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The Cartography of Rest

When you have a long term condition like chronic pain, you see and move through the city quite differently: I am always on the look out for places to lie down; I pace my activities meticulously so I don’t find myself out of the house for too long; and I ...

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A SHORT STORY ABOUT A SMALL WORLD – ENCOUNTER WITH TOURETTES HERO

I was telling this story to someone recently and I realized I hadn’t committed it to paper yet, but about 6 years ago I went to Scotland to visit family with my mum and her best friend. We used Glasgow airport to fly back to London. Once we got on ...

Access All Areas immersive experience, MADHOUSE re:exit

Wrapped up in a nutshell by Jason Eade I didn’t realise at first, but the show really started in the lobby of Shoreditch Town Hall. With flyers and banners promoting what looked to be a legit business in the Town Hall’s café. The person at reception gave me a golden wrist ...

Photo of Jonathan receiving his award

Strictly Wales: Dancing, Despacito and a Salsa Dog

Strictly Wales is a unique partnership between Step Change Studios and Leonard Cheshire Disability, and the first national inclusive ballroom programme supporting disabled people to be active through dance. Over 100 people have taken part in 5 regional dance workshops over 5 months, and 10 people performed in a grand finals ...

black and white photo of Jan McLachlan as Lucifer and Vince Laws as John Faust,

A Very Queer Nazi Faust Awarded Unlimited Funding!

A Very Queer Nazi Faust is an experimental participatory performance created by Norfolk-based poet, artist, and disability rights campaigner, Vince Laws. Funded on a shoestring, starring 13 local legends and the DEAD PEOPLE DON”T CLAIM banner, the piece was performed at Norwich LGBT+ Pride in 2017 to great acclaim. Now, with ...

From Ping Pong to Cha Cha Cha

On International Women's Day, Jane Campbell talks about achieving her long-held goal to perform as a dancer I first encountered Wheelchair Dance at an exhibition given in Italy at the Para Table Tennis European Championships where I was representing Great Britain. I was captivated by the beauty of it and the ...

Strano ('strange' in Italian): Five dancers, some visibly disabled, some nondisabled and some invisibly disabled, dressed in black.

‘Strano’ by Alessandro Schiatarella: Exploring invisible disability through dance

When we enter the performance room of the Tanzhaus Zurich, we are already greeted by a hypnotic rhythm that plays in the background, and one of the dancers is moving along the wall. The audience perceives this as a warm-up, and only starts paying attention as the music and the ...

Photo of perfomer Katherine Araniello wearing a bright orange quiff and a huge red tie

The outrageous Araniello plays the Yard…

I've followed the work of Katherine Araniello over several decades and recall her pre-Art School days in the mid-90s when she performed as Plastic Anorexic at London Disability Arts Forum cabaret events. She displayed an eye for creating a spectacle and had an ear for a 'good' pop song way ...

Photo of actress Sara Beer dressed in chainmail

So let’s talk about representation of bodies… richard iii redux

There has been a spate of high profile all-female productions of Shakespeare the past few years – Maxine Peake playing Hamlet in Manchester and Phillyda Lloyd’s trilogy of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and last year’s The Tempest, to name just a few. As a woman working in theatre, I applaud any attempt to ...

New Year, New Challenges

2017 was a busy but exciting year and I have now successfully been working at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for six months. These months have gone by so quickly but a lot has been achieved in this time. Conferences During my time with the BSO, I have attended some fascinating conferences. On ...