A pioneering training programme for D/deaf and disabled young people (aged 17-26).

In response to barriers faced by many D/deaf and disabled artists, as well as a lack of diversity within the current theatre climate, Graeae’s groundbreaking new work-based training programme launched its six-month pilot in October 2015. Over this period, six artists between the ages of 19 and 22 undertook intensive acting and theatre-making training with highly qualified freelance and drama school practitioners.

Features of the Ensemble training programme included:

  • Vocal Preparation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Approaches to Devising
  • Approaches to Classical Text
  • New Writing
  • Theatre for Social Change
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Rehearsals and Production Tour, directed by Graeae’s Artistic Team
  • Performance Showcase attended by directors, producers and casting agents from across the UK theatre industry
  • Mentoring
  • Professional development and employment opportunities beyond the programme

The first in-take of Ensemble artists in 2015-16 was Jamal Ajala, Kellan Frankland, Poppy Hammond, Joshua King, Vanessa Smith and David Young.

‘I have grown more than I could have imagined….This was the best way to start my career as an actor.’
Josh King, Ensemble Artist 2015-16

‘The strongest quality of the Ensemble programme is that it provides a unique learning experience in equal measure for young people involved, as well as for organisations…the programme definitely lives up to its name.’
Rhiannon Fisher, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (2015-16 partner).

  • Support Gavin Pilcher to help raise money!

    Gavin Pilcher is taking part in the RunUltra Sahara Race in Namibia, to help raise funds for a second year of our Ensemble programme. In 2007, Gavin came together with 3 industry colleagues to raise money for a small children’s charity based in South London. The result was over £400K raised and completing a series […]