Vanessa’s keynote speech at my Hand in Hand? Writing and performance-making in Learning Disability Theatre conference at Essex University (July 2018) was remarkable. Entertaining, provocative, informative and brave, she set exactly the right tone for the highly engaging and nuanced discussion which followed- and watching Vanessa in action recently during her Silent Approach master class, with Dark Horse actors and non-learning disabled actors, was a treat. Her highly skilled, intuitive style and her understanding of what makes integration work is both impressive and enlightening. Her dedication to creating a level playing field on which both learning -disabled and non-learning disabled actors can shine together is inspiring.