Separate Doors 3

Separate Doors Artistic Director Vanessa Brooks at the Young Vic

In 2019 Separate Doors 3 explored the creative possibilities of making general audience work which includes vocational actors with learning disabilities. 

In February Vanessa Brooks led day long Silent Approach masterclasses an integrated ensemble (actors with and without learning disabilities) at the Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield.

  • On day 1 the masterclass was with Directors from leading venues, looking at rehearsal process and method.
  • On day 2 the masterclass was with Theatre Makers focusing on integrated ensemble collaboration.
  • On day 3 the masterclass was with established Playwrights focusing on text and story.

Up to 30 guest observers were in the rehearsal room and challenged the process at the end of each day.

In June Separate Doors hosted a day long forum at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for 75 industry representatives.  A panel of leading actors with learning disabilities, a panel of Playwrights and panel of leaders from learning disability focused ally companies debated the representation of people with learning disabilities in general audience theatre.

All activity, plus interviews with key producers, writers and artists are recorded in the third Separate Doors report widely disseminate in print format and available digitally in 2021.

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