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Is it weird that I don’t really find this weird?

It feels weird right? I’ve had that word weird in my head for a while now. That moment between not really scared and not knowing what the hell is going to happen. NO ONE in this country has ever experienced this before – super weird – and just, well, actually for ...

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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 ...

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Tate Exchange 2: Emergence Artists Strike Back.

Last week, I went to a meeting at the Tate Exchange with the other Emergence artists and people from Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. We were there to make a plan of attack for the Emergence event on the 21st of March (please come to that, I’ll look ...

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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 ...

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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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Protest: out of the asylum and into the recovery plan

I am pleased to say that I am going to have a painting – albeit one made nearly 30 years ago – in an exhibition coming up, curated by DAO's own Dolly Sen. Art & Protest: What’s there to be mad about? is on exhibition ...

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The Drawing Marathon – Week One

Last month, I went to the Royal Drawing School in London to take part in their 2 week Drawing Marathon. This experience was the core part of my Emergence Bursary from artist-network, Shape Arts and Disability Arts Online. There was a few reasons I wanted to go;

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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 ...