We are our craft, not our actors disabilities
Dark Horse is a national touring theatre company which premieres new writing. An ensemble of learning disabled actors feature in our productions and exceptional non learning disabled actors from the broader industry are also cast in our tours. The work is both vitally physical and text based, features original composed music and is always visually impactful. Appealing to a broad, general and adult audience, the company’s work is always new, and has a reputation for surprise, innovation and the ability to reverse expectation in powerful and challenging ways, exploring stories and ideas which reflect the human condition to an audience.
Dark Horse is also a leading vocational trainer of actors with learning disabilities and develops skills in preparation for work in the industry at the highest level. A unique acting methodology offers all Dark Horse actors the opportunity to train viably for work in all performance media.
In April 2012 Dark Horse officially became the new name and identity for Full Body & The Voice theatre company, a change made to reflect the company’s full movement onto the national stage via recent evolutions in ambition, reach and artistic output.
An Arts Council National Portfolio organisation, a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, Dark Horse is also funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Kirklees Metropolitan Council, BBC’s Children in Need and various trusts, foundations, friends and donors who we thank for their continued support and endorsement.