Leeds Playhouse is proud to be part of the Ramps on the Moon consortium
Making theatre accessible for our audiences has been at the core of our organisation for many, many years; we are proud of what we have achieved in pioneering Relaxed and Dementia-Friendly Performances to enhance our offer of Audio Described, Captioned and BSL Performances.
However, alongside what we do for audiences, it is equally important that what we show on our stages reflects the society in which we live and the Ramps on the Moon project allows us to put Deaf and disabled actors at the heart of main stage productions – as ably demonstrated by the recent tours of The Government Inspector in 2016. Tommy in 2017 and Our Country’s Good in 2018.
Working with an Agent For Change we will strive to ensure we will be:
- Embedding understanding of Deaf and disabled people throughout the organisation
- Putting access on the agenda of all meetings
- Creating long term employment and training opportunities for Deaf and disabled people
- Acting as a hub within the own region to disseminate experience, information and good practice
- Casting more Deaf and disabled actors in our productions
- Making our building more accessible and welcoming to all Deaf and disabled audiences
- Actively enabling more Deaf and disabled participants in the life of our theatre
We look forward to our continued involvement with the consortium and its contribution to changing the world view of Deaf and disabled performers and audiences alike.
James Brining: Artistic Director
Robin Hawkes: Executive Director
Ramps On The Moon
Following on from the highly successful production of The Threepenny Opera in Spring 2014, and in recognition of the under representation and employment of disabled people throughout our industry, particularly in “mainstream” theatre, a consortium of theatres successfully applied for a Strategic Touring Fund to undertake a six year programme of work integrating disabled and non- disabled performers and practitioners. This programme aims to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for disabled performers and creative teams , and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics.
Since then, the Ramps On The Moon consortium as produced and toured:
The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
The Who’s Tommy The Musical
Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Leeds Playhouse will be leading on a production and tour in spring 2020
Our partners in this scheme include:
- Graeae Theatre Company
- New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
- Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- Nottingham Playhouse
- Sheffield Theatres
- Theatre Royal Stratford East