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Julie McNamara

Julie Mc is an award winning playwright, singer, writer and theatre maker. Born and bred in Birkenhead, of an Irish family settled in Merseyside, she has an outspoken style and a penchant for lifting the lid on some unpalatable truths. She is fiercely passionate about social justice and has been part of the Disability Arts movement since the early 90s.

Posts by Julie McNamara

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The Pink Supper – a powerful, painstaking commemoration of those who have died

The Pink Supper commissioned by LADA and The Library of Performing Rights is Nando Messias’ passionate response to a global climate of renewed religious hatred, political intolerance and violence towards gender and sexually diverse people. Review by Julie McNamara Few artistic performances stay with me for long. Nando Messias’ The Pink ...

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University of Atypical Bounce back with another cutting edge disability arts festival

For the 8th year running Bounce Festival in Belfast produced by the University of Atypical took place from 5th to 8th September 2019. Brim-full of artistic events in a punchy, passionately political creative programme, Julie McNamara interviewed the producer, artists and festival-goers to give an overview of its trials and ...

AGENCY: A Partial History of Live Art

Edited by Theron Schmidt, Agency is a book which explores the last 20 years of Live Art through the lens of LADA - the Live Art Development Agency. Review by Julie McNamara Brimming with ideas and research, deep interrogation of new possibilities in creating work, explorations of political conversations with activists ...

Jane McCormick presents ‘Not Half Right’ at the Atypical Gallery

Atypical Gallery in Belfast is dedicated to exhibiting the work of disabled and deaf artists. Jane McCormick is showing a series of drawings, prints and assemblages there from 12th November to 21st December. Review by Julie McNamara No visit to Belfast is ever complete without dropping into the University of Atypical ...