Drama training tips: Sophie Partridge
Sophie Partridge is a performer and writer trained by Graeae Theatre. She has acted professionally for over 15 years with Graeae and other companies. As someone with a ‘severe impairment’ she has campaigned alongside others – since the 2010 announcement of the imminent closure of the Independent Living Fund – for the right of disabled people to live independently within British society. Here are her five tips for building a career despite impairment…
1. Consider your level of impairment
When you’re seeking training, identify the places you think you’d really benefit from training with and then work with them to adapt for you.
2. Don’t be scared to try new things
Work with as wide a variety of people as you can. Don’t stay within disability arts but do ask advice from other experienced disabled performers who have been there, done that and come out the other end.
3. Be bold and up-front about your access needs
Equally though, don’t be afraid to say you don’t know how to do something. You can’t be expected to know if you’ve never had the opportunity before.
4. Join Equity
Its support has been invaluable to me recently with the ‘restructuring’ of access to work. Their Disabled Members Committee does excellent work.
5. Enjoy what you do
Make your presence felt in the creative world. Be prepared for peaks and troughs. I think the best creatives are the ones that listen as well as give forth so hone that skill – and then get out there and do your thing.
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