What is Ramps on the Moon

Following on from the highly successful production of The Threepenny Opera in Spring 2014, and in recognition of the under representation and employment of disabled people throughout our industry, particularly in “mainstream” theatre, a consortium of theatres successfully applied for a Strategic Touring Fund to undertake a six year programme of work.

Integrating disabled and non- disabled performers and practitioners. This programme aims to achieve a step change in the employment and artistic opportunities for disabled performers and creative teams , and a cultural change in the participating organisations to enable accessibility to become a central part of their thinking and aesthetics.

As part of the project

Each theatre agrees to commit to organisational change including:

  • Embedding d/disabled people throughout their organisations
  • Putting access on the agenda of all meetings
  • Creating long term employment and training opportunities for d/disabled
  • Committing core production expenditure to the project alongside the specific additional project funding that will be sought.
  • Acting as a hub within its own region to disseminate experience, information and good practice

Parameters for each production

The programme of productions will build on the successful strengths of the ensemble created for The Threepenny Opera, recognising that the skill, diversity and combined energy of such an ensemble makes the project uniquely attractive and appealing to an audience. The criteria for choice of material and style of production will include:

  • A roughly equal mix of disabled and non-disabled performers within a large cast of 18 to 20.
  • An epic piece of ensemble theatre, likely to include music, which will appeal to a mainstream audience.
  • A production with an extraordinary, and eye-catching, scale and ambition.
  • Accessibility, in terms of audio description, BSL interpretation, surtitling, etc will be included in the aesthetic and embedded in the production
  • The material may be an interpretation of an existing play, an adaptation of an existing piece, or especially commissioned.

Integral to each production:

  • Agents for Change employed to drive various aspects ( eg: audience development, participation, training and skills development) of the project and each based in different partner theatres.
  • Casting process to allow all theatres in the consortium to input/learn from.
  • Creative team to be a 50/50 split between disabled and non-disabled practitioners.
  • Opportunities for d/disabled trainees. ( creative team assistants) in both the creation and the touring of the production.
  • Toolkits developed for audience development and participation programmes to increase disabled audiences and participants.
  • Comprehensive evaluation process and sharing of best practice across the industry.