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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. We choose a production that is well-known and challenging.  Previously we have explored Romeo + Juliet, Frankenstein, and Twelfth Night, performing our own retellings of each of those classics on the Watermill stage.

This autumn we have a new challenge! With the support of Carousel, through the Creative Minds Project, over 5 sessions you can learn how to create a review as a theatre critic. This means watching a play; thinking afterwards about what you saw; and sharing your thoughts with the world. Click here to read a Widgit story introducing the project.


Thursday 12 October, 10.30am to 2pm: training with Carousel

Thursday 19 October, 10.30am to 12pm: practicing our skills

Thursday 26 October, 2.30pm to 5.30pm: watching Under Milk Wood in the theatre

Thursday 2 November, 10.30am to 12pm: discussing our opinions

Thursday 9 November, 10.30am to 12pm: sharing our opinions with friends and family

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?

We are requesting a contribution of £25. Your ticket to see the professional production is covered within this. Thanks to generous funding from Greenham Trust, however, if you are unable to afford this amount, please just let us know.

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 by Thursday 14 September.

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!