Inclusive Practice - Disability

Inclusive Practice - our work with d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse young people 

At the National Youth Theatre we want to create a culture that is inclusive, creative and collaborative. We celebrate all the ways we are different and aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and do their best work.

 Inclusive Practice is essential to the work that we do, and we want to make sure that NYT is always a welcoming and accessible place for disabled and neuro diverse young people. As part of this commitment we are a Cultural Inclusion Manifesto supporter, and run a programme of targeted work which has recently included successful partnerships with London SEND schools Highshore and Samuel Rhodes, inclusion training for all NYT staff, associate artists and inclusion ambassadors, the introduction of relaxed performances and auditions, commissions foregrounding disabled stories and successful creative collaborations with sector leaders Diverse City, Extraordinary Bodies and Touretteshero. 

Find out about our new Inclusive Practice Collective

Here's a little more about the work we do...


 

Opportunities for d/Deaf, Disabled and Neurodiverse Young People 

Want to become a NYT Member? 

Sign up to the NYT Hub to access workshops, resources, and auditions to join NYT as a Member. If you have any access requirements, or need any support to take part in our activity please get in touch on info@nyt.org.uk

Already a NYT Member? 

Through our unique Creative Leadership programme, we offer opportunities for young people to get training in Inclusive Facilitation Practice, and gain bursary-supported or paid roles faciliating our targeted programmes for diabled and neuro diverse young people. 

Work in Schools 

Since 2018 we have been working with Highshore School in Southwark to develop our creative inclusive practice through a programme of workshops, after-school clubs, and performance opportunities. Our partnership with Highshore School has also led to the creation of a relaxed audition process, through which numerous students have become NYT Members. 

In 2019, we expanded our Inclusive Schools Programme and began working in Samuel Rhodes School in Islington. Since then we have delivered a programme of both online and on-the-ground after-school clubs, work skills through drama programmes, as well as creative projects with classes across the school. 

We’re always interested in hearing from teachers who may be interested in getting involved in our Inclusive Schools Programme. Please get in touch with participation@nyt.org.uk to find out more. 

Work with Partners

We’re grateful to have worked with some incredible partners who have supported us in developing our own inclusive practice. 

Diverse City & Extraordinary Bodies 

In 2018, we partnered with Diverse City to deliver Inclusion Training to a pool of freelance staff. Diverse City were a key part of our early work at Highshore School. In Summer 2018, we worked with  Extraordinary Bodies (A collaboration between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou) to bring together Highshore students and NYT Members to form part of the community chorus of their circus show at National Theatre in August 2018, What Am I Worth?. 

Touretteshero 

In 2020, we began a new partnership with Touretteshero to develop a new digital version of their Heroes of the Imagination Project. Since then we have worked with both Highshore School and Samuel Rhodes School to deliver virtual workshops to over 50 students – supporting them to create their very own superheroes. 

 

Inclusive Practice Training 

NYT is committed to providing training to its full time and freelance staff in Inclusive Practice, to ensure inclusive practice at the heart of our creative community and artistic work. 

As well as providing in-house training to all those who work on our auditions, courses, and inclusion projects, we have also welcomed sessions from external facilitators including Diverse City, Extraordinary Bodies, David Bellwood, and Touretteshero. 

Inclusive Practice Collective 

In February 2021 we launched our new Inclusive Practice Collective. Inspired by young people engaged in our inclusion programme and our work in schools, this new Collective will offer creativity, connection and a boost to drama provision in schools for disabled young people and will provide crucial jobs for young creatives facing unemployment.

The collective is enabled by the Government’s Kickstart Scheme and in its first year will create a programme of regular National Youth Theatre opportunities for young disabled people in 15 schools and colleges around the country and 60 paid job placements for young people on Universal Credit. 

We're currently looking for schools and cultural partners in Greater Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and West Yorkshire to get involved in the Collective. 

What's Next 

We're thrilled to currently have a number of productions exploring themes related to inclusion and disability under commission with writers Nessah Muthy and Athena Stevens. 

As well as this, a major redevelopment of our London building is currently underway in order to significantly improve the accessibility of the building - through the creation of a new welcoming entrance pavillion, and the installation of a Changing Places toilet.


If you’d like to get in touch about our Inclusion Programme or if you’d like to express interest in our programme as a school please contact participation@nyt.org.uk 


 


We’re grateful to Boshier-Hinton Foundation, the Mackintosh Foundation, and the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust for their support of our inclusion programme. 

We're grateful to the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund for their support of our work in Samuel Rhodes School. 

With thanks to Eileen Ollieuz Head Teacher, Nicholas Clark and all the students and staff at Highshore School for their warm welcome, enthusiasm, commitment and hard work. And thanks to Cerys Normanton, Chelsea Taylor-Day, Rama Mahboubi, Christie Grant and all of the staff and students at Samuel Rhodes School.