About Us

Access All Areas makes urban, disruptive performance by learning disabled and autistic artists. 

As well as mounting professional touring productions through our performance company, we run a range of exciting and innovative projects for people with a broad range of learning disabilities. We deliver the Performance Making Diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama and have an industry-first partnership with agency Simon & How to represent seven professional actors with learning disabilities.

We believe passionately in the importance of including learning disabled artistic voices at all levels of society, to help create an artistic community that is made more vibrant, more varied and more relevant by including a range of voices.

Our History

Access All Areas was formed in 1976 by Elsie Pilbeam as The Rainbow Theatre Group. 

Between 1976 and 2007 a record of 63 shows were devised and performed by The Rainbow Theatre Group.

Learn more by looking at our archive gallery or by watching videos from past shows on YouTube.

Our Funders

The work of Access All Areas is made possible by the generous support of trusts, foundations, statutory/local authorities, organisations and individuals who give their time, money and expertise.

On behalf of our participants, staff and trustees: thank you. 

Funders and supporters include

Arts Council England, BBC Performing Arts Fund, BIG Lottery, City Bridge Trust, Garrick Charitable Trust, Goldsmith’s Charitable Trust, Grocer’s Charitable Trust, Hackney Council, Henry Smith Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund, Hoxton Hall, Mercer’s Charitable Trust, Merchant Taylor’s Charitable Trust, Pleasance Theatre, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, Souter’s Charitable Trust, The Barbican, The Guardian University Awards, The Leverhulme Trust, The Percy Bilton Charity, The Robert Gavron Trust, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Wellcome Trust, The Worshipful Company of Tinplate Makers, The 29th May 1961 Charity, Trusthouse, The Evening Standard Disposessed Fund and Unity Trust.