d/Deaf and Disabled Access for Audiences and Workforce in Theatre

d/Deaf and Disabled Access for Audiences and Workforce in Theatre

Whether you work front of house or behind the scenes; are new to the sector or are a senior leader, everyone has a role to play in making theatre inclusive for all.  Ask questions and discuss the issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Start with the foundations

Build your confidence and knowledge in discussing and tackling access within your organisation with:

Gain an overview and understanding of the Deaf community in the UK and how this affects their experience of attending the theatre with:

Extend your learning

Once you have attended ‘Removing Barriers’ you are invited to attend a Follow-On Day in for further in-depth training.    

Our tutor Michèle Taylor will create an interactive and engaging day based on our additional modules and tailored to the needs of attendees.

Additional Modules

Our additional modules delve into specific areas and are available as full day courses on request to those who have completed a disability equality foundation course. Additional modules include:

Email events@soltukt.co.uk for further information and to express your interest.

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Michèle Taylor is Director for Change at Ramps on the Moon, the Arts Council funded consortium of mid-scale mainstream theatres seeking to increase the number and visibility of D/deaf and disabled people in the industry. She has been delivering training in disability issues for nearly thirty years and has a background as a theatre practitioner, including work with Graeae Theatre. She is committed to ensuring that D/deaf and disabled people’s stories are told in our theatres.

Michèle’s training sessions are interactive and dynamic, with space to bring doubts, anxieties and concerns as well as strategies, ideas and enthusiasm.

Michèle is a registered member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners.


Jeni Draper is Artistic Director of fingersmiths, a visual physical theatre company performing plays in BSL and spoken/written English and also a freelance director. Jeni is a qualified sign language interpreter specialising in performing arts. She runs workshops and delivers consultancy for theatres nationally, interpreters and for young people.

Daryl Jackson is a sign language consultant and linguistic expert in translation. He has worked with many theatres, TV and film companies in this role, monitoring actors and presenters. He has taught Interpreting and Sign Theatre at Universities and regularly delivers workshops nationally. Daryl is also an actor and TV presenter.

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