Performance Making Diploma for Learning Disabled Adults (Leverhulme Arts Scholarships)

An opportunity for adults with a learning disability to undertake professional performance training, focusing on physicality, voice, and collaboration and devising.

Performance Making Diploma for learning disabled adults (Leverhulme Arts Scholarships)

    Course fee

    £390 for 2016

The Performance Making Diploma is a one year, part-time, day time, evening and weekend course (September to July) that develops performance making skills in devised theatre.

Working in partnership with learning disabled theatre company, Access All Areas, there are 15 heavily subsidised scholarships funded by the Leverhulme Trust available, as part of their Arts Scholarships programme.

This course is an opportunity for those adults with a learning disability wishing to undertake professional performance training. It develops your skills as a performer with specific classes in physicality, giving voice, collaboration and devising, politics of performance, the performing arts industry, together with a final production.

The course draws on current practice in learning disability culture and aesthetics and reaffirms the performer as co-creator in authoring devised performance. You will also look at audition technique, with particular reference to acting for television and film.

In the final summer term, you will rehearse and perform in one of Central’s fully equipped theatres. Please note that this is not an agents’ showcase.

On completion of the course you should expect to:

  • Attain a practical skill set of the tools necessary to embark on a career as a performer
  • Create and broaden your performance understanding and begin to constructively examine your own performance skills as well as other company members
  • Develop a professional work ethic which enables you to work to the highest standard possible in a rehearsal/workshop environment
  • Approach performance through the body and visual theatre.


To apply for a place on the course, you should:

  • Have a learning disability
  • Want to gain training in performance and theatre devising skills
  • Wish to study part time whilst working
  • Like to gain confidence and enhance communication skills
  • Enjoy performing and would like a practical experience in a professional environment.

We are looking for applicants that:

  • Have a passion for theatre and performance
  • Have some acting experience
  • Show commitment to the subject
  • Work well in a team
  • Have good discipline and  time keeping
  • Want to learn performance skills in a practical way.

How To Apply

The application and audition process for 2016/17 entry has now been completed.

Term Dates

We hope to offer this course again in Sept 2018 and are currently seeking funding to make this possble. If if you would like to be kept up to date please email