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What Did You Think I Was Going To Do?

On July 22nd with the help of some fellow disabled activists from DPAC, Mental Health Resistance Network and WinVisible, we performed a symbolic action – called ‘Broken Hearts for the DWP’ – to remember those who have not survived the cuts. Each person carried a large red ...

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Jellyfish – exploring issues around sex and learning disability with wit and wisdom

Originally a Bush Theatre production, I was delighted when I heard Ben Weatherill’s Jellyfish - written for Call the Midwife star Sarah Gordy – was to transfer to the National Theatre. I was determined to get to see the production - a first in terms of casting an actor with ...

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Spirit

Spirit is the latest exhibition I have produced: a body of autobiographical works, it's about living with complex post traumatic stress disorder after being stalked and victimised. How do you survive 'gaslighting'? This body of work is that which saves us and is saving me. 'Gaslighting' aims to discredit a person. ...

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The JOY of Theatre

Turtle Key Arts have a long-standing reputation in their role as creative producers advancing participation in the arts by disabled, disadvantaged and socially excluded people. For the second year running they partnered with the Lyric, Hammersmith to produce JOY – a flagship project of the Hammersmith and Fulham ArtsFest showcasing ...

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UK Premier of Fairy Tales: showcasing 20 disabled and non-disabled artists through original dance

National award-winning Step Change Studios – an inclusive company for disabled and non-disabled dancers – presents the UK premiere of its new show Fairy Tales, at Sadler’s Wells’ Lilian Baylis Studio on Thursday 27 June 2019 Fairy Tales showcases solo, duet and group numbers interpreting the universal themes of childhood tales ...

Surroundings Blog 4

The installation/performance of ‘Surroundings‘ at the South London Gallery on the 24th of April this year was well received, judging from the follow up discussion and comments in the audience questionnaires. And as ‘Surroundings’ is an R&D project, feedback is an essential process for informing and further developing my experience ...

I Dream of Movement

Rashmi Becker, Founder of UK-based Step Change Studios has been spending time in New York looking at international approaches to integrated and community dance. She was recently welcomed to the National Dance Institute to learn about its free dance programme DREAM, which serves dancers ages 8 to 14 with disabilities. Here she ...

Image shows Jo-Anne playing cello on a black stage, with a red spotlight. Photo credit: Oliver Cross

Defiant Journey – Scratch Performance, London, 11th April

Raucous red, vibrant orange, enshrouded in midnight blue. From the dark recesses, Dragon transmits a powerful and protective veil of sound and colour. Outside, ever-multiplying, plagues of recovery model robots and care company mercenaries lie in wait... A ground-breaking inclusive electric cello experience by Jo-anne Cox, a contemporary composer and DAO ...

Volunteering: Gaining from Giving

Volunteers play a vital role in the arts. Without them, many activities would not happen.  Across the UK there are around 63,000 voluntary arts groups, regularly involving more than 10 million people participating voluntarily in cultural activities*. Step Change Studios works with volunteers who support its inclusive dance activity. Its volunteers ...

Audio Lighting with Charles Matthews

Drawing all the elements of my project together for a test performance next month, is challenging. Luckily I have such excellent project management and access support from Foteini Galanopoulou. Tactile sound, stage lighting, audience interactive lighting, cello reactive lighting, assistive music technology, dance ribbons, story. Yes it will all be ready ...