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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BAC residency

With the support of Battersea Arts Centre, our supported artists developed 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 DayLee, by Dayo Koleosho and Lee Philips, which explores finding love when living with a learning disability

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 initial 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.

Fix Us

BareFace Collective is 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.

The BareFace Collective performed Fix Us at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 1-25 August 2019.

My Hands and Feet Are Wiggling

Xandri graduated from our Performance Making Diploma in 2016.

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

They explore autism, gender and sexuality.

They shared their 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 doGs.

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.

Not F**kin' Sorry will be at Soho Theatre 29 October - 1 November 2019.


Pullen's Party

Performance Company members Adam Smith and Xandri 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.