'Raising the Game' Workshop

Focusing on equal access for all, aimed at educating and encouraging existing Youth Theatre Leaders/Directors, a weekend of 'Raising The Game 2016' workshops took place on 8th/9th October.

Led by PAD's Emily Howlett and guest facilitator Nicola Miles-Wildin from Toucan Theatre, the sessions explored how to integrate access for Youth Theatre participants with a range of additional needs, and incorporating access aesthetics into performances and drama presentations.

'Play in a Day'

Working with both the NDCS (National Deaf Children's Society) and Attenbourgh Arts Centre, Emily Howlett and Lara Steward led a wonderful, fun filled workshop to create a play in a day in October.

The whole day was filmed by Samuel Dore.

The young deaf young people came up with their own ideas, characters, themes and everything else that is needed to create a play.

By the end of the day they had developed an exciting play which they showed to their family

Troubadour's Toolkit

A series of two-day arts exploration workshops for young people, Troubadour’s Toolkit was a huge success. Fully inclusive, with BSL interpreters, the sessions took place in August 2015 at Derby LIVE.

The team explored four areas of the arts; Drama, led by Sean Chandler; Dance, led by Rebecca-Anne Withey; Music, led by Jon Dafydd-Kidd and Storytelling, led by Lara Steward.

With no previous experience, the participants were encouraged to ‘have a go’ in a fully supportive and friendly environment.

“I am just sad that there are only two days – can we do a week next time?”

“I loved working together to tell the stories, and the chainsaw game!”

“It was wonderful to work with a Deaf-led organisation and seeing the total acceptance of this from young participants. This project was truly about EVERYONE getting involved and having a good time.”


If you are interested in booking tailored, accessible workshops, please contact us to discuss how we can help.


All of our workshops are tailored to meet your requirements; devised and delivered by the PAD team in collaboration with our freelance artists.

We can create fully-accessible sessions which:

  • Explore themes from any of our past or current productions
  • Explore the arts (drama, music, dance, masks, puppetry, storytelling, etc.)
  • Educate about Deaf awareness
  • Build teams and promote good working relationships 
  • All of our workshops are fully accessible. This means that we can cater for diverse, mixed groups of mainstream, Deaf and disabled participants, from any age range and any background. 

If you are interested in booking an existing workshop, or discussing your specific requirements, please contact us via the contact form.

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Last updated 5th September 2017