A one-day conference on Learning Disability and the Main Stage.

How do we open up our main stages to Learning Disabled performers? How do we build structures of support that encourage Learning Disabled Artists to flourish? How do we ensure Learning Disability is central to the diversity debate?

Are we ‘On The Verge’ of a breakthrough?

‘On The Verge’ will examine these questions frankly and supportively through a dynamic and thought-provoking day of conversations, workshops and performances. The conference brings together performers, directors, programmers and casting directors to create a platform for sharing best practice across arts organisations.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
  • Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC
  • Charlotte Bevan, Director of Creative Diversity, the National Theatre
  • Henry Normal, Writer and Comedian
  • Sarah Gordy, Performer
  • Richard Hayhow and BecauseWeCanCanCan
  • Ben Pettit-Wade, Hijinx Theatre

Breakout sessions and other presentations:

  • Richard Newnham and Dan McGowan, Hijinx Theatre
  • Cian Binchy and Nick Llewellyn, Access all Areas
  • Freefall Dance Co, Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Members of the Creative team for ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’
  • Birmingham Communication and Autism Team

Every conference delegate receives a FREE ticket to a performance by the National Theatre at Birmingham Hippodrome of the Relaxed Performance of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ on Mon 3 July at 7.30pm.

Special overnight deals are available with Penta Hotel. Please request a voucher code on booking your conference tickets.

Photo: Stuart Hollis