The Academy

The Hijinx Academy is the only professional performance training course for actors with learning disabilities in Wales.

Hijinx Academies are vocational training courses in performance skills for actors with learning disabilities in Wales. 

Students on the Academy study a variety of skills including clowning, physical theatre and dance, contact improvisation, commedia dell’Arte, acting for camera & radio, forum theatre techniques and mask work, from accomplished tutors who are all active performers too.

Many students go on to perform in our professional productions, including Hijinx Pods, Unity Festival, Hijinx Residencies, our forum theatre projects.

Our aim is to create a pan-Wales community of talented learning disabled actors who have the ability to work professionally in theatre, TV, film and radio.

Our vision is to change the landscape of the arts in the UK, so that it becomes commonplace to see and hear performers with learning disabilities on our stages, screens and airwaves

Find out about how Hijinx Academies work in our Hijinx Academies Brochure

Regional Academies
Because of the success of our first Academy in Cardiff, we now run two Academies in Cardiff, one in Prestatyn, one in Carmarthen and a fifth Academy is due to open in Aberystwyth later in 2016. If you are interested in attending an academy or partnering with us to set up a new one, please contact Dan McGowan. He'd love to hear from you.

How can I get involved?
Hijinx Academies run two days a week for 50 weeks of the year. If you are 18+, have a learning disability and an interest in theatre please contact Dan McGowan to arrange a taster session at your nearest Academy.

 

Latest News
New digital innovation project

Hijinx is working with Proper Design and Jonathan Dunn on an innovative project that will bring technology into the heart of the company, helping us to progress towards our vision of a world where it is commonplace to see and hear actors with learning disabilities on stage, screen and radio.

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Meet Fred at Summerhall by Total Theatre

Review of Meet Fred at Summerhall by Marigold Hughes for Total Theatre as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Come along and try our new Pathway drama course in Aberystwyth

On Monday 5 September, learning disabled adults will be able to go along to a free taster session for our brand new drama training course based at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

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