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Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, Digs DAM History

In his latest blog, Alex Cowan, NDACA Archivist, explores just what made the Disability Arts Movement (DAM) history so accessible – those who went before him.

“The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to find it” (Samuel Johnson) “Knowledge of the world in only to be acquired in
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Creative Minds: Nye Russel-Thompson’s Just a Few Words

In the latest Creative Minds blog, Katy Cracknell reviews Just a Few Words which was at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre in September. The performance was performed, directed and written by solo artist Nye Russel-Thompson. The performance started with a record playing that was scratched, which created a nice metaphor for someone ...

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Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre – a round up

Unlimited 2016 has given DAO more of a focus on looking to pitch pieces we write and commission to be published on other platforms, rather than, or as well as on DAO. Our intention is to get word of the Unlimited programme out to as wide a mainstream audience ...

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Fan moment: Kaite O’Reilly’s book launch at the Unlimited festival

Playwright Kaite O’Reilly published a collection of some of her plays with Oberon Books earlier this year, entitled ‘Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors’ (read a great review here). The five pieces featured in the book are all dealing with disability and/or illness, and two of them, In Water I’m ...

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A day in the life of a SUPERHUMAN

In the wake of highly inspirational Olympics and Paralympics in Rio, an ordinary human caught up with a superhuman: What is the most superhuman thing about you? (Please pick only one superhuman quality) Oh God, there are so many. If I had to go with just one, I guess raising my eyebrows ...

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Harry Potter and Disability: An almost spoiler-free review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

There are some definite perks when you are a disabled person or going out with one. Everyone knows about the parking, of course, but did you know that, just by being a crip or dating one, you can see the year’s most anticipated play, sold out until end of 2017, ...

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Challenging Spaces: Access and Performance Art – A roundtable discussion at Tempting Failure festival

Tempting Failure, a performance festival ran for its 5th year from July 21st – July 29th with events taking place in several venues in Hackney, London. After being held in London in its first year, the festival was held in Bristol for a few years until it returned to London. ...

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Sequins, show tunes and hard questions: A preview of ‘Assisted Suicide – The Musical’

After seeing a preview of ‘Assisted Suicide – The Musical’ on Saturday, I started writing about it, and then two things happened: The media reported enthusiastically about the ‘inspiring’ choice of Jerika Bolen, a disabled 14-year-old, to commit assisted suicide, her only wish being to be prom queen before ...

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Brian Lobel’s Purge at the Southbank: Social Media, Friendship and Love

At first glance, Brian Lobel’s ‘Purge’ is a game show about social media. The project started in 2011, when he gave strangers the opportunity to decide which ones of his 1300 facebook friends to keep and which ones to delete, having only a 60-second window to introduce each friend to ...

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New Score, New Head-Baton, and Ready to Make Some Noise!

This is my last blog article before the conducting development week at The Royal Academy of Music and things are hotting up. The score is ready and we now have a brand new version of the head baton. It has been interesting preparing the parts for the four instruments all be ...