Polka Theatre

Arts Access For All

Every child deserves a creative childhood, but for families with disabled children, a visit to the theatre or drama class can seem daunting, even unachievable. Please support Polka’s Access Programme to ensure children with disabilities can have just as magical and memorable a theatre experience.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (256979)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities


United Kingdom


Children today face all kinds of challenges, not least the isolation, distress and increased inequalities in educational attainment caused by Covid. For disabled children and their families the gap is even starker, missing out on valuable creative opportunities to process their emotions, develop social skills and support learning, meaning their skills development has fallen further behind. Children need inspiring creative experiences to help them process their ever-changing world.


Theatre helps children to see the world from different perspectives and imagine new possibilities. It encourages tolerance, empathy and compassion as children listen and work together. Away from screens they learn to concentrate for longer periods of time and learn sequencing, consequences and critical thinking.  Polka’s Access Programme provides tailored support and opportunities to ensure children can experience the magic of live theatre and creative workshops regardless of their disability.

  • “It is so important that my daughter can access these types of shows and she loved it. What made it so much easier for her to watch the whole performance - first time ever! - was having the synopsis and autism pack sent before so I could prep her beforehand. It was fabulous"

    — Relaxed Performance Parent

  • The workshops before and after the show were enormously helpful … the props held the children's attention and really helped them to enjoy the show...The whole experience has contributed to learning in music, literacy, PSHE and speaking and listening.

    — Strathmore School, Richmond for children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties

  • “Wonderful! This is the first time in years my 6 year old son has been able to stay in a performance. Not only that but he loved it. There is so much great children’s theatre about but usually I can only bring my younger son. This was a lovely exception.” parent

    — Relaxed Performance Parent