Oxford Playhouse and Pegasus, on behalf of The ROAR Collective, are delighted to present a FREE day-long programme of events celebrating disability in the arts at Pegasus on Saturday 1st June.

Formed in 2016, ROAR provides opportunities for people with additional needs to engage in the arts and aims to advocate for inclusive arts practice in Oxfordshire and beyond.

Junior Movement workshop

Studio 10.30am-12.30pm

Emma Webb

Come along for a junior drama movement workshop, no experience necessary! Emma Webb is a director and facilitator with a background in movement working in the UK and abroad.

Ages 11-18

Junior Music workshop

Theatre 1.30-3.30pm

Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones

Hannah will be leading a music workshop about the rhythms, textures, and melodies in our daily lives. You might have heard the expression “elephant ears.” It describes someone with an extraordinary ability to hear sounds that would be inaudible to everyone else. Elephants have some of the best hearing around, but pigeons can hear three times better than an elephant! The workshop will use touch-responsive technology and take inspiration from the lives of pigeons to turn everyday objects like potted plants, toys, and tins into musical instruments.

No previous musical experience needed. Instruments and musical equipment will be provided in the session. If you play an instrument, you are welcome to bring it with you.

Ages 11-18

Short films from The Shadowlight Artists and Oska Bright

Foyer and Café – All day

ROAR presents a brilliant and surprising array of family-oriented short films, a curated showcase from The Shadowlight Artists and Oska Bright.

The Shadowlight Artists are an Oxfordshire-based group of learning-disabled or autistic artists supported by the arts charity Film Oxford. Oska Bright is the world’s leading festival for films made by or featuring people with learning disabilities or autism.

‘Accessibility – Beyond the Ramp’ workshop by My Life My Choice

Studio 2-3.30pm

My Life My Choice

A free 90-minute workshop on improving accessibility for people with different access requirements. The workshop is tailored for people working at venues or events but everyone who has an interest in the subject is welcome!

Led by experts by experience who will lead you to discover some challenges you may not have thought of, and help you work together to come up with some potential ways to overcome the barriers people may face in accessing events.

Ages 18+

Adult Music workshop

Theatre 4-6pm

The workshop will be led by Luke who plays the clarinet. In this session we will be making music together in different ways. We will use our voices, bodies and instruments to make music in response to words, images and our own imaginations. The aim of the session is to have a fun, creative experience and to meet new people.

Ages 18+

British Sign Language Workshop

Studio 4-5pm

Christine DeBlase

Join Christine for a beginners British Sign Language workshop. No experience needed! Parents, carers, young people all welcome. Finish the fun by signing to a well-known song…

All ages


Theatre – 7-9.30pm

BSL Signed

This feature-length BAFTA winning documentary follows 35-year-old Otto Baxter as he writes and directs his first short film, THE PUPPET ASYLUM. Through his work, Otto finds the vocabulary to process his past and imagine his uncertain future. He tackles his demons head-on but always with a riotous sense of humour.

There will be a screening of the documentary (84 mins) then The Puppet Asylum (33 mins) followed by a live Q&A with Otto Baxter, Writer and Director after the films.

“I am the first writer and director with Down Syndrome commissioned by a British broadcaster to make a film like this, but hopefully not the last”. Otto Baxter

Ages 15+


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