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Exeter Northcott partners with Ramps on the Moon to champion anti-ableism

Potholes on Mars production image. Background: The Northcott Theatre stage. Black curtain backdrop. A stage floor lit with blue and red lighting. Foreground: A mixed group of people wearing white lab coats. The people on the left-hand side of the image are holding fishing lines with red string. One of them is using a wheelchair. On the end of the string are household objects and children’s toys. The people on the right-hand side of the image are holding and trying to catch the objects on the string and place them on a table.

We are delighted to join Ramps on the Moon’s first ever cohort of Change Partners, developing anti-ableist practice across the sector.

We are delighted to announce that Exeter Northcott is among 18 national arts and culture organisations partnering with Ramps on the Moon to embed anti-ableist practice within the performing arts sector.

Who are ramps on the moon?

Ramps on the Moon launched in 2015 as a collaborative consortium of six National Portfolio Organisation theatres funded by Arts Council England. Ramps on the Moon supported these founding partners to make lasting organisational change, enabling them to embed the values and culture of disability equality into every part of their practice.

Stepping into its next exciting stage, Ramps on the Moon is now working with new partners, supporting them to make real and lasting change in their organisations. Thanks to funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Ramps on the Moon will work with its first cohort of ‘Change Partners’, including Exeter Northcott.

This programme is only possible thanks to funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the support of People Make It Work and Sheffield Theatres – our thanks to them for the opportunity.

I am excited to work with our cohort organisations. They have all demonstrated that they are committed to the work we’re embarking on together and to sharing their existing expertise as well as their learning. I can’t wait to see where they each are in 12 months – and the impact this has on our sector.

Michèle Taylor MBE, Ramps on the Moon’s Director for Change

Who and what are the change partners?

We are proud to count ourselves among 17 other partner organisations. These are Blackpool Grand Theatre, City of London Sinfonia, English Touring Theatre, HighTide, Hull Truck Theatre, Les Enfants Terribles, Mayflower Theatre and MAST Mayflower Studios, National Youth Theatre, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Northern Opera Group, Norwich Theatre, One Dance UK, Production Exchange, Reading Rep, Royal Opera House, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Unicorn Theatre.

Over the course of 12 months, our team members will participate in workshops and mentoring designed to give us the tools and skills to reimagine our future with a focus on embedded anti-ableism. Training in disability equality in practice will enable us to align our culture more closely with our values going forward.

The ultimate vision of the programme is to galvanise mainstream cultural change across the sector so that disabled people can develop, learn, work and tell their stories. Each of the Change Partners is an organisation hungry to lead the sector to become more equitable, innovative, relevant, ambitious, creative, and socially just, a future we are proud to be a part of.


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