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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 ...

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 ...

Sepia portrait

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 ...

Dancing has increased my confidence

My name is Fiona, I’m a dancer and I’m registered blind. I’ve always loved dancing. I love the feeling that music gives to dance, and having the confidence to dance alone or with a partner is so good. That’s why I love dancing at Step Change Studios’ dance classes – I ...

Four buildings across Edinburgh with a wealth of talent happening behind their doors

Tanya and myself managed to squeeze in an afternoon visit to Garvald in Edinburgh on our trip to Scotland. We were greeted at the converted Edwardian school by the Art Studio facilitator and Exhibitions Coordinator Morven MacCrae. Garvald has been going in some form for over fifty years and ...

Intoart – a new studio in South London

Since the year 2000 Intoart has been running (in some form) across London, but it has recently taken up residence in the newly opened Peckham Levels. Its studio sits alongside other artists, designers, filmmakers and architects - everyone likes being in this space as they get to interact ...

Photo of three women from the research team standing outside a red door.

Sensing Helen: seeking stories of blind people in Dorset

I am aware that it has been a while since my last post. Our film has its first airings this week and I am yet to tell of its journey. We have been busy completing our work with the young people and have started the  second phase of the ...

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 ...