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Promotional photograph for Silent Faces' show Follow Suit featuring the performers in oversized suits throwing paper aeroplanes.

iF Platform, Brighton Fringe

The iF Platform is back, this time taking on Brighton Fringe and a fresh audience of curious, critical and creative disabled artists and allies. Hosted by Stopgap Dance and the Sallis Benney Theatre on Monday May 9th 2016. Bookended by daft flatulent cabaret from Moxie Brawl and The Awakening Process film ...

photo of performer Priya Mistry in a sparkly dress with a silver balloon across her head

Introducing Priya Mistry’s Musical Mental Health Cabaret

Using a sophisticated visual language and brutally honest monologue developed by the ‘all-singing-all-dancing-all-mental’ cast and crew, Musical Mental Health Cabaret debuts at Attenborough Arts this June. Alice Holland meets Priya during rehearsal to find out more about the show and her work developing new techniques and expressions for artists with ...

A photograph from the play Fake it 'til you Make it, featuring Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn. The former is holding a whisk, the latter has a hammer.

SICK! Lab: Bryony Kimmings: ‘Fake It ’Til You Make It’

Contact Theatre, Manchester hosted SICK! Lab a focussed 4-day programme of performances, presentations and discussions from 9-12 March. Alice Holland reviews a sell-out performance of a show that lifts the lid off men and mental health. Presented as a series of intimate vignettes through song, dance and confessional, Fake It Til ...

2016: In with the old and the new! / 6 January 2016

Hi everyone! It’s been a little while since my last update and a glance at my increasingly mangled diary (apparently I do most of my smoking and hair dyeing towards the middle of the month) makes me wonder if I’m not perhaps a tad over-stretched. But with so many wonderous ...

Lost Voice Guy and a plush puppet man pose on a fake cover of a book 'Disability for Dunces' to advertise his Edinburgh show

Edinburgh: Lost Voice Guy / 23 September 2015

I tried stand-up once and it was horrible. Being used to the open-armed cabaret audience I was surprised to find that comedy punters were a lot more ‘Go on then, do your jokes’ than ‘Yay! Jokes!’ Not exactly how a life-long jazz fiend had imagined her first gig at Ronnie ...

Fix Up, Look Sharp. / 21 September 2015

Of all the many exciting things I’m being allowed to put my clammy little paws on during this training, one of the most thrilling has to be Viewfinder. I was seconds from stepping on stage to ringmistress for a circus when I found out we’d secured the funding (thank you Arts ...

Fringe Diary Day 2: Advances and Advantages / 1 September 2015

I am in bits. Sue MacLaine and Nadia Nadarajah have taken me apart by subtle means, by invisible means, with fast-moving fingers, and I am discombobulated by unnamed emotions after their performance of Can I Start Again Please? MacLaine and Nadarajah’s dissection and examination of language, meaning and intent is so ...

A photograph from the play Fake it 'til you Make it, featuring Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn. The former is holding a whisk, the latter has a hammer.

Fringe Diary Day 3: All For One / 1 September 2015

One of the best things about this trip to the Fringe has been meeting other producers (trainee and pro) to have a good old rant, especially when it's in an absinthe bar full of circus honeys. Hey, when I'm working late I want to be at a party, even when ...

Alice Holland stands holding a trophy, wearing a showgirl outfit with an applauding crowd around her

Fringe Diary Day 1: Champions / 26 August 2015

Yesterday I was supposed to be swanning about Edinburgh seeing shows and catching up with old pals, but an airport bomb scare threw things off so all I managed was to go to the iF Platform launch and British Council Showcase opening party and give myself a hangover before leaving. ...

Le Gateau Chocolat poses in false eyelashes, glittering make-up and feathers, looking away from the camera

Edinburgh Fringe Picks / 30 July 2015

Thrilled as I am to be representing DAO at the Fringe this year, from even the briefest glance at the programme I can tell I'm going to be a whimpering, knackered mess by the end. There are so many performances and events by and for disabled artists this year that ...

Image of Mhairi Black, extracted from the SNP video "GE15 Candidate: Mhairi Black for Paisley and Renfrewshire South" on YouTube.

Shaping A Diverse Future / 16 July 2015

Hey everyone, howdedo? I'm pooped from another Immersed in 360 exhibition (running at Plymouth Uni until Friday) but cheered to have found a new political pin-up in the barnstorming form of Mhairi "halt the rollout of PIP in Scotland" Black who's maiden speech this week made me want to stand on my ...

A group of young disabled musicians take part in the Fast Forward Festival at Colston Hall on 3 July

Fast Forward Festival: Inclusive Excellence Conference

Hosted by Bristol Music Trust in the newly re-ramped Colston Hall, the purpose of the conference on 3 July was to take an honest and much-needed look at the inequity of the music industry and address the many barriers that exist for disabled people who want to participate in and ...

“There’s no rule about what an artist should do” / 29 June 2015

Ahead of his first Edinburgh Fringe show Easy For You To Say, I met up with punk poet Rowan James to welcome him to my neck of the woods and find out his ambitions and motives behind the piece. Rowan has been based in Ipswich for many years but has come ...

Review: ‘Beneath the Streets: Lost & Found’ from Punchdrunk Enhance and Hijinx / 29 June 2015

Full disclosure: I’ve seen, and worked in, a lot of immersive and promenade theatre and its offshoots. Probably too much.* With companies like Shunt, Carnesky's Ghost Train, You Me Bum Bum Train and Punchdrunk leading the scene there have been some pretty awesome feats of immersive/interactive theatre pulled off over the last 15 years, but it’s a ...

Two actors in blues dresses and red aprons stand in a white laboratory set

Beneath the Streets: Lost & Found, Punchdrunk Enrichment and Hijinx Theatre

With companies like Shunt, Carnesky's Ghost Train, You Me Bum Bum Train and Punchdrunk leading the scene there have been some pretty awesome feats of immersive/ interactive theatre pulled off over the last 15 years, but it’s a tricky thing to get right, and often it fails to engage, let ...

Crowdfunding: Basics and Case Study / 9 June 2015

Proving wildly successful for some and a total wet fart for others, crowdfunding is a formulaic process that requires planning, perseverance and, preferably, an existing strong fanbase or audience for whatever it is you’re trying to achieve. It’s easy to focus on the funds, but without a crowd you ain’t gonna ...

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