About Us – Access All Areas

About Us

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.

A Little Bit of History

Our Partners

The work of Access All Areas is made possible by the generous support of trusts, foundations, statutory/local authorities, organisations and individuals who give their time, money and expertise. 

Current funders include Arts Council EnglandCity Bridge TrustEsmee Faibairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Sky Studios and the Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers.

Key partnerships have included relationships with the Open University, RIX Centre for Research and Media, Hackney Museum and the Royal Central School or Speech and Drama. 

Access All Areas was a founding partner of the BELONG manifesto that champions a better life for people with learning disabilities and autism. It has created the MADHOUSE wiki for the Inclusive Archive, as well as a variety of resource packs for professionals working with people with learning disabilities. 

It works alongside charities, authorities and organisations of all sizes, from local to national, to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities and autism.