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Mik Scarlet

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Defiant Lives – The Battles of Our Yesterdays Mirrored In Our Today

'Defiant Lives' is the story of the rise of the disability rights movement in the USA, UK and Australia. Mik Scarlet went to a Demand Film preview of this groundbreaking film on 1 November It can be all too easy to go through life without knowing the battles that were fought ...

Reasons to Be Cheerful ensemble scene

John Kelly: So Many Reasons To Be Cheerful

Singer, songwriter and activist John Kelly’s life must feel like he’s on a runaway train. This month sees John begin another tour of Graeae Theatre Company’s riotous musical featuring the songs of Ian Dury, Reasons To Be Cheerful, and the release of a new single, If It Can’t Be Right, ...

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The Braille Legacy – a case for better communication with the disability arts sector

The West End musical The Braille Legacy tells the story of Louis Braille, one of the world’s most famous blind people. Mik Scarlet asks can a missed opportunity leave a legacy in response to wide media comment on the show's lack of blind or visually impaired actors as members of ...

DM Resonate at the ICA

Drake Music DM Resonate – Let the Music Play

On 17 March 2017 Drake Music hosted a special event showcasing a series of original commissions as part of its Connect and Collaborate programme working with disabled artists. The event took place at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. Review by Mik Scarlet. For many years, I have been associated with ...

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Unlimited: Sheila Hill’s: HIM – A Gentle Triumph

Sheila Hill’s Unlimited commission (administered by Shape and Artsadmin) gave reknowned actor Tim Barlow the opportunity to take centre stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 10 September as part of Unlimited Festival. Review by Mik Scarlett We all live lives where a quiet battle rages behind the scenes. ...

Performer Liz Carr sits in a golden wheelchair on a red carpet with a male and a female actor posing beside her.

Assisted Suicide – What’s The Big Song and Dance?

With the announcement of Liz Carr's Unlimited production Assisted Suicide – The Musical previewing in late July, Mik Scarlet thought it a good idea to explore some of the wider implications of assisted dying. Recently the debate around Assisted Dying has become a cause célèbre and is now one of the ...

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Technology Is Key

Mik Scarlet started out on the road to being a musician when he was given a toy electric keyboard and thanks to music technology, became one a handful of disabled musicians performing during a period when it was almost unheard of. Here he charts the progress of assistive music technology ...

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Music for the Masses

Dao asked Mik Scarlet to capture a slice of Disability Arts history from the 1990s when a bunch of disabled musicians set their sights on a career within the music industry. He looks back with a sense of pride at what they achieved against inumerable odds. With Disability History Month nearly ...