Us in the News

We believe passionately in ensuring learning disabled artists have recognition for their achievement, talent and skills. 



April 17, 2016

We were excited to see our actors on our Performance Making Diploma, Cian and Jules on Channel 4 News. 

11th December 2014

Lyn Gardner wrote about us in The Guardian, describing our Diploma Course as having "The power to change theatre" 

Read it here

April 8th, 2016

Jules and Kathy charm Amanda as they talk on Lorraine about their experience with Jules' "frankness" and how he finds his role on Holby City. 

Tuesday 1 March 2016

How 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year for actors with autism on stage and screen


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.


Read the full article here