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 the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Young Vic, The Stephen Joseph Theatre and the New Wolsey, Ipswich.
We have Artistic and Associate Directors, established playwrights, theatre makers, actors, movement directors, an agent, a designer, two academics and a film director.
We have our four ally theatre companies which work with actors with learning disabilities, Access All Areas, Dark Horse, Hijinx and Hubbub and we also have Diverse City and Ramps On The Moon.
Its going to be noisy.
And sometimes quiet.
Geoff Bullen, Emeritus Director of Acting at RADA will welcome us all and reflect on the Separate Doors 2 project on which we collaborated.
I’ll talk to the room about my thoughts on identity, writing, integrated theatre and the silent approach and then…
A panel of leading actors with learning disabilities will discuss ambition, training and the kind of theatre they want to be part of.
A panel of writers will discuss writing for and with actors with learning disabilities and a panel of Artistic and Executive Directors will discuss including exceptional talent with learning disabilities in general audience work.
We then go into dynamic forum.
Provocations, in between the chatter, will come from three theatre makers who attended Separate Doors 3 silent approach master classes.
We’ll all reflect.
And then everyone in the space will have 60 seconds to feedback.