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A group of friends gather around to watch the Trump V Clinton election results in Matthew Lopez' stunning play The Inheritance.

The Inheritance (or writing that epic play)

It's taken me a while to write out my thoughts on The Inheritance (which ran at London’s Noel Coward Theatre until 19th January 2019 and was written by Matthew Lopez & directed by Stephen Daldry.) I think when a ton of people say something is so brilliant and it is, it ...

‘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 ...

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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 ...

Colin outting together the DAO zine

2018 annual highlights

2018 has been a year of cuts to services, with Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) leading the way in protesting against Universal Credit, which is being rolled out across the country. Combined with the dissolution of Disability Living Allowance, the Independent Living Fund and cuts to Access to ...

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 ...

Wheelchair Tango: UK-Turkey Collaboration

Mehmet Arik is a professional Basketball player and wheelchair dancer from Turkey. He has teamed up with Step Change Studios Dance Practitioner and Tango expert Anna Alvarez to share their passion for Tango with international audiences. The collaboration kicked off with a unique inclusive Tango workshop hosted by Step Change ...

Berlin: Cold City, Warm Welcome

A few years ago, I would never have dreamt of performing my work in public let alone flying out to Berlin to lecture German students about what it’s like being a British-Asian disabled woman writer. Last year I received an email from Dr. Katrin Röder, a professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu ...

Tam Gilbert in Victoria attire

Sensing Helen: Life was difficult for many women in Victorian times – but how did society view disability?

Sensing Helen, a documentary by Dorset-based director Tam Gilbert, explores the lives of two women born in Dorset in the mid –1800s and compares them with Tam’s own experiences and those of other visually impaired women today. Elizabeth Groves from Weymouth and Sophia Ridout from Sturminster Newton, both went to the ...

four Asian women pose for the camera with pieces of paper in their hands

Punjabi Women’s Writing Group

May 2018 was the start to something new, something quite out of the ordinary… it was the start to Wolverhampton’s first ever Punjabi Women’s Writing Group. There are a few Punjabi Shyiaree (poetry) groups around but none which is dedicated to and run by Punjabi Women. Offa’s Press manager, Simon Fletcher, has ...

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Sensing Helen: Sophia’s Story and Workshops

Sensing Helen is now complete. We have conducted and delivered our research, compiled an Education Resource Pack for Young People and shared our film at three locations across Dorset. The film was well-received by audiences and I will document its process in my next post when I will also reflect ...