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Allan Sutherland

Allan is a disabled writer, performance poet and standup, a leading figure in the Disability Arts Movement.

Posts by Allan Sutherland

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Adventures in the Sitcom Trade: The Story of ‘Inmates’

Allan Sutherland has written and performed extensively on the subject of disability for over thirty years, using art – amongst other things – as a vehicle through which to explore his own experiences of living with epilepsy. Here, he charts his experience of having written 'Inmates' – the first BBC ...

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Tony Heaton: Art out of Protest

As Tony Heaton resurrects some crip humour with his latest sculpture ‘Raspberry Ripple’ commissioned by Lumiere London, Allan Sutherland talks to the artist about his career. Tony Heaton thinks that art should be dangerous, and that what makes it dangerous is the quality of the ideas contained within it. ‘I think ...

A picture of a man stood up talking into a microphone. Four people are sat on green chairs in the background, two of them are holding hands and looking at each other.

Disability is not a spectator sport: the importance of art that reflects the experience of disability

Reflecting on Mind the Gap’s latest production, Contained, which tells the personal stories of its performers, Allan Sutherland argues that work which reflects disabled people’s experience of disability is essential to counter non-disabled narratives and assumptions. Contained is a sophisticated multi-media show, but at its core lies the performers’ personal experiences, ...

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