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Wednesday 9th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

THE BBC has launched a new training scheme for disabled actors in the hope that it will be a wake-up call for producers to consider disabled talent.

The BBC’s disability lead Alison Walsh said yesterday that on-screen portrayal of disability “was increasing,” but disabled actors were still struggling to find a place — especially in roles not written specifically as disabled.

Under the scheme, Class Act: A Nationwide Search And Skill Factory, successful applicants will take part in an intensive three-day workshop, where they will be tutored in auditioning, business skills, building contacts and scripts.

The BBC aims to have 8 per cent of all staff, including on-screen talent and those in leadership roles, with a disability by 2020.




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