Access All Areas makes urban, disruptive performance by learning disabled and autistic artists.
As well as creating immersive theatre productions through our performance company, we:
- provide artist development to 12 artists, working with organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre, the Live Art Development Agency and London Theatre Consortium
- have an industry-first partnership with agency Simon & How to represent seven professional actors with learning disabilities
- deliver the Performance Making Diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama
- run a range of exciting and innovative projects for people with a broad range of learning disabilities
- train organisations in best practice skills of working with people with learning disabilities and autism
Access All Areas was formed in 1976 as The Rainbow Theatre Group. In 2009, Nick Llewellyn took over as Artistic Director, and the company underwent rapid development, exploring both the participatory and professional artistic abilities of artists with learning disabilities and autism.
Access All Areas won the 2015 Guardian University Award for Student Diversity and Widening Participation, was nominated in the 2018 National Diversity Awards and was a finalist in the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards 2017 and the Living Wage Awards 2018. In 2017, Access All Areas was awarded National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status by Arts Council England.
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.
Current funders include Arts Council England, Charles S French Charitable Trust, City Bridge Trust, Esmee Faibairn Foundation, Hackney Council, Henry Smith Foundation and The Wellcome Trust.
Access All Areas was a founding partner of the BELONG manifesto that champions a better life for people with learning disabilities and autism. It has created the MADHOUSE wiki for the Inclusive Archive, as well as a variety of resource packs for professionals working with people with learning disabilities.
It works alongside charities, authorities and organisations of all sizes, from local to national, to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities and autism.