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Tam Gilbert

Tam Gilbert is a writer, Performance Artist and drana facilitator at Bournemouth-based Persuasion Arts, which she established in 2012., She is also Co-Director at Millstream Theatre, a company for learning diusabled actors which is based at Priest's House Museum, in Wimborne.

Posts by Tam Gilbert

Sensing Helen: the story so far…

It began with a playreading two years ago. Friend and fellow Artist Michele O’Brien and I sat down to read William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. I was instantly struck with Helen Keller’s childhood story – how she developed a communication system with companion Anne Sullivan – enabling her to interact ...

Jamie Beddard hams it up as Mack the Knife's henchman Mathias in the National Theatre's production of The Threepenny Opera

Jamie Beddard: from sociologist to top-class theatre director and disability arts activist – how did he get there?

Theatre-maker Tam Gilbert looks back on Jamie Beddard’s glittering career so far, from humble beginnings as a youth worker, to playing a starring role in the National Theatre’s production of the Threepenny Opera in 2016. He’ll return to the stage as The Messiah for a special performance of Handel’s classic ...

A photograph of Martin (Vic Llewellyn) and Matty (Nathan Bessell) in Myrtle Theatre's Up Down Man. Matty has his hand on Martin's chest.

Myrtle Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse ‘Up Down Man’

Up Down Man was at Salisbury Playhouse 24 February - 12 March 2016. It tells the moving story of a family struggling with bereavement. Centred around 29 year old Matty Butler (Nathan Bessell), who has Down’s Syndrome, Brendan Murray’s stand-alone play follows on from Myrtle Theatre Company’s  2010 production Up Down Boy (by ...