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Access Theatre CIO: The Winter's Tale

Access Theatre aims to enable, empower and increase opportunities for adults with disabilities to engage in performing arts. The members of the company have varying physical, communication and learning disabilities giving them unique and differently-abled contributions as perfomers.

 

Name of organisation: Access Theatre CIO

Title of project/programme: The Winter’s Tale

Dates of project/programme: Winter 2015

 

Summary

Access Theatre Company aims to enable, empower and increase opportunities for adults with disabilities to engage in performing arts. The members of the company have varying physical, communication and learning disabilities giving them unique and differently-abled contributions as perfomers.

All creative projects are planned and practitioners selected by the company as a whole, consequently we have worked with a range of professional theatre and dance practitioners who have the skills are to focus on individual strengths and  provide an inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive and have a voice.  

Access has twelve regular members who participate along with carers and committed volunteers. The company has produced pantomimes, a murder mystery, devised theatre pieces, a short film, cabaret dance and comedy pieces for festivals and more.   In 2015 the company chose to work with Paul Morel from Oddbodies Production Company in Devon. Paul works in a particular way, building stories layer upon layer and enabling participants to contribute in their own way. After working with him for a few sessions and getting to know him, the company decided they could tackle the story of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. What initially appeared ambitious and complex, by focusing on the main characters and the powerful  emotional themes; jealously, rejection, and forgiveness; became simple and completely accessible. What resulted was an extraordinarily moving production of this magical story.

 

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