Both Binchy and Robertson are practically evangelical about the course, which is run by the charity Access All Areas (AAA), a theatre company in Hackney for adults with learning disabilities.
Binchy, 25, describes it as giving him a newfound confidence (or in his words, it made him “stick [his] Kanye on”), and his show aims to explore the autistic mind and question the place of disability in society. It is categorically “not Rain Man”.
Nick Llewellyn, the artistic director of AAA (who is neurotypical), agrees that confidence is crucial for the actors he supports.
“It’s about enabling people to feel confident about who they are as a person and not just trying to fit in with everybody else. To embrace their difference, use it within their work and to inspire other people to see that difference is interesting, that difference is complicated.”
But the Central diploma takes one step further to help its participants carve out legitimate careers in the arts.