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2021: Annual Highlights

As I come to reflect back on the past year it's hard not comment on what a difficult year 2021 was – a year of uncertainty and fear when many disabled communities were made to feel abandoned by the government’s failure to take disabled lives into consideration when making decisions ...

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Introducing: Comedy on Referral

I adore comedy, and I think that there are some amazing things that stand up can achieve. Goodness knows it’s given me huge amounts of confidence and the ability to talk about my own disabilities and past traumas in a way that makes them accessible and so brings ...

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CRIPtic Arts: Mik Scarlet Podcast Episode 10

In the final episode of the CRIPtic Arts Podcast, our host Mik Scarlet reflects on the previous episodes and his discussions with the artists. Mik talks all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance and Mik's own journey in the arts.  

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CRIPtic Arts: Bibi June Podcast Episode 7

In the seventh episode of the CRIPtic Arts Podcast Mik Scarlet talks with Bibi June to discuss their performance for CRIPtic, their creative process and more. Bibi June is a poet, theatre maker & producer. They run spoken word theatre company ‘In The Works’ and have performed their collaborative spoken word ...

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CRIPtic Arts: Oli Isaac Podcast Episode 6

In episode six Mik Scarlet chats with Oli Isaac about all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance and more. Oli Isaac is an artist who works across poetry, film, and theatre to explore the failures of language through their lived experiences of having a stutter, and being non-binary. Oli is one half ...

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The Normal Heart – revealing the damaging effects of normative heterosexuality

Liz Carr gives the performance of her life in the National Theatre's production of The Normal Heart – a play written from the depths of the 1980s AIDS crisis. Directed with sensitivity by Dominic Cooke the National Theatre's production The Normal Heart is a raging 2 hour 25 minute protest against ...

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CRIPtic Arts: Miss Jacqui’s Podcast Episode 4

In the fourth episode Mik Scarlet chats with Miss Jacqui to talk all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance and much more. Miss Jacqui is a Poet and Songwriter. Her debut EP ‘Perception’ explores themes of being heard, body image and mental health. Her work challenges societal perceptions, such as what intersectionality ...

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My review of the one-woman play Sophie

I recently got the chance to see the Hiding Place Theatre’s play Sophie at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. I won’t lie, I was a bit wary as I’ve seen autobiographical pieces in the past which have been really good, but like all theatre, some of my experiences ...

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CRIPtic Arts | JAMIE HALE Podcast Episode 1

In the first episode the brains behind the company Jamie Hale talks to producer Mik Scarlet about all things CRIPtic, the Barbican performance on 19th and 20th November 2021 and what is next for Jamie. Grab a cuppa and come join us for the first episode! Jamie Hale is a queer ...

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What does the world of the Dragon Cello look like?

Director Kate Lovell describes creating films for Define Your Journey’s digital journey through a dragon-eye lens Trudging through long grass with my youngest daughter strapped to my front, I emerge from an archway of tree branches into open fields and across the expanse, I see it, standing proud: the enigmatic relic ...