Engine Room: Access Statements - What They Are and How To Write One

A session facilitated by Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland, looking at the whys and whats of access statements.

An access statement is a document that explains clearly and succinctly what provisions a person requires to enable them to work on a project. Provisions could be physical things you need to overcome any barriers they might face, or they could be actions the rest of the team is asked to take into account. Some examples could include: a rehearsal room/performance venue that has level access; not being contacted before/after specific times of the day; receiving a script with large print text. A person should be able to give their access statement to a team they have never worked with before, and that team will know exactly what steps need to be taken to facilitate that person to do the best work they can.

This session will explore the wide range of things that can be included in access statements, encourage people to think about the barriers anybody might encounter when working in any kind of situation and what steps can be taken to remove these barriers and anything they might need to communicate to a collaborator, organisation or venue.

This session is open to anyone who might find it useful.


This event is part of Engine Room: Sustaining.



Our Engine Room programme has our Theatre Without Walls ethos at its heart. We bring artists together to develop skills, networks and create new work at the greatest reach of their imaginations and ambitions.

From October to December, Engine Room’s will focus on forms of sustenance: how to sustain a career, thinking about needs for sustainable working and literal sustenance – food; as part of Engine Room: Sustaining.

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