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Autistic actors take up lead roles on stage and screen

The Autistic ActorsAccess All Areas learning disabled actors take up lead roles at London’s VAULT FESTIVAL and on BBC’s Holby City.

Cian Binchy stars in The Misfit Analysis at the Vault Festival, from 2nd to 6th March 2016, and Jules Robertson made his Holby City debut on 9th February 2016.

Access All Areas, the award winning Theatre Company for adults with learning disabilities based in Hackney, London, is delighted to announce that two members of the company are headed for leading roles, with Cian Binchy reprising his one man show The Misfit Analysis at the VAULT Festival, and Jules Robertson cast as a recurring character in BBC One’s Holby City.

Nick Llewellyn, Artistic Director of Access All Areas, said: “This is a real breakthrough moment for learning disabled actors in the UK. Access All Areas has been working with Cian and Jules for many years, and I’m absolutely thrilled that their talent is being recognised on stage and screen. I hope this leads to more diversity in arts and entertainment, and more disabled actors playing disabled characters themselves”.

VAULT Festival with Patrick Collier Creative Productions presents
by Access All Areas and Cian Binchy
Wed 2nd – Sun 6th March, 6pm
Press night: Wed 2nd March 2016

VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake St,
Waterloo SE1 7NN (Forge) Tickets: £10
Box office: vaultfestival.com / 0871 220 0260

Winner: The Guardian University Award for Diversity (Access all Areas)
Autism consultant on the National Theatre production of The Curious Incident in the Dog in the Night-Time (Cian Binchy)
Inside Binchy’s head is utterly fascinating and wildly creative” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
A quirky, informative, funny show offering an insight into an autistic mind” – Steven McElroy, New York Times

Cian has autism. He likes to spin tin-openers. He’s taught all the actors on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time how to be autistic. They’re very good at it.

Journeying through Cian’s mischievous mind, The Misfit Analysis takes us through a world of wheelchairs and blow up dolls in an unconventional exploration of an autistic mind. This is not Rain Man. Using multi-media, video projection and his unique brand of performance poetry, Cian playfully questions the place of disability in today’s world.

After a sell out run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and appearances on BBC 1, The Misfit Analysis launches in London as part of VAULT festival 2016, and comes to Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the ITATI Festival.

Tue 15th – Wed 16th March 2016, Hoxton Hall
Winner: The Guardian University Award for Diversity (Access all Areas and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

2016 is the 40th anniversary of the community drama group that started Access All Areas off, and there’ll be events and performances throughout the year in celebration. For more information, visit
www.accessallareastheatre.org / @AAATheatre / facebook.com/AccessAllAreasTheatre

Jules Robertson made his debut on the flagship BBC One hospital drama on the 9th February. Jules plays Jason Haynes, a 24-year-old funny and intelligent young man with Asperger’s. Haynes is a recurring character in the show.


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