Artist Development

We work with organisations such as the Live Art Development Agency, Soho Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre to support artists in our Performance Company to create their own work.

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Upcoming BAC residency

With the support of Battersea Arts Centre, we are developing three new pieces of performance during October 2018: 

  • #binariesbegone by Emma Selwyn, exploring gender and diversity
  • Visions of Me by Terry Huggett, inspired by Beckett and exploring disability 
  • Everyday DayLeeby Dayo Koleosho and Lee Philips, which explores finding love when living with a learning disability

We're currently searching for Creative Collaborators for each piece. You can find out more and get involved here.

The Misfit Analysis

Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. He’s taught lots of famous actors how to be autistic. They’re very good at it. 

Developed from an initian ten minute piece into an award-winning solo show, we supported Cian Binchy in his application to Arts Council England to take The Misfit Analysis on two national tours. The piece was most recently performed in Puebla, Mexico.

The BareFace Collective

An emerging theatre company, putting disabled artists centre stage.

Arresting, vibrant and unique, their work aims to create an artistic community that is more varied and relevant.

Their debut production Fix Us was shortlisted for The Pleasance Charlie Hartill Award 2018.

Following development with Open Senses UK and ALRA, the Collective will be bringing Fix Us to new audiences in London from September.

My Hands and Feet Are Wiggling

Emma graduated from our Performance Making Diploma in 2016.

Her work is characteristically upbeat, playful and irreverent and embraces the non-normative.

She explores autism, gender and sexuality.

She shared her piece My Hands and Feet are Wiggling at Steakhouse Live in October 2016 and was shortlisted for the Spectrum Arts Award 2018.


Not F**kin' Sorry

Not F**kin' Sorry is a punk rock, queer, crip cabaret featuring six learning disabled and autistic artists, who perform under the title NOt YoUr CiRcUs doG.

It is confrontational, loud, sexy and angry, and throws back the discrimination
constantly experienced by people with
learning disabilities at the neurotypical.

It was originally devised on Access All Areas' Performance Making Diploma, before being extended and developed with the support of Soho Theatre

The piece has been performed at Bar WoteverDuckie is 21 and at Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre.


Pullen's Party

Performance Company members Adam Smith and Emma Selwyn were chosen to work with fellow disabled-led theatre company Vital Xposure to work on a new production to be presented at Liberty Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Pullen's Party explores the story of James Henry Pullen, long-term resident Earlswood Asylum. A talented, self-taught carpenter, during his lifetime of imprisonment Pullen created a magnificent and humongous puppet to act as his guardian.