My name is Laura Guthrie and I am Nottingham Playhouse’s Agent for Change. I have been employed by the Playhouse as part of a national project, called Ramps On The Moon.
The project follows on from a highly successful production of The Threepenny Opera, (2014), which was a co-production by Nottingham Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae (using an integrated cast of disabled and non- disabled actors). Inspired by this production, Ramps on the Moon was set up in recognition of the under representation and employment of disabled people throughout the theatre industry.
Ramps on the Moon will bring six epic touring shows, with a large integrated disabled and non- disabled cast and creative team to the main stage at Nottingham over this six year project. The highly acclaimed Government Inspector was on here at Nottingham Playhouse in 2016, and in 2018 Nottingham Playhouse will be producing its own show for the Ramps On The moon tour.
Nottingham Playhouse is keen to address how disabled people are represented on stage as performers alongside improving access to the theatre for disabled audiences and participants in their outreach community programmes.
I will be at the Playhouse for 12 months to support all the theatres departments in changing and strengthening how the organisation works alongside and for disabled people, in turn, bringing more disabled people into the theatre as audiences, as theatre makers and backstage members of staff.
As a local disabled theatre designer and director I have worked for many years both as a practitioner and Arts administrator within mainstream, Disability Arts and small scale companies. I am keen to hear from any D/deaf or disabled performers, writers, musicians, poets, designers, visual artists living in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire who are looking for ways to connect with other creatives and want to develop their practise.
If you would like to find out more contact Laura on 0115 873 6223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org