Applications open for Enabled Upstart 2015

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Following the success of our Enabled Upstart programme in 2014 and Barnardo’s UPSTART! in 2010, we are excited to announce the launch of Enabled UPSTART! 2015. This is a specially adapted version of our work experience programme that is designed for students aged 15 – 20 with physical and learning disabilities, enabling them to take part in a week’s work experience at Nottingham Playhouse.

From Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October 2015 participants will work full-time to create a short piece of theatre that will be performed at the end of the placement. The emphasis is on working together in a collaborative and creative way, and on making theatre with minimal technical facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to gain an overview of how the Playhouse works as an organisation, and to understand the career-paths available within a regional repertory theatre.

“What I really appreciated the most were the high standards you set for the young people. The young people were challenged, given a real sense of inclusion and most importantly their parents and teachers could see what they were really capable of. I really believe they have all learned valuable skills from this.” Lucy Fisher, Project Co-ordinator, Barnardo’s

If you would like to apply please complete the application form and send it to Rachel Bates, Participation Department (Admin), Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus, Nottingham, NG1 5AF or via e-mail to


The deadline for applications is Friday 26 June 2015. If you would like more information or to ask any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Rachel Bates on 0115 873 6234.

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