Defiantly different
— The Guardian on Access All Areas
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Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, 5 learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground.

A goddess, a baby, a bird, an eater and an escapist guide us through a maze-like institution, growling to be heard, and waiting for the revolution that is forever promised.

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

Over two years, MADHOUSE re:exit has built on the legacy of Mabel Cooper, a resident of a long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities, who pressed the button that blew up one of the last of these institutions in the UK. Now, award winning theatre company Access All Areas returns with a fantastical, disruptive, immersive experience that explores what this history means today.


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Developed with Barbican Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre, Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, and the Open University.


Tuesday 13th March - Wednesday 28th March 2018 at Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Thursday 17th - Saturday 26th May 2018 at Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Manchester

Madhouse, My House?

Access All Areas was funded to run a three-year digital and creative learning programme to accompany MADHOUSE re:exit production to ensure that as wide an audience as possible, of all different abilities, could engage in the performance and surrounding activities.