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Isolte Avila and David Bower from Signdance Collective

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers ...

Image of a hand sorting through artistic contributions from one of Root Experience's community led arts projects

Authentic community led arts

And the challenges of truly & honestly reflecting participant’s creativity within the confines of an arts council funded project, by Artistic Director, Simon Magnus IDEAS When the idea for Root Experience's newest experience the Hidden Project, originally came to me a couple of years ago, I had a clearer notion of what the ...

Simon Magnus, Artistic Director of Root Experience dressed as a wizard performing The Book Project with a young audience member

Owning my dyslexia

In this post, first published on Root Experience's blog, Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of the ground breaking charitable arts organisation, talks about his own journey through dyslexia and the shame he felt around it. DYSLEXIA I am one of the people in our group with a hidden impairment. I am ...

The cast of Tommy

Confusion follows a trip to see Ramps on the Moon theatre adaptation of the Who’s ‘Tommy’

I recently went to see the production of Tommy at West Yorkshire Playhouse. With shows by companies of disabled people or featuring disabled actors few and far between in Leeds, I was keen to see it. But I did have a bit of nervousness. I haven’t seen the film of ...

A production shot from Hijinx's Meet Fred. A cloth puppet is being held by four puppeteers (Dan McGowan, Morgan Thomas Craig Quat and Martin Vick). A cloud is held above the puppet's head.

Fred gets up to some hijinks at the Brighton Fringe Festival…

We’ve got a small feast of performance from a range of disability performing arts companies in the Brighton Fringe Festival this year. In a recent interview on DAO Sarah Perryman, Head of Participant Services said that the Fringe were making inroads towards upping their game in terms of attracting disability ...

Photo of two individuals standing against a blue wall with silver buckets on their heads

Introducing The Hidden Project

Hi, I’m Simon Magnus, the Artistic Director of Root Experience. We are a ground-breaking arts charity working to empower communities to make positive changes, using their own creativity and expression. The group’s latest endeavour, aims at breaking down stigmas and creating a culture of inclusion for people living with invisible ...

Dandifest 2017 opens in Norwich with a performance of Act One from ‘A Very Queer Nazi Faust’

Dandifest 2017 celebrates the 50th anniversary of homosexuality becoming partially legalised in the UK. We'll explore diversity, make a stand against violence and pledge solidarity with the bees. Our main hub is once again St Margaret's Church of Art on St Benedicts Street in the centre of Norwich. Between 24th April ...

Spoken Words

On Tuesday 11 April 2017, I performed on my own at City Voices event  at the Light House Media Centre in Wolverhampton. In the past I have had help and support via friends with reciting my poetry and stories as I didn't have enough confidence to read my ...

Review: This Girl Can Morris Dance

22nd March - 30th July 2017 Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London, NW1 7AY Everything inside is changing. Ups and downs and spinning round. Take exhibitions. They never turned me on. Cold rooms, snooty people. Scoot around, spend a second or two with something you like and get out quick. ...

Photo of performer Claire Cunningham sitting on a floor with a stack of teacups

‘Guide Gods’ by Claire Cunningham: review by Sarah Watson

I went to see Guide Gods as part of SICK! Festival 2017 at the Meeting House, University of Sussex I found lots of the small bits of this show very enjoyable. Claire Cunningham says of it that "as someone who doesn’t follow a faith" she realised that she didn’t know or ...