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In Touch National Theatre

In Touch: international collaboration exploring deaf/blind experience

National Theatre recently collaborated on In Touch – a co-production between Russia’s Inclusion Theatre Company and Theatre of Nations in association with Graeae Theatre Company and supported through The British Council and Sense. Liz Porter went to catch the one-off sharing on Saturday 14 October in the Dorfman Theatre. The National ...

A young girl ins chool uniform on the stage set of Invisble Flash's new production

Invisible Flash: Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers

Invisible Flash are an innovative new theatre company whose aim is to ‘activate audience's imaginations, through a bold exploration of the senses enhanced for a non-sighted audience’. Liz Porter caught their first production, Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers at the Half Moon Theatre, London 19 November 2016. It’s always exciting ...

Audio description: the Art of Access: conference

Audio Description: the Art of Access

On 21 October 2016, Young Vic hosted a one-day conference entitled ‘Audio Description: the Art of Access’. Leading professionals, academics, service providers and users came together to explore the current role of audio description in the arts, Liz Porter was among them. ‘Audio Description: The Art of Access’ was a well-coordinated ...

Photo of part of the movable set for the Threepenny Opera with several actors in convicts suits appearing out of a wooden tower. Debbie Kurup as Lucy Brown is prominent in the foreground, wearing red hot-pants. Stage-left stands Rosalie Craig as Polly Peachum

The National Theatre present a touch tour and audio-description for The Threepenny Opera

Liz Porter reflects on the experience of the touch tour and audio described performance of the National Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera, currently playing until 1 October. Written by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill, the NT’s production is a collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann in an adaptation by Simon Stephens. The ...

A photograph of artist and actor Chloe Phillips with another actor in Taking Flight Theatre's production of As You Like It. The other actor has her arm around Chloe's neck

Unlimited: Creative Approaches to Audio Description

Creative Approaches to Audio Description was one of several panel discussions as part of Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre on 8 September 2016. Four visually impaired speakers shared thoughts on their very different working practices. Review by Liz Porter. Hearing from Barry Ginley, Equalities and Access Officer at the V&A was ...

Laurie Anderson presents ‘Slideshow’

In the second of two exclusive performances for Brighton Festival, Laurie Anderson presents Slideshow, a specially created performance monologue about place and places. Review by Liz Porter I’ve long respected the work of Laurie Anderson. She is a consummate storyteller, passionate about people, places and language. Renowned for her innovative technical approaches, ...

Two people partaking in the Last Resort sit in a dilapidated window frame overlooking the sea

Brighton Festival: Art Of Disappearing presents ‘The Last Resort’

The Last Resort commissioned by Brighton Festival is a site-specific sound journey in which artists Rachel Champion and Tristan Shorr welcome an audience, in pairs, on a journey through a barren, industrial area of Portslade beach, reimagining the location in a science fiction context. Review by Liz Porter. Immersive site-specific sound ...

Actress Kiruna Stamell in the Government Inspector. She is wearing a formal blue dress and holding a receipt in her hand.

Ramps on the Moon and Birmingham Rep present ‘The Government Inspector’

Ramps on the Moon is a project run by a consortium of seven theatres aimed at addressing the under-representation of disabled people in the sector over the next six years. The latest production in association with Birmingham Rep is Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector which is touring 19 March – ...

A photograph taken from Audio Description Association's National Conference which shows the crowd of delegates, many of them are clapping.

‘Growing Audiences’ – Audio Description Association’s National Conference

On 14 March, Birmingham Hippodrome played host to the Audio Description Association’s national conference, ‘Growing Audiences’. Liz Porter reports on the key findings from the event. Vidar Hjardeng MBE, Chair of the Audio Description Association (ADA) and diversity consultant for ITV News warmly welcomed the 100+ delegates (venue managers, describers and ...

A photograph of Lucy + Jorge Orta's performance piece, Symphony for Absent Wildlife in which the artists are wearing grey coats and animal masks.

Attenborough Arts Centre official launch: Lucy + Jorge Orta

The Attenborough Arts Centre’s new gallery space officially opened on 29th January 2016 with an exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta. Liz Porter attended the launch and the exhibition, assessing both from a visually impaired perspective. The newly opened Attenborough Arts Centre’s gallery set in the heart of Leicester has huge ...

A still from the film Skin Touching Sky showing a dancer crouched down with various words written on her body

Oska Bright 2015 Day 3 Afternoon Session

Regular DAO contributor Liz Porter attended the afternoon session of the third day of Oska Bright 2015. She assesses both the content and the access provision from a partially sighted perspective. It’s always a great pleasure attending the Oska Bright film Festival. I caught two sessions during the afternoon of the ...

staged photo of two actresses in long dresses, sitting surrounded by reams of paper with a large drawing of a birds head on the floor

Pulse Festival: the uses of BSL and Audio Description in Theatre

As part of the Ramps on the Moon event at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on 5 June, delegates had the opportunity to sit in on an open rehearsal of Jeni Draper’s Fingersmith’s latest show ‘War Crimes for the Home’ and Sue MacLaine’s ‘Can I Start Again Please.’ Liz Porter responds ...

photo of a group of people sat in an auditorium as seen from above

Pulse Festival: ‘Ramps on the Moon’

On 5 June New Wolsey Theatre’s Pulse Festival brought together 60 representatives from the world of theatre for Ramps on the Moon: a day of reflection and performance centred around the involvement of Deaf and disabled people in the sector. Liz Porter gives an overview of a day of provocation ...

photograph of a naked female dancers back, against a dark background

Pulse Festival: Laura Dannequin: ‘Hardy Animal’

An important aspect of Ramps on the Moon day hosted by New Wolsey Theatre at Pulse Festival, as part of the theatre's Agent for Change programme, was showcasing high quality work that offered an opportunity for the audience to consider impairment-related theatre, language and communication and aesthetic access. Review by ...

black and white side portrait of the face of Tim Barlow

DaDaFest International 2014: Sheila Hill’s ‘Him’

Writer/theatre-maker and installation-artist Sheila Hill received an Unlimited research and development award to work with actor Tim Barlow to create Him. The resulting film was shown at DaDaFest 2014 as part of a session titled Unlimited: the Artists Voice. Review by Liz Porter. Him is a short black and white film ...

photo of a promenade performance under a red market tarpaulin

DaDaFest International 2014: Kazzum Theatre: ‘Where’s My Nana?’

Combining Kazzum’s ability to create high quality inclusive playful theatre and Slung Low’s technological ‘know-how’ to make adventures for audiences outside of conventional theatre spaces, the Unlimited research and development commission Where’s My Nana? showcased at DaDaFest. Review by Liz Porter. It was great to catch Nickie Wildin’s Where’s My Nana? ...