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My Soul is a Search Engine

MY SOUL IS A SEARCH ENGINE by Dolly Sen I make film, I make art, I make books, and I make trouble. One way I employ two of those things – the art & trouble-making – is by disrupting systems that produce ‘copy and paste’ identities/thoughts/perceptions/life/death, as a Trojan horse dressed ...

Representing UK Inclusive Dance in the United States

With support from Arts Council England, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, and the Knight Foundation (among others), Step Change Studios represented UK inclusive dance at a festival of physically integrated dance in the US. This was Step Change Studios’ first international project since it was established two years ...

The Beginnings of Bedlamb – or the Month I had over 20 People in my Bed

The majority of the filming of Bedlamb has been done. BEDLAMB is my film project on conversations on mental health on a bed covered in cuddly toy lambs, funded by Future’s Venture. The title ‘Bedlamb’ is a nod to ‘Bedlam’, the nickname for the original Bethlem Psychiatric Hospital. The ...

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Introduction to Face Front’s forum theatre project, giving young learning disabled people ideas about what to do after leaving school

Over the last four years Face Front Inclusive Theatre have worked in partnership with Vital Xposure, Blink Dance Theatre, Heart n Soul and Action Space to create a piece of interactive forum theatre called 'It's my move' for learning disabled young people. The show focuses on the transition from school ...

A Crash Course in Cloudspotting: We invite you to participate

I’ve had chronic pain since 2007. Towards the end of my ‘lost’ years (the 7 years I spent ping-ponging from specialist to specialist and treatment to treatment, trying to get back to that body that didn’t hurt all the time) I asked my dad if we could have a frank ...

Measuring Up! Week 6

Hello and welcome to the final Measuring Up blog! It’s been a hard slog, but finally we made it to Production Week. Although it has been intense, I have fully enjoyed the process and felt privileged to have a whole six weeks to develop our ideas. Being surrounded by such a lovely team ...

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Packing in Mental Health Day and London Cocktail Week and waiting for the Tesco Delivery Man with Julie Andrews

To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Julie Andrews helped me with my Tesco delivery and we got out of the house and went to see Alice Cooper and the Stranglers at O2. To celebrate London Cocktail week I had a cocktail with Julie at the O2 while watching Alice Cooper ...

Measuring Up! Week 5

Hello and welcome to Week 5 of the Measuring Up project! It’s All Coming together! This week we moved from the rehearsal room into the studio. Jocelyn has completed the floor cloth and it was down and ready for me to explore. It is truly beautiful, based on a Mondrian design, there is ...

Measuring Up! Week Four

Hello and welcome to Week 4 of the Measuring Up project. This week we have been rehearsing and focusing on the Sign Language. Rachel, our sign language interpreter, is an actor with BSL Level 2 and we always knew that she would need some support from professional interpreters to ensure the ...

The Challenge; 5 Random Words

I am facilitating a poetry group at the Highgate Society on the first Monday of the month (6.30-8.30pm fact fans). It's basically an open mic. But the group also decided to set a poetry challenge at each meeting. And these will make up my latest theme on the DAO blog. The ...