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Fourth Wall

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, and Twelfth Night, including performing as part of Gothic Unleashed, our 2016 Community Performance, a really wonderful opportunity for our regular Outreach groups to come together and perform on The Watermill stage. This season we will be exploring A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Click here to read a Widgit story introducing the play.


Thursday 26 April, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 3 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 10 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 17 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 24 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 31 May, 2pm to 5pm (this is an afternoon session, when we’ll watch the professional production matinee together)
Thursday 7 June, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 14 June, 10.30am to 12pm

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).

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.

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. In the event that more people apply than we have space for, places will be drawn at random.

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!