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Step Change Studios inclusive dance class

I’m Back on the Dance Floor

Step Change Studios is a pioneering dance company committed to making Latin and Ballroom dance accessible for everyone. They offer fun, engaging opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to dance. This week’s Step Change Studios Personal Experience Blog comes from Adrienne Armorer. In 2001, having left an evening of salsa dancing early, I ...

A wide shot of James facing away from the camera conducting to A4 posters of instruments on the walls of his lounge.

Decisions, decisions, decisions!

 Composer-in-residence It is safe to say that I have settled into my role at the BSO and still loving it! Since my last post, we have recruited Alexander Campkin as the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence for the ensemble about which I am so delighted. The journey from whittling down to 1 composer from ...

A Spark and a Beating Heart

In May of this year, we performed A Spark and a Beating Heart in Bristol. In 2018 we hope to take it on tour. We think people will get a lot out of seeing it, we hope people will get a lot out of seeing it. I loved performing A Spark ...

Sensing Helen: the story so far…

It began with a playreading two years ago. Friend and fellow Artist Michele O’Brien and I sat down to read William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. I was instantly struck with Helen Keller’s childhood story – how she developed a communication system with companion Anne Sullivan – enabling her to interact ...

Dreams of Resting Spaces and a Resting Network

I have an invisible disability (chronic pain), and I need to lie down (a lot). It is difficult to be out in the world unless I lie down and rest when I need to: on trains, in galleries, on benches. Sometimes I get kick back, and sometimes I get moved ...

Summer of 2017

What a busy few months I have had. This summer I have been invited to take part in all kinds of events.  It’s been exciting and overwhelming, considering I work full time, live in an extended family of three generations, help run a writing group and work on my ...

James Rose, Dougie Scarfe (the CEO of the BSO), Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers at the Proms in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. Credit: Starlight Photography

Concerts and Composers

I’m in my eleventh week at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and I’m loving it! Recently, I went to the BSO’s very own Proms in the Park staged over three days in Meyrick Park, Bournemouth. This fun-filled 48 hr period included meeting the private donors contributing a significant amount against ...

Sophie Stone on Camera

Five languages, spoken and signed: at work on ‘The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues’

I have known performer/visual director Ramesh Meyyappan since 2004, when I saw his non-verbal physical theatre adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart at The SubStation in Singapore. Since then our paths have continually crossed – at DaDaFest in Liverpool in 2005 shortly after he relocated to the ...

Dragon by Gini

Last in the Travels series: Performance with Tam Gilbert

Cascading down through the gears just as fast as I could, I braked, eased the car off the track and swung open the door; hanging my head out into the breeze, I waited for my guts to erupt. I certainly didn't want to mess up the interior of the Ferrari. I ...

Photo of the artists involved in the Fools' Gold project

Fools’ Gold: an artist intervention in the Art Gallery, New South Wales

I’ve been in Sydney, Australia a few weeks now working with Gaele Sobott of Outlandish Arts on Fools’ Gold - a pilot series of poetry workshops, performances and critical dialogues on art, mental health and well-being. The climax of the program was a performance in Art Gallery New South Wales ...