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Sophie Partridge

Sophie Partridge is a creative practitioner living in London, who trained with Graeae Theatre Co. She has worked extensively since then, including her performance as Coral in the award winning Graeae play, Peeling. Other stage performance includes work with the David Glass Ensemble, TIE in Nottingham, Theatre Resource in Essex and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh and performing her own solo piece with puppetry, Song of Semmersuaq. Her Media work also includes photo modelling, corporate video and radio, as well as a year co-presenting the Download for Disability Now, previously writing a bi-monthly column for Able magazine and regularly contributing to Disability Arts on Line. Sophie is also a campaigner for the right of all Disabled People to live truly independently!

Posts by Sophie Partridge

The cast of Tommy

Ramps on the Moon: The Who’s Tommy – reclaiming the musical for disabled people

Tommy is the second production as part of the Ramps on the Moon initiative, a collaborative consortium of six regional theatres and Graeae Theatre Company. Each of the six theatres will eventually produce its own show. Tommy is New Wolsey’s offering, though it was directed by Kerry Michael of Theatre ...

photo of two dancers against a brick wall background

Unlimited Festival at Southbank, 2016… a Pixie’s Perspective!

Ah Unlimited; that biannual time of mixed emotions. I was in `reflective mode' as I arrived Tuesday afternoon, having been at Liberty (Things Ain't What They Used to be) on Saturday and performed pop-up theatre outside the gates of Downing Street on Monday, as part of the week of Action ...

photo of disabled performers Sophie Partridge and Penny Pepper holding scripts for performance on stage at a poetry event

London, my London

London. It was a fluke, my moving here and nearly 20 years ago now... Oh I had visited - weekend trips and skives off school (I was a boarder down in Hampshire. Lunchtime concerts at the Royal Festival Hall (amazing how appealing classical music becomes when you have Saturday lessons!), then ...

Birds of Paradise Theatre present ‘Purposeless Movements’

Written and Directed by Robert Softley Gale with performers Laurence Clark, Jim Fish, Pete Edwards and Colin Young and with musicians Scott Twynholm and Kim Moore, this movement-based piece that tells the stories of five guys with cerebral palsy (CP). Sophie Partridge saw the show at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh As ...

Blending the personal and the political / 8 March 2016

As no doubt many of you will know, it’s hard work being a freelance artist, especially if you’re what I lovingly call a 'Bendy Person' – someone like me with a very obvious physical impairment and what are deemed high access needs – and recently, this has taken a toll ...

flyer for Bad Elvis

Signdance Collective International, ‘Bad Elvis’ with Iris Theatre

Bad Elvis, written by Katie Hims was originally conceived as a drama for BBC Radio 4. The rambunctious Signdance Collective International have since adapted it for stage with their own unique style. They recently performed it for Iris Theatre in London, Sophie Partridge was in attendance. Signdance International Collective's production of ...

Caroline Bowditch eating a slice of watermelon

Is the only time Cripplies get a look into `mainstream’ arts when we’re ‘spilling the beans’ about impairment?

I seem to have seen more shows in recent months than I’ve done in quite a while! The most recent, which I’ve genuinely loved, being Jess Thom’s Backstage in Biscuitland and Caroline Bowditch’s Falling in love with Frida.   In both I’ve had moments of being caught up sharp, as if ...

Vital Xposure: ‘The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence’

Vital Xposure sets out to produce cutting edge theatre that celebrates hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. In doing so The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence follows on from the company's 2011-2013 production The Knitting Circle, which evolved out of research into the testimonies of women locked away in long-stay ...

A man in a blue suit, shirt and tie is standing in a doorway above which is a sign saying 'Department for Works and Pensions'. He is looking across at a table at which are seated a smartly dressed man and woman and the grim reaper, dressed in his traditional black hooded cloak and with his scythe leaning against the wall behind him. On the table is a sign saying 'advisory committee'. There is also a smaller sign with 'Chair' printed on it in front of the grim reaper. The man at the table is saying to the man in the doorway: "Our new Chair has formulated a strategy to reduce our long term disability spending - he calls it euthanasia!"

And after the defeat of the AS Bill… the need to lobby for better palliative care, support packages / 14 September 2015

What a difference a day makes; a day and 4 months plus if I’m honest. Last time I wrote here, I was so sunk into the gloom post-general election I’d actually turned to poetry! Friday morning, I set off on a train to Manchester, on my way to the AGM ...

dancers David Tool and Laura Jones pose on the floor on stage in front of a curtain

Edinburgh Festival: Stopgap Dance Company’s ‘Artificial Things’

Wild disorder descends into playground politics during Stopgap Dance Company's Artificial Things brought to the Edinburgh Fringe by the iF Platform. Review by Sophie Partridge. I was pleasantly surprised that, on the last day of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stopgap were still performing their Artificial Things, at Zoo Southside.  In ...

postcard for the play, Cinema, showing the profile of a cat

Zendeh presents ‘Cinema’

Produced by Zendeh and written by Steven Gaythorpe, Cinema recalls the story of an act of terror that sparked a revolution in Iran on 19th August 1978 from the point of view of Shahrzad, feral cat and teller of tales. Sophie Partridge reviews a performance at the Arcola, London on ...

Battle is not yet over. This tide must be turned… / 2 June 2015

Plunder It was there in the skies. The storm was upon us. Grey, howling winds - doom. so broke the storm but no land was Ahoy. Not for us. The vote was cast and once again, We are set adrift; their admissions of plunder whistle in the wind, Hushed confessions of Others votes. Notes of discordant guilt ...

actor nabil shaban has wild grey hair and beard and wears a gold waistcoat playing judge Azdak in Brecht's play

Nabil Shaban on Brecht, acting and cripping-up…

Sophie Partridge caught up with Nabil Shaban to pose a few questions to the legendary actor currently playing Judge Azdak in a production of Brecht's 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' playing at the Unicorn Theatre, Southwark. When I phoned Unicorn Theatre to book tickets for Caucasian Chalk Circle with Nabil Shaban playing Judge ...

Bush Theatre: ‘Islands’ by Caroline Horton

Islands by Caroline Horton showed at the Bush Theatre until 21 February. Described as an ink black comedy about tax havens, enormous greed, and the few who have it all, Sophie Partridge reflects on the play from a disability perspective. When I saw Islands a few weeks back, I wasn't at ...

photo of stopgap dancers in a row, wearing face paint and posing against a slatted blind

Unlimited 2014: Stopgap Dance Company: The Awakening

Sophie Partridge gives an account of inclusive dance company, Stopgap’s performance on the terrace of the Royal Festival Hall on the penultimate day of Unlimited. Choreographed by main company member and learning-disabled artist, Chris Pavia with a riveting, rhythmic sound track by Andy Higgs, this was my second viewing of the ...

An image of Katherine Araniello with flaming red hair, pictured within two frames suspended one above the other against a blue backdrop. In the top image a suited man is leaning over a table with a white cloth, as the cork from a bottle of bubbly shoots out and glasses and containers fly. In the lower image of Katherine’s wheelchair resembles an infants pram. The London skyline is traced in white lines at the bottom of the image

Unlimited 2014: Katherine Araniello talks about The Dinner Party Revisited

Sophie Partridge interviews Katherine Araniello about her Unlimited 2014 commission: The Dinner Party. It was just another Wednesday in the life of a Crip Arts Activist; chatty Chihuahuas, parents expected later... they got down to business! I've known of Katherine for a long time, but only recently got to know the ...