About Us


Different Planet Arts sprang out of multimedia / theatre collaboration between Paddington Arts, Same Sky and Turtle Keys Arts. After a very successful 6 years running theatrical events for people with special needs and learning difficulties based on Outer Space a new company was born. Different Planet Arts is an exciting cross arts initiative aimed at hard to reach individuals and communities.

We have combined our skills and experience as performers, visual and digital artists, musicians, drama therapists, storytellers, and facilitators to create this vibrant new company.

We encourage reverse inclusion in the projects, with the aim of providing a diverse cultural platform that is accessible to all.

We undertake a range of cross arts and commercial commissions. These include participatory theatre and performances, installations, site specific and touring shows and workshops. We work with a wide variety of artists and practitioners including visual artists, actors, dancers, storytellers, digital artists, musicians and arts therapists. We can offer expertise for your project and events (creative direction, project management, specialist facilitation, production and creative learning). We offer bespoke, affordable projects and events for all ages and abilities.

We are :

Ariane Hadjilias

Ariane completed an MA in Dramatherapy at Roehampton University in 2007 and is a HPC registered Arts Psychotherapist and member of The British Association of Dramatherapists. Ariane studied physical theatre at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre, and Commedia dell Arte and Mask Theatre at Centre Selavy in France and apprenticed in traditional storytelling with Ben Haggerty. She has pursued further training in Playback, Forum Theatre, fooling and clowning.
Ariane  has worked as a  freelance traditional storyteller for 12 years and devises and performs shows for adults and children, for the street, festivals, and stage in the UK and further afield. She has worked for The Southbank, The Round House Theatre, Liverpool Children’s Festival, The Komedia in Brighton, Ray Mears, The National Trust, WOMAD,  Groundwork and Edmonton International Storytelling Festival  . Ariane has worked extensively within cross-arts initiatives in community led arts as a workshop facilitator, producer and project manager in areas of theatre participation, engagement and diversity.Ariane is currently working as a Dramatherapist with children and adolescents for Whippersnappers and Kids Company. Before this she worked in adult mental health in a variety of settings including therapeutic communities and primary health care.

Stephanie Tyrrel

Stephanie Tyrrell

Stephanie is the latest member to join Different Planet Arts and is keen to put her experience and training into practice with the rest of the team. Stephanie graduated in 2006, with a B.A honours in Community Theatre after studying for 3 year at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. After graduating she and another student set up their own charity Red Octopus Sensory Theatre. They worked primarily in the Northwest of England facilitating  Sensory Theatre with children who had complex learning disabilities. While working from 2006-2008 Stephanie completed her British Sign Level 1 and won an award for creative practice through DaDa fest – one of the lead festivals for disability arts in the UK. From 2008-2012 Stephanie moved to Italy where she worked as Head of Performing Arts at an International School in Rome, and had extensive experience with working with EAL children and teaching English through drama.Stephanie is currently doing a masters in Inclusive Arts Practice at Brighton University, which started in September 2012 and will be completed June 2014. Stephanie is now a specialist in the delivery of Sensory Theatre and is studying her masters to develop an effective evaluation process. As Sensory Theatre is not academically recognised Stephanie is aiming to fill the niche. Stephanie has collaborated with many different theatre groups including, Brigthonshed – Inclusive Theatre, Drama Queens, Haringeyshed – Inclusive Theatre, Stagecoach, Actable, Tremor Theatre, The English Theatre Of Rome, Jazz It Up Kids and many more! Stephanie has also run Sensory Storytelling workshops at Shambala Festival and at Tribe Of Doris. Stephanie also works as Teaching Assistant and is part of the International Team at Brighton City College.

Corinthe Rizvi

Corinthe studied Fine Art – MA at Central St Martin’s School of Art, and Arts Computing at Goldsmiths College. She is a visual artist who works in both new and traditional media.
She has a great deal of experience in devising and facilitating inclusive, combined arts workshops, events and exhibitions with many different user groups.

HeadshotGavin Taylor

Gavin holds a BA in Theatre from the University of New Hampshire and qualified as a dramatherapist at Roehampton University in 2008.  He has nearly two decades of experience developing theatre projects, primarily working in stagecraft, technical theatre and puppetry.  His arts in education and disability credits range from work with the Edinburgh Science Festival through the Little Angel Puppet Theatre to the City of London Festival.  Since 2007 Gavin has helped manage advice, welfare and disability services at St. George’s, University of London.

Honorary Advisory Board:  Sabrina Saaronovitch, Marita Ludlam, Jeannie Lewis and Becky Chapman

We are a Company Limited by Guarantee with a Charitable Memorandum and Articles of Association
Company Number 07297950.


Big lottery logo for reaching communities               Awards for All and Unity Theatre Trust funded.