Shooting the Elephant: An Intersectional Approach to Inclusive Narrative

Fri 15 July, 2022
A workshop with Simon Startin, artistic director of Vital Exposure - a disabled-led touring theatre company that promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell.

The moment disabled people step on to a stage or screen they are stitched up. A toxic combination of societal narratives and the very mechanics of story itself lead to a fixation on cliché and simplistic perspectives. Its being going on since the birth of civilization.

This workshop will explore deeper intersectional representations for disabled theatre making and how together we can undo the stitch up.

About Simon Startin

Simon is artistic director of Vital Xposure Theatre Company director, a disabled led theatre company making work around issues of social justice and politcal agency.

He has been a director, actor, playwright and disability rights activist for over 30 years. He is an associate artist of TRSE, London Bubble and Graeae. He is an alumni of the Battersea Art Centre 21st century leadership scheme, Young Vic directors placement and the China Plate Enhanced Optimists course.

As an activist he has worked with many organisations including the BBC, National Theatre, RSC, Creative Diversity Network, Stockton Arc and London Theatre Consortium to increase disabled representation on stage and screen.


Derby Theatre Upper Foyer


Time: 10am
Performance time: 1 hour


All Places: £5

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Simon Startin

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Part of Departure Lounge Festival

In Good Company and Derby Theatre’s hugely successful summer festival of cool, contemporary and cutting edge theatre returns for a terrific 10th year!

The highly acclaimed collection of innovative performances and discussion will once again provide the perfect theatrical vacation for artists and audiences alike.

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