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A houseguest watches a video of the upstairs rooms at Great & Tiny War

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

Being labelled

My experience of mental illness is a long time ago now. It’s ten years since I was discharged from the mental health system. But between 1997 and 2008, I was a ‘care-in-the-community client’, or ‘severe and enduringly ill patient’, a ‘service user’, and so on. I got a lot ...

Photo of Dolly Sen talking to a digitial device

Giving Alexa a Mental State Examination

I have said in one of my previous blogs that artificial intelligence can never be sentient if it cannot go mad. Well, I’ve been chatting with Alexa, the voice behind the echo dot, and she is very evasive about easy to answer questions about her sanity. She seems distinctly ...

Ice Cream Artworks

I didn't realise... I've been busy making artwork over the past six months, I haven't had the ability to write anything. Not even to promote the exhibition launch of Creative Future's new online shop in May, selling the limited edition prints that I've been working on: My 'Ice Cream Artworks'. In ...

Section 136

Section 136 – partners and places needed

I am hoping to realise the following project next year and need organisational partners and places to perform, so anyone interested, please email me at dollysen70@hotmail.com Section 136 is a combined arts project, full of live art, street-based interventions, humour, poetry, cuddly lambs and hugs, and getting into bed with madness. ...

Dolly Sen holding a pill

Bingo! Full Madhouse!

I decided to emulate mental health services in a game of Bingo, showing what kind of game psychiatry is and what kind of motivational messages the patients receive in order to get better. As you can see, I am cured by the end of the video, so I can no ...

Kelly Glover and her cat

The Autoimmune Disease Guessing Game

It is bad enough to be diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. The symptoms and fatigue can be overwhelming and a person's life is thrown into a tornado of pain, denial, and disease. Imagine always having no idea what's around the corner. What many people don't understand is that what comes ...

Witchcraft

In the 17th century they burnt 91 people as witches in Finnmark. On the island of Vardø is a memorial to them. A 125m building containing 91 windows and a plaque, detailing each of those burned and why, by architect by Peter Zumther and ‘Flamhuset’ by Louise Borgeois. I ...

Photo of a snowy landscape

The View is Different From Here

I woke up on the Tuesday morning with the sudden realisation I was already on day 6 of my residency. Panic. How did that happen? I haven’t done anything. I haven’t enough time. What am I going to do? Everything felt all too real. If this was the movies there ...