Tue 13 - Wed 28 March 2018


Tuesday 13 - Wednesday 28 March


6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm & 8.30pm (see booking page for specific start times)
1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm (Mon 19, Sat 24, Wed 28)


£15 (full price); £12 (concession); £10 (when purchasing 10+ tickets)

Running time

1hr 40mins


Theatre & Performance


The Ditch

Age Guidance



Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, 5 learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground. A goddess, a baby, a bird, an eater and an escapist guide us through a maze-like institution, growling to be heard, and waiting for the revolution that is forever promised. As they tear back the walls to their lives, past and present spin together in a powerful expression of what it feels like to be learning disabled today.

Over two years, MADHOUSE re:exit has built on the legacy of Mabel Cooper, a learning disabled resident of a long-stay hospital, who pressed the button that blew up one of the last of these institutions in the UK. Now, award-winning theatre company Access All Areas return with a fantastical, disruptive, immersive experience that explores what this history means to learning disabled people today.

Please contact Reception on 020 7739 6176 before booking if you are a wheelchair user or you require a Support Worker's ticket for this performance.

Developed with the Barbican, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre, Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, and the Open University.

Further information about MADHOUSE re:exit
Arrival time and latecomers' policy

Due to the performance’s immersive nature, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled performance time. Latecomers will have to wait for a later performance slot with remaining spaces.

Access Policy

Access All Areas and Shoreditch Town Hall are committed to ensuring that each audience member is respected as an individual, with their own access needs, communication styles, and self-identification, by ensuring that all access requirements are met. To ensure that the performance is as accessible for you as possible, please let us know if you have any access requirements, by using the Access Booking Form. Access information will be treated as confidential and used only to ensure needs are met.

Click here to download the booking form

To download a Visual Guide, click here

Accessible performances

Familiarisation and touch tour, Friday 16 March, 4pm

Familiarisation and touch tour, Tuesday 20 March, 5pm

Familiarisation and touch tour, Monday 26 March, 5pm

BSL interpreted performance, Monday 26 March, 8pm

Post-show talks

Post-show talks will run after the 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm performances on:

21 March - hosted by Mencap
26 March - hosted by Mencap

Ticket holders for 7pm shows on these dates are invited to attend the 7.30pm post show talk, but must inform Box Office upon arrival.

Talks will last 20 minutes and will take place in the 'Waiting Room'.

The Guardian

“Defiantly different” (on Access All Areas)

Production Images

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