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Fourth Wall

Thu 02 Apr 2020 - Thu 21 May 2020

 Every season at The Watermill, we ‘break the fourth wall’ of a Watermill production.

In theatre the ‘fourth wall’ is the invisible barrier between the stage and the audience.

Our Fourth Wall project invites adults with learning disabilities to break through this barrier to explore a play. Together we learn about the characters and storyline of the play, going to watch the production together and creating our own version along the way.

We choose a production that is well-known and challenging. Previously we have explored Romeo + Juliet, Frankenstein, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jane Eyre and The Importance of Being Earnest, including performing on The Watermill stage.


Fourth Wall:  The Prince and the Pauper
Together, over 7 weeks, we will be exploring The Prince and the Pauper, our magical family Christmas show. Click here to read a Widgit story introducing the play.



Thursday 7 November, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 14 November, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 21 November, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 28 November, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 5 December, 10.30am to 1pm (this is the morning when we’ll watch the professional production together)
Thursday 12 December, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 19 December, 10.30am to 12pm (this is when we’ll perform our Sharing of the production to friends and family at 11am)


How much will it cost?

Thanks to generous funding from Greenham Trust we are not charging for this course but we are inviting a suggested donation of £36. Your ticket to see the professional production is covered within this donation.


Familiarisation Visits

For many of us, trying something new, with new people, in a new place, can be daunting. Our familiarisation visits are a chance to meet Lixi, the group facilitator, and have a short tour of the theatre and facilities with her. If you would like to book a visit, please contact Lixi (details below).


What next?
If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Lixi on 01635 570918 or email lixi@watermill.org.uk

If you are ready to apply, please complete and return this application form or this Widgit symbol version. If you would like support to complete the form, please contact Lixi.

Please note that we will be working as a group and are not able to guarantee one-to-one support for participants. If this would be important to you, you are welcome to bring someone to support you; just let us know.

 We look forward to meeting you soon!