Consultancy and Training
Our inclusive team can support venues in assessing & improving attitudinal & physical access, as well as help producing organisations to embed access within their performance work.
Through Taking Flight, you can work with a Deaf Consultant and a Blind Consultant. We also offer BSL Consultancy, Audio Description Consultancy, Creative Access Consultancy and Access Coordination. We’ve been making accessible, inclusive theatre for 15 years and have expertise to offer on a wide range of consultancy. Think of us as your one stop shop for a wealth of knowledge and experience in embedding Creative Access in your organisation!
If you’d like to discuss how we can help your organisation, get in touch.
We offer a four-part training package in working inclusively. This includes:
Introduction to Working Inclusively
Led by our team of Deaf, blind, and disabled practitioners, this full day course is the ultimate introduction to working inclusively. Through hands on, practical activities throughout; this training delves into the basics of Deaf awareness, blind awareness, and general disability awareness. We’ll cover everything from the language we use, the models of Deafness/disability, do’s and don’ts and our coveted top tips! From access riders to spoon theory and more, our introduction to working inclusively is your one stop shop for everything you need to know.
This course must be completed before your organisation can move on to the following intensive courses:
Deaf Awareness Intensive Training
Following on from the basics covered within the introduction to working inclusively workshop, our one-day intensive Deaf awareness workshops teach you everything you need to know about making your work and/or your venue welcoming Deaf patrons and Deaf staff members alike. Full of hands on, practical activities, this workshop covers everything from learning about the different types of Deafness, communication preferences, how to communicate with a Deaf person in basic BSL, lipreading tips and tricks and more. This is a Deaf-led workshop led in BSL with BSL/English interpreters.
Blind Awareness Intensive Training
Following on from the basics covered within the introduction to working inclusively workshop, our intensive blind awareness workshops are bespoke to your organisation; filled to the brim with practical activities galore to get your staff thinking about how to apply these tools within real life scenarios. This workshop is led by our blind practitioner Tafsila Khan.
Sector Specific Disability Awareness Training
Following on from the basics covered within the introduction to working inclusively workshop this workshop delves into everything you need to know about disability awareness within the theatre sector. The session involves lots of hands-on, interactive activities with tips and tools you can use in real life scenarios in your organisation.
All courses are run by our expert team of Deaf, Blind and Disabled training facilitators.
For more information on our training packages or to discuss something more bespoke for your team, please contact Steph Bailey Scott, our Access, Participation and Inclusion Manager.
We also run training events for Deaf, disabled & non-disabled creative professionals; offering opportunities for performers & theatre practitioners to hone their own skills. These include:
- Clowning and physical comedy workshops
- 2 week facilitator training course plus placement scheme for emerging disabled & non-disabled leaders.
- Early career creatives programme – 18 month programme combining master classes, workshops, work placements, mentoring and networking – having already run successfully as part of our Breaking the Box project our ECC scheme be running again in 2024, please join our mailing list or follow us on social media for more info.
- Creative enabler training with Hijinx – coming in the Spring 2024, please join our mailing list or follow us on social media for more info.
- BSL level 1 intensive for arts professionals (lead by Sarona `Training).
- Audio Description for theatre, led by Dr Louise Fryer.
- We hope to launch an inclusive training route for Early Career performers as an alternative to Drama School in 2024/25, please join our mailing list or follow us on social media for more info.
We have recently worked with Dr Louise Fryer to train a team of Audio Describers, including describers who can work in Welsh. We can work with you to arrange an audio describer to audio describe your production or event. We also have the full technical kit required to audio describe events, which can be booked with or without a Taking Flight Audio Describer. Get in touch.
As well as our regular partners at Pontio, Theatrau Sir Gar and RCT Theatres, our training and consultancy clients include:
Taking Flight Theatre
Chapter Arts Centre
Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE
029 2023 0020
Youth Theatre meets at:
University of South Wales
86-88 Adam St
Cardiff CF24 2FN
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