To kick off Dyspraxia Awareness Week 2017 ‘Dyspraxic Me’ (a group for young adults with dyspraxia) will be hosting performers who have dyspraxia to raise awareness and fundraise for ‘Dyspraxic Me’.
So far confirmed:
Comedian Don Biswas
On the surface Don Biswas is a straight forward and old fashioned gag merchant. However, he does talk about a wide variety of unique subjects from having Dyspraxia and mild Asperger’s Syndrome (both learning difficulties that effect coordination and social skills) to politics. Also thrown into the mix, in his set, are razor sharp one-liners.
When discussing politics Don very much takes an alternative view on the subject, thus talking about the lack choice available in the current system, mainstream media censorship to conspiracy theories, among other topics. However, all of this is done in a tongue and check way with plenty of gags, meaning he is able to play to a wide variety of rooms.
His comedy has lead him to be a part of Abnormally Funny People a specialist comedy show for comics, who talk about their disabilities and difficulties. Don also has done school’s tour support (only for certain dates) for comedian John William’s solo shows My Son’s not Rainman.
Author Eli Ingle
I spent my childhood pretending to be someone else: Sweep the dog, Thomas the Tank Engine, Harry Potter, or Legolas and I never stopped drawing. As I got older I started to turn these drawings into comics, most of which were suspiciously similar to Star Wars.
Then at the age of 14 and after hours of frustration an idea came out of no-where about two friends at school who built up a secret base and went on adventures. This was a turning point as I suddenly had ideas that were original and not cheap copies of famous movies and books.
Around this time I was home-educated and my happiness and creativity increased more than I thought possible. Being taken out of school was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
Following this the ideas kept flowing. I wrote three books about two Englishmen in the 1940’s. In retrospect, these were not as good as I had hoped but proved to be a steep learning curve on how to write books. I then wrote a play about a Satanic campsite in Wales although this must have been too edgy for the theatres in London.
Rigel was one idea that did not come out of no-where. It took almost five years to develop into its final form. Which was okay by me as after looking back at the original idea, it was bad. It took a long time to bash into shape and the other books in the series were even worse but to date I have had the most fun creating this series.
When I am is not working, I can be found underachieving at Sheffield Hallam University and lowering the tone as a waiter in a well-known hotel chain in Sheffield City Centre.
I enjoy reading, writing and drawing in my spare time. I also have a Facebook page to keep connected and I enjoy making videos for my Youtube Channel.
Peformer Aby Watson
Aby Watson is a Glasgow based artist, maker, facilitator, performer and researcher working in contemporary performance. She is passionate about making complex, risk-taking and accessible performance for a wide variety of audiences. Her performances use movement, choreography, text, action and autobiography, with a healthy dose of humour, to explore elements of being human. Her work has been shown at Camden People’s Theatre (London), Live Art Bistro (Leeds), The Arches (Glasgow) and //BUZZCUT// Festival (Glasgow) amongst others. Aby is a practice-based researcher and is currently undergoing her PhD, titled Choreographing Clumsy: Dyspraxia and Choreographic Practice, at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Aby is dyslexic as well as dyspraxic and this crucial aspect of her identity is carried into every element of her practice.
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