Issue: How creative can access get in theatre
Convener(s): Caroline Parker
Tom M, Chrissy Tay, Emily Kempson, Ashley Scott La_Ton, Jenifer Malarkey, Martin McClean, Steven Whinnery, Jo Hammant
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
Access a word too clinical let’s call it ‘Inclusive Theatre’
Sorting access in rehearsals for actors
Access for audience
‘Barriers’ who creates them
Funding for access – in budget applications, and Access To Work
Quote from director Kate Mitchell ‘Do you see actors as skilled and talented or as incapable and stupid’
See actor/person first not ‘Oh I want to work with deaf/disabled people’ Just cast them in roles as you would with any other actor.
It is possible to over design the creative access too much so that they become inaccessible.