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Liz Bentley antisocial distancing with the Tesco Delivery Man

Liz Bentley anti-social distancing with the Tesco Delivery Man and getting in touch with nostalgia and what that sometimes brings up….

Apart from this week being horrendous, and my worse lockdown week ever, some thoughts have emerged about the past and the present.  Many psychotherapists are working very much in the present, and so am I, to an extent. However, while some of us have been going through our old photos, ...

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How do I feel in lockdown? I feel free.

Free as in I can wander places I didn’t know existed, in my one hour of sanctioned exercise, to green hills not so far away but always covered in people with sturdy eyes and whose skin tans, more than one turning away so not for the likes of me. Now ...

Liz Bentley missing the personal touch from the Tesco Delivery Man

Liz Bentley feeling sad her Tesco Delivery Man can’t come in, while waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man for a long time

  It's strange now to think that Tesco Delivery Men have hugged me, got up close and leaned in when I've been doing a selfie with them. That feels such a long time ago now. I'm not isolating alone, in fact much of the week there are four or six of ...

Tips for Lockdown – How to Make a Bra Out of Face Masks

I bought face masks but my head is too big to wear them, they just ping off my face. Two of the unexpected casualties of lockdown are my boobs. There are no places to buy big bras locally. I have to go to Norwich for that, but that is an ...

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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 ...