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Audio Lighting with Charles Matthews

Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story. Yes it will all be ready ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

Tactile Sound with Together! 2012

Music is vibration, music is colour, music is movement and music is sound! More ways to engage offer more ways in. Exploration of digital and non digital arts is a key part of developing my inclusive electric cello performance. I am so lucky to have been offered the chance to explore ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 1

If you have read Colin Hambrook’s interview with me (‘Surroundings – a journey into the known’, in the ‘Opinions – latest interviews and reviews’ section) , you will have seen a detailed summary of my R&D immersive arts project. If not, please read it, he is a skilled interviewer ...

interactive light, shining purple light with visible components.

The year long funding application!

Wow! It took me a year to fundraise for my project. I received the good news but my reaction was not as expected. Yes I was pleased, but utterly drained by the whole process. Another few days for it to sink in and I was really happy and excited. Fundraising is ...

A signer is pictured in profile to the right of Ruth Gould seated on stage in a wheelchair.

DaDaFest 2018 takes on themes of living and dying under the title of: Passing: What’s Your Legacy

DaDaFest in Liverpool has held a big place in my heart since the early 2000s. I know there are many disabled / Deaf artists and allies who feel a powerful emotional connection to the DaDaFest International Disability Arts Festival and look forward to when it comes around. The popularity is very ...

Playing the Proms in the Park and the BBC Relaxed Prom

My time with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been unbelievable, but the last few months especially have been a real whirlwind. From what began as just an idea I had over 4 years ago, to performing at the BBC Proms alongside the full orchestra, I can hardly believe that it’s ...

Kaarisilta – A hidden gem in the woods of Finland

In late August Tanya and Jennifer traveled overseas to Kaarisilta in Finland, near the small town of Lahti. What we found trapped between trees were some beautiful old farm buildings that, since 1986, have been transformed into the centre that supports disabled artists today – the chicken hut is ...

A Year at the BSO

I have now been at the BSO for a year, and during this time so much has happened. When I started last June, we didn’t have a composer, no performance dates, an ensemble name or any musicians! In twelve months, we have gone from plans and ideas to featuring in ...

BSO Resound

I’m now over half way through my 18 month placement with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and while we have already done so much there is still more to do. Since my last blog post the BSO have launched their new disabled-led ensemble, BSO Resound. I am delighted to welcome the ...