Fourth Wall project for adults with learning disabilities at the Watermill Theatre

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, and Jane Eyre including performing on The Watermill stage. 

Fourth Wall: The Importance of Being Earnest
Together, over 8 weeks, we will be exploring The Importance of Being Earnest. Click here to read a Widgit story introducing the play.

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.

Who to contact

01635 570918

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Thursdays from 9 May to 13 June, 10.30am to 12 noon
Time of day
Session Information
Thursday 20 June
2.15pm to 5.30pm (this is an afternoon session
when we'll watch the professional production matinee together)

Other Details


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.


Age Ranges
Other notes

Thursday 9 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 16 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 23 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 30 May, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 6 June, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 13 June, 10.30am to 12pm
Thursday 20 June, 2.15pm to 5.30pm (this is an afternoon session, when we’ll watch the professional production matinee together)

Thursday 27 June, 10.30am to 12pm (this is when we’ll perform our Sharing of the production to friends and family at 11am)

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).

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