Visual Impairment Awareness Training (VIAT)

Visual Impairment Awareness Training for artists and practitioners aims to support a wide range of theatre practitioners with the understanding, skills and confidence to plan and deliver workshops, classes and rehearsal room activity. This is to ensure the inclusion of blind and visually impaired team members.

Extant run a two-session training programme: session one on Zoom and session two in the room (in accordance with Covid-19 safety guidelines). Each session is 3.5 hours long.

This training is based on the Social Model of Disability. Participants have the opportunity to apply the work in session two by trying out activities, followed by feedback from the trainers. The training is led by two blind/visually impaired Extant VIAT trainers.

VIAT has been delivered to:

Extant’s freelance pool, Camden People’s Theatre, London improvisation groups, The Actors Centre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Young Vic, ALRA, Drama Studio, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, Common Wealth Theatre, and Improbable.

A group of five young white people standing in a half semi circle listening to the young man in the middle, who has his arm out mid-speech
Participants in VI Trap training at Common Wealth Theatre

Feedback from participants

“The conversations I feel I am able to have are more nuanced and deeper than before.” 

“I found all the content invaluable and the relaxed style freeing.”

“Thank you, this was so brilliant. I have a new confidence and it has made me excited for future projects.”

Two young women - an East Asian and white woman walking side by side with a chopstick balanced vertically from each of their fingertips. Three other workshop participants are walking around the room.

To find out more about accessing VIAT sessions, please contact [email protected] 

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