Inclusivity and Disability Workshop with Amy Leach and Ben Wilson - Bring a Buddy Tickets

Friday 26 February 2021, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Bring a Buddy to our Inclusivity and Disability Workshop!

New to DMTS? Never been to a workshop before? You can bring a friend and attend the workshop (virtually) together! Your friend can be a non-member or a member, and your tickets will cost just £8 altogether (£4 each!). Please note that if you aren’t living with your buddy, you should follow the lockdown and each join the event remotely - we will send you both separate zoom links!


Over the last few years, blind Theatre Maker and Actor Ben Wilson and Director Amy Leach (Associate Director, Leeds Playhouse) have been on an adventure in their creative practice - exploring the artistic potential of making theatre accessible to blind, deaf and disabled audiences and artists. This practical session will explore the importance and creative potential of equality and representation for deaf and disabled people within the theatre industry. It will provide inspiration for making access a creative element of productions rather than an after-thought, and focus particularly on how the unique creative opportunities of audio description can improve and transform your creative practice.

Amy is Associate Director of the Leeds Playhouse (previously West Yorkshire Playhouse), with extensive experience in directing, working with young people and with disabled artists. Recently, Amy directed an adaptation of Oliver Twist by Bryony Lavery for Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon. This production featured an integrated company of D/deaf and disabled artists, and integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning at all performances.

Ben is currently working as The Agent for Change at Sheffield Theatres as part of Ramps on the Moon. He has worked for a number of years as an actor, writer, director and workshop facilitator – often having to overcome prejudice and barriers due to his visual impairment. Ben is also the co-founder and associate artist of award-winning theatre company Brick Wall Ensemble.

*We don’t want the cost of workshops to be a barrier for anyone so have made a few subsidised places available. Please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] and we can discuss how we could best support you. There are also two free places available for DMTS members and non-members who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour). To apply, please email us by 23:59 on Friday 19th February with a brief (no more than 100 words!) description of why you would like to attend this workshop. 

*This workshop is open to disabled and non-disabled students, please inform us about any accessibility requirements by emailing [email protected] by 23:59 on Friday 19th February and we can discuss how we could best support you

Date & Time: Friday 26th February 2021 – 6:30-9:30pm

Location: Online Workshop