Symposium

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Let’s get beyond the basics of access & inclusion.

Let’s talk about true representation. Let’s tell important stories. Let’s make our TYA programming relevant. Let’s make theatre that resonates.

Running a venue, or festival, is challenging work. Getting bums on seats while balancing risk & reward is not easy. So what if we told you there was a way to bring in new audiences, attract new talent and support work which breaks new ground? And that we can help you do it?

A Different Way Symposium is our upcoming one-day event where you can:

      • Find answers and plot your next steps to being a better ally for access and supporting Disabled-led theatre for young audiences.
      • See 3 work-in-progress shows demonstrating inclusive commissioning in action.
      • Be part of sessions led by experts in creative accessibility from across the TYA sector, looking at commissioning, marketing, education & more.

Aimed at arts organisations both large and small, we think it is likely to appeal to programmers, commissioners, learning & outreach teams, general managers, chief execs and more.

We’ve got an amazing group of speakers joining us for the day to share their ideas and experiences. Come and listen (and chat) to people from at Graeae, Spark Arts, Ipswich New Wolsey, Mimbre, Half Moon Theatre, Z-Arts,  Without Walls/XTRAX, Imaginate Scotland and Mind the Gap… Now that’s a stellar line-up!

We’re also really excited that we’ll be giving our attendees the first sneak peek at the THREE new shows we’ve got in development! This is your first chance to see these new work-in-progress performances, devised with young Disabled and non-disabled people and looking really fresh and exciting as a result. We don’t want to give too much away, but one is called Special and explores how we navigate language in today’s society and the young people we have been working with have been incredible.

So come along for a fresh take on access and inclusion in Theatre for Young Audiences. Be part of the change as together we move TYA forward. Join us to conspire, collaborate and make a change!

Full schedule to be released soon.

Tickets available via Eventbrite, limited availability so book early to ensure you get a place.