How to ask for what you need: building an access rider for disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent theatre professionals

25 May 2023

  • Venue
    Other Space - Not Playhouse
  • Running time
    150 minutes

This session is an introduction into how to build a personalised access rider to confidently and clearly communicate your access requirements with venues, collaborators and employers.

Led by Daneka Etchells, this workshop will empower you to discover and professionally vocalise your needs; kickstarting your journey into understanding, discovering and honing an accessible working framework. A tried-and-tested template will be provided, along with provocations, questions, and examples to aid you in moving forward in better, more accessible practice. Daneka Etchells is a disabled actor and writer, who’s worked extensively in theatre with companies and in venues such as National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sheffield Crucible, HOME, Northern Stage, Theatre by the Lake, Pilot Theatre, Northern Broadsides and Octagon Theatre Bolton. She is also an access, equality and inclusion consultant, specialising in arts venues and production.

This zoom workshop will be BSL interpreted and captioned, and there will be a note taker. Any visual references will be audio described. We will send out the notes to all attendees after the session.

This workshop is part of Furnace, our artist development programme, which supports local creatives and helps to generate new work.


    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell