08 October 2018
Pathways’ is a four-year-long programme with three strands:
In the first year, we will be focussing on those who have shown interest, talent, commitment and enthusiasm for a career as a performer. In subsequent years we will expand the programme to work with visually impaired writers and directors as well. In the first year, the training programme will involve monthly workshops; mentoring sessions; and individualised support for participants. The training programme will include practical workshops exploring:
The actors will have a showcase performance at RADA Studios on Wednesday, 3 April 2019.
We're delighted to announce that in its first year, Pathways will be supporting Danielle Evans, Anthony Gough and Alex Williams from the North West; Chloe and Judith MacCombe from Northern Ireland, Megan John and Jake Sawyers from Cardiff, as well as Douglas Walker from Bristol who some may have seen at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer in his one-person comedy show ‘Of Christmas Past’.
In addition, Extant plans to monitor and disseminate findings regarding accessibility of mainstream training opportunities for visually impaired people and promoting the benefits of accessible mainstream training.
Peter Corbett, CEO of Thomas Pocklington Trust, said, “We are delighted to be supporting Extant and the Pathways programme. As well as helping to develop the careers of a number of people from across the whole of the UK, this is a great way of getting key messages to the public about the talents of people with sight loss and the modest adjustments needed to enable them to fully participate in all activities on a level playing field with their sighted peers”.
Notes to editors: Pathways has been made possible further to vital funding from Arts Council England; The Leathersellers’ Company and Thomas Pocklington Trust.
Extant is Britain's leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people is led by Artistic Director and CEO Maria Oshodi. Extant has become an innovation in arts management and creative practice, bringing a unique cultural perspective of visual impairment to broaden employment, training and consultancy through the arts.
Readers can be directed to find out more information about how to get involved in any capacity by contacting:
Pathways Programme Manager
020 7820 3737
Communications and Development Coordinator
020 7820 3737
The White House, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
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