STET No Limits: A Call to Action

A symposium on disabilities and Dutch theatre

What can we learn from the UK?

In recent years, The United Kingdom has made leaps of progression for increasing diversity in theatre. Venues and festivals across the country offer a variety of performances with actors with disabilities that are accessible to disabled audience members. With sign language, relaxed performances and audio description, as a matter of policy, British theatres more often include shows accessible for all.

As one of the only fully English-language theatres in the Netherlands, STET aims to inspire Dutch companies, performers and drama schools into adopting more policies to include performers and audiences of all abilities. Therefore, we have founded our STET No Limits series, with first up: this symposium. How accessible are Dutch theatres currently? And could we learn from the UK?

With a panel of Dutch and British performers, policy makers and experts, we discuss the current state of the industry. With in-depth discussions on intersectionality, education and how British policies may inspire us to normalize accessibility for all performers and audiences in our theatres. 

The symposium will be completely spoken in English and a Dutch sign language interpreter will be present. You can visit the event live or watch our livestream.

Start: 15:00 in the Netherlands. For those joining the livestream: this is 2 PM UK time! Find the Dutch time schedule below.


15.00 – Opening by deputy British ambassador Lucy Ferguson 
15.15 – Excerpt from Louder Is Not Always Clearer by Jonny Cotsen
15.40 – Intermission
16.00 – Keynote by Robert Softley Gale
16.10 – Panel
17.15 – End: Presentation of The Agenda Inclusive Performing Arts


Moderator: Funda Müjde (NL)

Keynote speaker: Robert Softley-Gale (UK, Birds of Paradise)

Performance: An excerpt of Louder is not Always Clearer by Jonny Cotsen (UK)

Panel: Miss Jacqui (UK, Spokenword performer), Paul Röttger (NL, Theater Babel), Paloma Oakenfold and Zara Jayne Arnold (UK, BareFace Collective), Willemijn Haasken (NL, HNTonbeperkt), Vincent Bendervoet & Carolien van Heijst (NL, Bender & Heijst), Claudia Marinelli (NL, LKCA)

Panel participants

Dates, Venues & Tickets

Theater aan het Spui
1 November 2021 15:00-17:15 (14:00 GMT)


This event is wheelchair accessible, spoken in English and there is a Dutch Sign Language interpreter present. You can attend in real life, or watch this event online. Read here for more information about accessibility in the event. With questions about the accessibility of the event, feel free to contact us.

Covid certificate

To visit this show, we ask you to show a QR code as proof of vaccination, recovery or negative test results. Please also bring a valid ID. For more info, visit the government website.


For each ticket type, there are different ticket prizes. Pay what you can!

Regular tickets: € 10,00 | € 20,00 | € 30,00
Livestream: € 5,00 | € 10,00
Combiticket: € 28,00 | € 38,00 | € 48,00

The combiticket also gives access to the full performance of ‘Louder is not Always Clearer’ on 19.30 at the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

21/09/1977 – 3/06/2020

It is with great sadness we received the news that our moderator Marc de Hond has passed away. He had been ill for quite a while but remained a beacon of positivity and optimism. We will miss him sorely and wish his wife and two young children strength and peace in this sad moment. We will honour Marc in continuing our mission to support and engage with artists with disabilities in the STET No Limits programme.

STET is grateful for the support of: