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Gary Thomas receives new funding from ACE for new writing

So last year, 2019, was an OK year work wise. I was checking and not including the Arts Council funding I got for my memoir in January, I did two further applications to the DYCP strand, both rejected. Since then I've been reliably informed that there's a 5% success rate ...

Dance Westminster: Getting People from their Bedrooms to the Ballroom

Step Change Studios recently delivered ‘Dance Westminster’ in partnership with Westminster City. The initiative encouraged disabled people in the community to be active. Step Change Studios provided almost 100 hours of free dance consisting of: workshops where people could have a go; dance auditions for people that wanted to take ...

Liz Bentley being comforted by the Tesco delivery man

Liz Bentley being comforted by the Tesco Delivery Man

I've been away, it was good to come home to a Tesco Delivery. One of the issues of internet shopping is sizing. I have in the past got excited about offers on wine, only to find when delivered they were little bottles, the same with coleslaw, and silver hoop earrings ...

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Women’s Art Activism – Provocation and Politics: The Personal is Political

Join me on 8 March 2020 at 1pm Parliament Square at the statue of Millicent Fawcett to march and celebrate International Women’s Day with Performance Artist Michelle Baharier AKA MichelleDuchamp, Michelle Anglo and @dyslxicRant on twitter or @bahariermichelle on Instagram Be your own personification of a woman who inspires you and perform with me ...

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‘It’s my move’ Film and Feedback

'It's my move' 2019 toured to 7 theatres, 3 community venues, and 22 schools. Our show about the transition from school to adult life for young Learning disabled people was very well received. This blog includes some of the feedback we got from young people, parent/carers, venues, our peers and ...

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Thick and Tight: Romancing the Apocalypse review by Sarah Watson

Sarah Watson saw Thick and Tight: Romancing the Apocalypse at Sadlers Wells on Thursday 9 January 2020, as part of London International Mime Festival I didn’t know anything about Derek Jarman before seeing this show. Thick (Daniel Hay-Gordon) and Tight (Eleanor Perry) performed two pieces about him that brought him back ...

Liz Bentley with Tesco delivery man and 2020 diary

Liz Bentley wishes you a happy newish year while waiting for the Tesco Delivery man

Happy newish year. Fenton was my first Tesco delivery man of 2010. In the photo I am holding my 2020 diary. I always buy a Redstone diary and this year, the theme is 'Dreams of Europe'. The cover photo is a semi-naked Bridget Bardot sunbathing, on what looks like a ...

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Actor/Dancer’s Francis and Delson share memories of ‘It’s my move’

Francis Majekodunmi and Delson Weekes are co-directors of Blink Dance Theatre. They were involved with ‘It’s my move’ since the very beginning research and development, leading on the choreography with other Blink Directors Kat Gill and Vicki Hawkins. Face Front have really appreciated all our partners including Julie McNamara and ...

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Diversions at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Over the past few months, I have been collaborating with the Hebrides Ensemble and Drake Music Scotland. I was initially commissioned to write a work for members of Hebrides Ensemble and  Drake Music Scotland’s Digital Orchestra, an ensemble of disabled musicians who play using a variety of digital instruments. This ...

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2019 annual highlights

Recent events have given many of us a deep sense of foreboding – meaning, critically that the challenges disability communities around the country face will likely become ever more entrenched. Our only hope is in finding ways to strengthen the communities we are a part of and to find support ...