Access All Areas launches search for Creative Collaborators

Access All Areas today launches the search for creative collaborators, producers, partners and enablers to work with learning disabled and autistic artists on a research and development project at Battersea Arts Centre.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Elevate programme, we have been working with the London Theatre Consortium to offer 3 separate weeks of research and development for new projects created by the 12 learning disabled and artistic artists that form our Performance Company.

The first 2 projects were:

  • The Bareface Collective with The Fix at Lyric Hammersmith, October 2017
  • Not Your Circus Dogs with Not Fuckin’ Sorry at Soho Theatre, February 2018

Our third and final residency will be at Battersea Arts Centre the week commencing 8th October 2018, comprising of three separate pieces:

#binariesbegone by Emma Selwyn

It’s 2068 at the 50th anniversary exhibition of the #binariesbegone movement. Join Sylvie as she/they bring us into the historical gendered world of 2018 where girls will be girls and boys will be boys and where diversity is not yet an outlawed term. What an archaic world that was. We’re now thankful that the revolution really did equalise our everyday relations and difference is no more.

Emma is looking for a collaborator with professional experience or understanding of gender and performance, and a level of autism awareness.

Terry Huggett: Visions of Me

Terry draws us into the forever moment of a bodiless persona full of hope for a new world – but is brought crashing down to the painful reality of life as a disabled person. The piece is inspired by Beckett as well as the hopes and struggles of living with a disability in a seemingly uncaring world.

Terry is looking for a collaborator with professional experience of disability arts, experience and politics.

Dayo Koleosho and Lee Philips: Everyday DayLee

Lee and Dayo are forever in love. Well, they are in love with the idea of love, but sadly it has never worked out. They've been hurt before, and it hurt real bad. Two guys with learning disabilities go on a quest to imagine their future meeting the right partner. But what stops us from being stuck in a forever loop of rejection?

Dayo and Lee are looking for a collaborator with professional experience in movement, dance and/or physical theatre.

Nick Llewellyn, Access All Areas' Artistic Director, says:

Each of our artists are looking for different collaborators to support them in the next stage of development. This could be as equal creative collaborators, producers and/or support them with their specific access needs. Each artist has a support plan and has a clear idea of the skills they need to make their shows a reality. Access All Areas will provide training, mentoring and support to enable the artists to bring their creative work to fruition.

Emma Selwyn, on collaboration:

When I start creating any work, I always have more ideas than can realistically go in one piece. My creative enabler supported me to narrow my focus and hone these ideas into a cohesive final piece. Collaborating with someone gives a space for learning new performance and devising skills, someone to bounce technical ideas off and practical support with admin side of being a theatre maker. Creative partnerships have helped challenge and improve my skills and knowledge of just how much goes into creating a piece.

For full information about the opportunity, visit our Vacancies page.