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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 ...

Breaking Ballroom: A Short Film with a Big Heart

‘Be enablers, not disablers’ – these words capture the heart and message behind Breaking Ballroom, a short documentary film produced and directed by film student Dragana Njegic. The film has been selected as a finalist in the Courage Film Festival taking place in Berlin from 4-6th April 2019. The Festival ...

My New Memoir

MY MEMOIR. How & Why I’m sitting here trying to remember how my memoir actually came about. I think, because of the life I’ve had – being born with a flat nose and cleft palate, not being able to talk properly until I was 10, and having mental health issues (some of ...

Six people sitting on the edge of a stage

The heights and depths of Rockbottom

I saw an excerpt from Stuart Waters' touring show Rockbottom last Friday in the Marlborough's black box theatre in Brighton. Stuarts commitment to this rollercoaster of a piece of work is extraordinary, as entertaining as it is disturbing. This theatre-dance performance, tells the story of Stuart's own tussle with death ...

‘Surroundings’ Blog No 2

My ACE (Arts Council England) supported R&D (research and development) project ‘Surroundings’ is uncovering some fascinating, evocative and highly emotional stories, experiences and opinions from my volunteer interviewees. The difference between my original vision for how the interviews might pan out and what is actually happening, is as unexpected as ...

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 ...

image of the artists wearing a red conical hat, standing in frot of a blackboard

How to be a Dyslexic Artist

Chapter 2: Talking to Strangers Benedict Phillips and Aby Watson explore how a dyspraxic dancer and a dyslexic visual art came to reflect upon each other’s work and collaborate on a 24 hour project at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the summer of 2018. Q.1- How our conversation began... AW: It could ...

Abandoned Scary Doll

Sarah Kane revisited through Graeae and RADA’s production of BLASTED

Seeing Graeae and RADA's production of BLASTED moved me. I had expected to witness theatre in the raw; a form of theatre meant to make you squirm, but I hadn't expected a script as poetic and full-on in-yer-face and in such contrast to the kinds of naturalism and entertainment ...

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 ...

Let’s Dance! Supporting people with complex disabilities to explore their creativity

Step Change Studios' inclusive dance practitioner Abigail Jackson shares her experience of leading a sensory-based dance movement programme in East London, in partnership with Sense Charity. I work as a Dance Practitioner at Step Change Studios, which is an inclusive dance company that provides opportunities for people with multiple disabilities to ...