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503Studio: Silent Approach Workshop

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503Studio Masterclass: Silent Approach Workshop, Separate Doors

Separate Doors is a UK wide initiative with a national integrated ensemble of actors with and without learning disabilities. The company works using the Silent Approach, a non-verbal Stanislavsky based method which gives actors with little speech access to text-based work. Experienced in all aspects of producing general audience theatre featuring neurodivergent actors they will run a session on

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Write with, and for, actors with learning disabilities using the Silent Approach – practical tips plus a panel discussion about the representation of neurodivergent actors in theatre, film and TV.

Artistic Director Ness Brooks, playwright, producer and director, Separate Doors founder and creator of the Silent Approach is joined by the company’s New Writing Associate Judith Johnson PhD, playwright and academic. Tools and exercises will offer writers and directors insights into making work with leading roles for actors with learning disabilities. The second part of the session will be a panel discussion exploring the role of the writer in making this kind of integrated work, in both theatre and TV.

This session is funded by the Noel Coward Foundation.

Thanks to our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

To express interest in a bursary place through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us.

If you have any access requirements, you can let us know here. If you would rather discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them prior to booking, please get in touch with us here.

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Running time of workshop: 2 hours – delivered at Theatre503. A portion of spaces have been reserved for Share the Drama places.

To sign up for advanced booking for future iterations of the 503Studio: Writers Programme, please join the waiting list here.


Separate Doors National Ensemble actor Rebekah Hill.
Separate Doors National Ensemble actor Rebekah Hill.
Separate Doors National Ensemble actor Yana Penrose and Paul Wilson.
Separate Doors National Ensemble actor Yana Penrose and Paul Wilson.



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