Access All Areas

Award winning, disruptive and urban performances by learning disabled artists.

Mission

Access All Areas produce urban and disruptive performances with learning disabled artists and offer accessible performance training to create a new generation of quality theatre makers that raise aspiration and challenge public perceptions. 

 Strategic Goals

 

  • Create ambitious and contemporary performance work by professional learning disabled artists.
  • Raise aspirations and increase employment opportunities for future generations of people with learning disabilities within the performing arts 
  • Creatively engage a broad range of learning disabled people with developing key life skills through accessible take part participation programmes
  • Challenge public perceptions of learning disabilities through the performing arts.
  • Embed a best practice approach to access and inclusion throughout the company.

Create ambitious and contemporary performance work by professional learning disabled artists.

Raise aspirations and increase employment opportunities for future generations of people with learning disabilities within the performing arts 

Creatively engage a broad range of learning disabled people with developing key life skills through accessible take part participation programmes

Challenge public perceptions of learning disabilities through the performing arts.

Embed a best practice approach to access and inclusion throughout the company. 

 

  • Photographer: Idil Sukan

    Eye Queue Hear, Access All Areas

  • Photograph: Caroline Moore

    Eye Queue Hear, 2014

  • Photographer: Caroline Moore

    Eye Queue Hear, Access All Areas

  • Photographer: Camilla Greenwell

    MADHOUSE re-exit, Access All Areas

  • Photographer: Stuey Burnett

    The Misfit Analysis, Access All Areas

Access all Areas is an award winning theatre company for adults with learning disabilities based in Hackney, London.

As well as mounting professional touring productions through our performance company, we run a range of exciting and innovative projects for people with all levels of learning disabilities to bring their own creative voices to their lives and their communities.

We believe passionately in the importance of including learning disabled artistic voices at all levels of society, to help create an artistic community that is made more vibrant, more varied and more relevant by including a range of voices.

Performance Company
A group of professional actors performing new, disruptive performances in theatres and found spaces in London and around the UK.

Black Cab Theatre Co
A weekly community drama group for people with mild to moderate learning disabilities that leads to professionally led productions for the general public.

Performance Making Diploma
An accredited drama training diploma for adults with learning disabilities at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for learning disabled adults who want a career in theatre.

Departure Lounge
Our daytime programme for adults with moderate learning disabilities who have little or no previous experience of performance..

Spinning Yarn
A multi sensory movement and music project for people with severe and profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

Triple Agency
An agency representing talented actors with learning disabilities, securing roles in TV, radio and theatre

Contact details

Patrick Collier
General Manager

138 Kingsland Road
Bradbury Studios
Hoxton
London
E2 8DY

Artistic Director(s)

Nick Llewellyn

Online

Email: info@accessallareastheatre.org
Web: http://www.accessallareastheatre.org/
Facebook: https://twitter.com/AAATheatre

Misfit Analysis 2016 UK Tour Trailer

Productions

Eye Queue Hear

Duration: 60
Number of people on road: 10
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

"Philosophical, mischievous, exuberantly accessible" - The stage

‘Eye Queue Hear’ takes the audience on an audio journey from your theatre around the nearby streets to watch and listen in on the lives of learning disabled artists and their perceptions of urban life. This ground-breaking audio-tour performance is adapted for each location, opening up a beautiful new way of seeing your local streets, and giving you the time and space to fully experience the urban spaces so familiar to you.

 

Extra information

This performance is an outdoor, headphone led performance with a maximum audience of 30. 

MADHOUSE re-exit

Duration: 60
Number of people on road: 12
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

TBC

Description

"You could just hear it outside, the screaming and what have you, you'd think you were going into a madhouse" - Mabel Cooper

A site- specific production set in an asylum, working with 5 learning-disabled artists. MADHOUSE re-exit will be a joyous reclaiming of the history of institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities, and at a time when people are being re-institutionalised and isolated in their own homes, this will echo a refusal to be gently 'put back in'. We have just started development of this piece through Barbican OpenLab, and the performance will be available for touring from 2017.

The Misfit Analysis

Duration: 60
Number of people on road: 3
Freight: No freight necessary

Freight details:

Description

"Utterly fascinating and wildly creative ... definitely and defiantly different" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Quirky, informative and funny … an insight into an autistic mind.” –_New York Times

Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. He’s taught all the actors on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time how to be autistic. They’re very good at it.

Journeying through Cian’s mischievous mind, 'The Misfit Analysis' takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind. This is not Rain Man. Using multi-media, video projection and his unique brand of performance poetry, Cian playfully questions the place of disability in today’s world.

The Misfit Analysis is available to tour after a sell out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and appearances on BBC 1.

Extra information

TRAILER:

Wrap-around work

MADHOUSE my house

Working in partnership with the Open University and University of East London we will provide creative digital training for people with learning disabilities throughout London. The project will culminate in The Living Archive: a digital archive of the social history of learning disability aimed at giving people with learning disabilities an accessible way to engage with this history.

Press Comments & Testimonials

“A strong and distinct disabled aesthetic that may itself be an agent for change” – The Guardian

“A quirky, informative, and funny insight into an autistic mind” – New York Times

“Utterly fascinating and wildly creative” – The Guardian

“Philosophical, mischievous, and exuberantly accessible” – The Stage