An independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts.
Rated "Good" by OFSTED and the CQC.

“I started the Orpheus Centre in 1998 because of a long-held belief that young disabled people – just like their non-disabled peers - gain confidence by performing  in public and being applauded.  We don’t train young disabled people to be professional performers – we are a specialist college teaching them the skills they need to live independently.   What makes us different is that we use the performing arts to give our students the self-belief to use those skills when they leave us.  The last twenty years have proved that this works!” Sir Richard Stilgoe, founder and trustee.

For parents

If your son/daughter or young person is aged between 18 and 25 and has a physical and/or learning disability we’d love for them to join us.



Fundraise for us

There are lots of fun and exciting ways that you can get involved and raise funds for our life-changing work. We are a registered charity and we need your help!


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Student work

Brief Encounters on Planet Rak

The amazing Orpheus summer production, based on the students’ imagination and the skills of their tutors, took its audiences on a unique trip to a planet with five very different zones.


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Calling the Shots

A film made by Orpheus students: "Calling the Shots"


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Qualifications achieved by Orpheus students last year. Amazing!


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83% of our graduates over the last three years have gone on to independent living in supported housing.


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What's on

  • London to Brighton Bike Ride

    Join #TeamOrpheus in the London to Brighton Bike Ride. Read more

  • Brighton 10k

    Join #TeamOrpheus in the Brighton 10K on Sunday 14 April. Read more

  • Summer Race Day

    Join the Orpheus Centre for its most exciting Summer Race Day yet! - Performance by iconic ska band Madness confirmed. Read more

  • An Evening with Alan Titchmarsh

    Join Sir Richard Stilgoe as he steps on stage with best-selling novelist, television personality and one of the UK’s top gardening experts, Alan Titchmarsh. Read more