DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community)

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Comedy Store

Arches 3 & 4

Deansgate Locks


M1 5LH

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Disabled Artists Networking Community (DANC)

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This is a BSL Interpreted Event.

Industry Guests

Ivana MacKinnon - Stray Bear Productions


Sonia Allam - Casting Director

Here is a short film about DANC filmed at last July’s DANC event at The Comedy Store Manchester by David Wright

DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community) is a regular networking event to encourage dialogue between Theatres, Television Companies, Arts Organisations, Arts Venues, Professional Artists and Performers with disabilities from all creative practices.

DANC is a space to network, create projects and partnerships and to discuss how together as Arts Organisations and Artists we can work to encourage change.

Each time the event will be hosted by a different Theatre or Arts Venues in Manchester at reglular intervals of six to eight weeks.

By hosting the event at different venues, we are creating links and pushing for disability to become part of that venue/organisations agenda.

Each event will have industry guests that will introduce themselves at the start, explain their role in the industry and the changes they would like to make/see.

Our Industry Guests are casting directors, producers, artistic directors, agents, CEO’s of artistic companies, music producers, film makers, arts funding – It really is down to what we community want and who is great to have as part of the conversation.

DANC meetings are NOT be in the form of a lecture. We create a space where we can learn from each other and not generate a divide between us as artists with disabilities and the industry guests that will be invited. The evening will then move on to revolving interaction. This is a bit like speed dating! But rather than trying to get a date at the end of the night, we want to have made more contacts & links with other professionals in the industryand made an impact on those that make decisions!

This part of the event will give YOU as an artist the chance to talk personally to the industry guests, ask questions and get across points that you may have.

It also means that you walk away from the event having personally made new contacts.

The second part of the event is the opportunities section. Here we will be able to share ideas and opportunities for upcoming projects. We want DANC to be a space where we can all meet other Deaf and disabled creatives and can link up and create new projects together.

Lets stop waiting for it to happen, lets figure out how to make it happen. How many times have we heard professionals say “I want to cast/employ an artist with a disability, I just don’t know where to find them?” Well lets create a community so full of rich talent that there can be no more excuses! Let’s break down these barriers and show exactly why disability needs to be represented in the arts. In the words of Steve Martin: "Let’s be so good, they can’t ignore us."

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DANC has had Eight events since it was launched in January 2018 at HOME, The Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Comedy Store, 53two and again at Bridgewater Hall and HOME.

Previous Industry Guests include:

Tom Sherry, Head of Drama, BBC North

Charlotte Bevan, National Theatre and Profile Spotlight

Louis Sutton, Scripted Executive Producer, Lime Pictures

Dafydd LLewellyn, Producer Casualty

Debbie Oates, Writer, Coronation Street, Cold Feet

Archie Purnell, JLA

Nicola Bolton, Regan Management

Jude Christian, Director

Jennifer Smith Head of Inclusion, BFI

Toby Hadoke Comedian, Actor, Writer

Daliso Chaponda, Comedian

Daniel Edwards, Casting Director

Jo Coombes, Head of Development (Lime pictures).

Peter Hunt, Head of Casting for Lime Pictures and Casting Director of Hollyoaks.

Gill Charnock – Casting Director Hollyoaks.

Lindsay Williams, Story Producer at Coronation Street and BAFTA nominated drama scriptwriter.

Justine Potter, Drama Producer for TV & Radio. Head of TV drama at LA Productions.

Marcus Wilson, Producer, A Word.

Andy Stott, CEO of Northern Quarter Records & Head of Popular Music at RNCM.

Rose Marely Sharp Futures

Ian Tabbron, The Arts Council England.

Roger McCann , The Arts Council England

Charlotte Riches, Producer, Radio 4

Michelle Smith, Casting Director

Jordan Hogg, BAFTA nominated Director

Laura Conway, Development Porducer, Kudos

Elaine Willcox, ITV/Granada

Usman Mullan, BBC Writers Room

Debbie Biggins, Line Producer, Casualty

Please email for further information.


Below is a short film made by BBC Radio 5Live about DANC and why we set it up

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Arches 3 & 4

Deansgate Locks


M1 5LH

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