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Fragility

I’m writing this blog during my residency in Canada, recent opportunities have enabled me to explore my practice internationally. Last year I came to St Andrews New Brunswick as a KIRA resident artist at Kingsbrae garden and discovered Sunbury Shores studio. This year I’m at Sunbury Shores for five weeks, thanks ...

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PRIDE?

June was Pride month and last weekend was Pride weekend in New York. I did a thread on twitter about my own experiences of being gay, as playwright Matthew Michael Lopez posted a comment on instagram which left me a little cold. I thought I'd elaborate here. Lopez posted a pic ...

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 ...

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Introducing my practice…

I've had a passion for printmaking since I was a teenager, when I was introduced to the haunting but beautiful work of artists like Kathe Kollwitz and Otto Dix. Like many printmakers it's the tactile nature of printmaking that I love and I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate ...

A group of friends gather around to watch the Trump V Clinton election results in Matthew Lopez' stunning play The Inheritance.

The Inheritance (or writing that epic play)

It's taken me a while to write out my thoughts on The Inheritance (which ran at London’s Noel Coward Theatre until 19th January 2019 and was written by Matthew Lopez & directed by Stephen Daldry.) I think when a ton of people say something is so brilliant and it is, it ...

“You’re Not Trans… You’re Autistic!”

Aimee Challenor is 20 years. She is a transgender individual and also autistic. She and others from Trans communities feel they have had their Transgender identity undermined by medical professionals because of their autism. This has led to the delaying of gender reassignment procedures. How does it feel to ‘come out’ as Trans, only to have to hide autism? Challenor speaks out ...

A Postpartum Analysis

I am not quite sure when it got out of control.  I think I was happy each time I was pregnant.  I enjoyed how everyone was so nice to me, gave me a little extra kind attention.  People offered advice, held doors longer, gave up their seats for me.  I ...

One Thursday Morning with Crohn’s

Foul vomitus Erupts from my stomach Purges from my esophagus Burning my throat Retching in the bowl Breathe. Is it over? Never even begun Heaving. Heavy breathing When does my yoga breath activate? Hyper emesis Again, again, again Minutes. Hours Gagging on the nausea Regurgitating the pain Over and over Unyielding disgorgement Blood vessels explode My hands are tingling Legs going numb Help. I need help Call. they come Same questions ...

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The Crohn’s Chronicles

I feel compelled to share a piece of my personal story. I put everything else out there, why not this? About six months after a very ugly divorce, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. It is an incurable autoimmune disorder that effects the digestive system. There are a myriad of ...

Isolte Avila and David Bower from Signdance Collective

Signdance Collective present ‘Carthage/ Cartagena’

Signdance Collective celebrate a 30-year anniversary with an international tour of Carthage/Cartagena by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich and will be performing at Oxford Playhouse, Burton Taylor Studio on Friday 7th July at 7.30pm and Theaterlab, New York from July 19th -21st Set in an imagined despoiled, war-torn landscape, Carthage/Cartagena uncovers ...