audience theatre that includes actors with learning disabilities. Venues and companies in the room include […]

My thinking

Last week as part of the Separate Doors 3 project I shared my silent approach methodology with directors, theatre makers and playwrights. Up to 30 theatre professionals with and without learning disabilities came together for a day of intensive no speech rehearsal process in each master class. This is what I did and this is […]

6 Playwrights

1 director and an integrated ensemble… The final Separate Doors 3 silent approach master class focuses on playwriting, building  roles and stage drama for actors and characters with learning disabilities. To spend a whole day in the rehearsal room with six exceptional writers (who work in all kinds of other media too) is a spectacular […]

Traditional Theatre? It’s behind you

Theatre makers do it differently. Theatre maker (noun): A creator of live performance, sometimes across art forms and, often, challenging established theatre formats. Theatre makers are changing the landscape and shaking up the standard practices of a known kind of venue theatre, bringing hidden lived experiences into view and onto stages. Recent work from theatre […]

Directors, leadership and integrated theatre

What does a theatre director do exactly? Theatre director (noun); A creative collaborator, guide and conduit between a writer*, production team and performers and an audience. *or not if the work is devised. Who the director is informs the outcome to an extent, just as any other creative and production team member influences a show. How the director works, […]

Did you know…

Most working actors in the UK train on practical, vocational courses at Drama Schools, learning the core technical skills needed for general audience-facing theatre, film and TV. Actors with learning disabilities can learn exactly the same skills through the Silent Approach. Most actors with learning disabilities can’t access Drama School training and the opportunities for work this affords. The […]

Separate Doors 3 – the work

Its all about the work. Theatre venues in the UK have made progress in widening the representation of diverse people on stages, in high quality work with impact which plays out to general audiences. Black, gay, transgender, deaf and disabled and mental health focused work has been commissioned and supported by venues and by Arts […]

Master class at the Young Vic

Participation is a bugle call, excellence is dynamite Gifted actors with learning learning disabilities have a right to access acting and rehearsal craft and audiences benefit from the characters and stories trained actors with learning disabilities bring to general audience work. Sue Emmas, Associate Artistic Director at the Young Vic Theatre in London asked me to deliver […]