Has Institutionalisation Ended?, a symposium and performance at Shoreditch Town Hall
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Has Institutionalisation Ended?, a symposium and performance at Shoreditch Town Hall

Access All Areas and Baroness Sheila Hollins invite you to a symposium on the history of institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities, alongside a performance of MADHOUSE re:exit at Shoreditch Town Hall.

The symposium seeks to raise public awareness and debate on the effects that isolation and confinement has on people with learning disabilities.

It will question the 'history' of institutionalisation, asking whether the closure of long-stay hospitals has ended institutionalisation, or if contemporary isolation at home has similar physical and mental effects. 

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MADHOUSE re:exit
Mar
13
to Mar 27

MADHOUSE re:exit

Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, 5 learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground.

As they tear back the walls to their lives, past and present spin together in a powerful expression of what it feels like to be a person with a learning disability today.

“Defiantly different” – The Guardian on Access All Areas

"a tantalisingly inventive immersive theatre experience… quite simply groundbreaking… MADHOUSE sets a new standard for immersive theatre. Go and experience it." - Disability Arts Online

"Everybody needs to see this show. It is an outstanding piece of political theatre. Interesting, captivating, and heartbreaking." - TheatreBox

Click here for an accessible timetable of performances.

Familiarisation and touch tours:

  • Friday 16th March at 4pm
  • Tuesday 20th March at 5pm
  • Monday 26th March at 5pm

You can download the Easy Read visual guide for the show here.

BSL performance: Monday 26th March, 8.30pm

Access All Areas is committed to ensuring that each audience member is respected as an individual, with their own access needs, communication styles, and self-identification, by ensuring that all access requirements are met.

To ensure that the performance is as accessible for you as possible, please let us know if you have any access requirements by using the Access Booking Form.

Access information will be treated as confidential and used only to ensure needs are met.

Post-show talks:

We will be running post show talks after the 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm performance on 21st and 26th March, hosted by Mencap.

Ticket holders for 7pm shows on these dates are invited to attend the 7.30pm post show talk, but must inform Box Office upon arrival.

Talks will last 20 minutes and will take place in the 'Waiting Room'.

Information for schools, advocacy and community groups:

Want to go deeper into the MADHOUSE? 

Access All Areas is offering free workshops exploring the themes and legacy of the production, for groups of up to 10 participants with learning disabilities. 

Co-facilitated by learning disabled trainers, workshops last approximately 60 minutes, are designed to be accessible for all and can take place at your venue. 

Please contact helen@accessallareastheatre.org for more information and to book.

 

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Queer Fun
Jun
13
3:00 PM15:00

Queer Fun

Duckie and Queen Mary University of London invite you to an afternoon of chin-scratching and high-kicking, during which having fun is to be taken very, very seriously indeed.

Join performers, researchers and punters for a half-day event, programmed by Ben Walters, exploring whether some forms of enjoyment can be considered properly queer and how they might shape the world.


Liselle Terret and Emma Selwyn/Not F..kin’ Sorry

Neurodivergent and learning disabled actors stick a middle finger up at the ableist gaze by performing forbidden behaviours and desires. Less stigma management, more stimming. 

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Madhouse, My House? Exhibition at Hackney Museum
Feb
2
to May 20

Madhouse, My House? Exhibition at Hackney Museum

An interactive and accessible exhibition exploring the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities.

Until the 1980s many people with learning disabilities were forced to live in hospitals for 'idiots', 'imbeciles' and the 'feeble minded'. Explore life at St. Leonard's using the stories of two ex-patients: Harvey Waterman and Mabel Cooper. 

Thursday 2nd February - Friday 20th May
Hackney Museum, E8 1GQ

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Misfit Analysis UK Tour 2016
Sep
23
to Oct 15

Misfit Analysis UK Tour 2016

After a multi-award winning, sell out London run, The Misfit Analysis goes on tour!

Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. He’s taught all the actors on ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ how to be autistic. They’re very good at it.

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MADHOUSE catch the baby
Sep
3
6:30 PM18:30

MADHOUSE catch the baby

Cian is London’s oldest baby. At 6ft tall, he struggles to fit into his cot. But fit he must – this is where people think he should stay…
 
Join Cian and his child-minder as he tries to makes sense of her trying to make sense of people trying to make sense of him. Just don’t let him out of your sight! He keeps trying to run away … such a handful.

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The Misfit Analysis at VAULT Festival
Mar
2
to Mar 6

The Misfit Analysis at VAULT Festival

Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. But he’s not an idiot.

Journeying through the mischievous mind of a fascinating man, ‘The Misfit Analysis’ takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in a captivating exploration of an autistic mind.

"Definitely and defiantly different. ... Inside Binchy's head is utterly fascinating and wildly creative" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Eye Queue Hear
May
1
to Sep 30

Eye Queue Hear

Access All Areas take you on a ground-breaking audio-tour performance through the sights and smells of your local streets to watch and listen in on actors with learning disabilities and their fantastic perceptions of urban life.

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The Trial
Feb
28
to Apr 27

The Trial

Through East London’s nooks and crannies, The Trial is a version of Kafka’s famous work spread across Hoxton. The audience follow Joseph K as he searches for the reason why he’s been arrested and discovers a sinister fate.

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Me You Hoxton Too
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Me You Hoxton Too

Join us for a walk through Hoxton street to discover the stories behind your community. 

Part of Shoreditch Festival ‘Hoxton Street Party’, Me You Hoxton Too is a multi-media installation at PEER gallery, followed by performances by Access All Areas throughout Hoxton Street. In collaboration with Dustin O’Hara

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