Removing Barriers: A Practical Introduction to Disability Equality

Removing Barriers: A Practical Introduction to Disability Equality

11.00am to 5.30pm

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. This course will help you be the change.  

Build your confidence and knowledge in discussing and tackling access within your organisation. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions to ensure that the day is relevant to your area of work. Return energised and inspired, with practical ideas you can implement the next day. 

"Michèle was amazing! She was knowledgable, accommodating and inspiring. She really made this course!"

"Michèle was an excellent facilitator, encouraging open discussion and her fluid approach to what we wanted to gain from the day was fantastic."

"Really well informed and engaging training."

Removing Barriers will provide you with a solid foundation on which to base your planning and policy-making around disability equality in your organisation.  

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Want to learn more?

After attending this course, you will be able to attend the Removing Barriers Follow-On Day for further in depth learning and insight tailored to your needs. 

Removing Barriers is part of our range of our range of training options to help you support d/Deaf and Disabled Access for Audiences and Workforce in Theatre.  


Buy 2 places get 1 free place - email to redeem offer  

The course covers the following areas: 

  • The case for disability equality at your theatre
  • Basic facts and figures and an introduction to your duties under the Equality Act (2010)
  • An exploration of tools and resources, including case studies and appropriate terminology
  • Discussion of the ‘way we do things’, examining those things we take for granted in our organisations that may be working against our equality aspirations
  • This course is suitable for anyone working in theatre; disability equality is not just a front of house responsibility, but must permeate your organisation if there is to be real impact


  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Social Model of disability and its implications for the way theatres work
  • Be able to critique the cultural assumptions of your organisation in order to minimise the impact of unconscious bias in your organisation
  • Be able to describe your main duties under the Equality Act (2010)
  • Have the beginnings of an action plan for embedding disability equality in your theatre
  • Have ideas for where to go for further information

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.


UK Theatre & SOLT Member (after 14 October 2019), ITC, FST, ABO and ABTT Members

UK Theatre & SOLT Member early-bird - book before 14 January 2020.


 Buy 2 places get 1 free place - email to redeem offer  

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