An independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts. Rated "Good" by Ofsted and the CQC. For more details click here.

“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 21 years have proved 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.

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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

Destigmatising ‘The D word’

At the Orpheus centre, the days between the 24th and 28th May were dedicated to hearing from the disabled community outside of Orpheus. Zoom workshops were led by artists to encourage students to think about their own identities and what the word ‘disability’ has meant to them.

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Author: Summer Burgess

Orpheus Adapts

The Covid 19 lockdown has been a testing time for most of us, restricting what we do, who we see, and generally dictating our social interaction. The Orpheus Centre, along with the rest of us, has had to adapt.

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Author: Summer Burgess

School of Rock

On a balmy July evening, after months of frustration, altered plans and false starts owing to the difficulties of the pandemic, their perseverance paid off. The spectacular show School of Rock was the result.

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Author: Summer Burgess

89%

89% of our graduates last year have gone on to independent living in supported housing.

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What's on

  • Climb Mount Olympus: Home of the Greek Gods

    Embark on a journey to the mystical home of the Greek gods Read more

  • Christmas Carol Concert 2021

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  • Christmas Tree SALE & Raffle

    Order your Nordman Fir Christmas Tree through Orpheus Read more

  • Beast & Beauty

    Set in 1990s Manchesterford, Beast & Beauty tells the story of a man outcast by society and asks us to consider, truly, what is beauty? Read more