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Standing right arm raised, (holding cello bow which was being used at the time to represent a sword, not sceene in picture) Wearing a plain burgundy colour dress with a light purple scarf tied around my waiste. Stage is dark except for two lanterns shining blue, BSL Interpteter in action. ) a sword - not in picture)

A Defiant Journey Emerges

Last April  I performed the first scratch of my show Defiant Journey at Stratford Circus Arts Centre. Supporting me with blogging, project partners DAO ask what I learnt and how did it meet my expectations? I have decided to answer this over several posts. In order to give  quality feedback, ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

Tactile Sound with Together! 2012

Music is vibration, music is colour, music is movement and music is sound! More ways to engage offer more ways in. Exploration of digital and non digital arts is a key part of developing my inclusive electric cello performance. I am so lucky to have been offered the chance to explore ...

A houseguest watches a video of the upstairs rooms at Great & Tiny War

Just what does it take to make a show accessible? (Or as accessible as it possibly can be). And a few other thoughts on access thrown in…

  Great & Tiny War is the most ambitious show I’ve ever made. Or maybe I’ve said that before?! How to Live where I launched my own Therapy Empire at Barbican Theatre in 2004 was really massive. When I had the idea of 2,000 ‘pea patients’ dancing the Mexican wave as ...

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A SHORT STORY ABOUT A SMALL WORLD – ENCOUNTER WITH TOURETTES HERO

I was telling this story to someone recently and I realized I hadn’t committed it to paper yet, but about 6 years ago I went to Scotland to visit family with my mum and her best friend. We used Glasgow airport to fly back to London. Once we got on ...

Summer of 2017

What a busy few months I have had. This summer I have been invited to take part in all kinds of events.  It’s been exciting and overwhelming, considering I work full time, live in an extended family of three generations, help run a writing group and work on my ...

Sophie Stone on Camera

Five languages, spoken and signed: at work on ‘The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues’

I have known performer/visual director Ramesh Meyyappan since 2004, when I saw his non-verbal physical theatre adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart at The SubStation in Singapore. Since then our paths have continually crossed – at DaDaFest in Liverpool in 2005 shortly after he relocated to the ...

Nine people sit or lie on a mattress in a small room, crowded closely together, looking into the camera. They all read from books. One of them is using British Sign Language. Left to right: Robert Softley Gale, Nathan Gale, Lake Montgomery, Sandra Alland, Izdihar Alodhami, Bea Webster, Cate Lauder, Matson Lawrence, Chris Red. Photo by Ania Urbanowska (still from filming).

Equivalence

Following on from my last blog post, I've continued to develop the staged reading of my short story, "Equivalence". While receiving choreographic/movement mentorship from Claire Cunningham and Caroline Bowditch, I was also planning a film shoot at my new flat (uh-oh time to unpack!) with nine performers, a ...

Blog Launch: Surgeons’ Hall Horror Show

Today I’m launching my DAO blog, which will mostly feature information and updates about my ongoing disabled- and Deaf-themed art projects and collaborations. I also like to write about other artists who create, interrogate and interrupt narratives around disability, Deaf culture, (a)gender, class, (a)sexuality, colonialism and race – and my ...

Kuli Kohli sat on the edge of a stage giving a reading into a microphone.

Permission to Perform

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre. The workshop was organised by Alan McLean of One Voice of Wolverhampton and funded by Arts Council England. The event was led by Robin ...