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Headshot of the performer Jess Thom

Last Day at the Fringe!!! – 11/08/18

I decided to stay one more day… because I had been told that Jess Thoms was going to be in the audience (founder of Tourette’s Hero… whom I have previously written an article; BBC Two’s Documentary ‘Me, My Mouth and I’: Biscuits! Fuck a Goat! Hedgehog! However… I woke up in ...

Menstruation and Scientology! Another Day at the Fringe! – 09/08/18

As I have been theatrical all my life…I had quite a few friends who are also theatrical, and who were also performing. When I lived in Sheffield I used to be in a movement– Period Positive (which was all about counter-acting stigmas around menstruation for girls and women). Chella Quint, whom ...

HUNG OVER…. BUT IT’S SHOW TIME!!! 09/08/18

Hung over!!! – But woke up early to write this diary/blog!!! – Mind a bit ‘glunky’ – planning to watch a variety of things. But so far only booked for one; a feminist production called, ‘Norris and ParkerK Burn the Witch’ – Debauched Late-night sketch comedy for lovers of the ...

Even More Performances!!!/I’M STILL STANDING!(and performing!) 08/08/18

Time to see a show… before our show!!! –…. Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters. I was curious… but not knowing a huge amount about Shakespeare… and only having watched around two episodes of Ghostbusters I was worried I wouldn’t understand the performance. However, it was quite ...

Aspie Manor! – 04/08/18

Paul Wady kindly came to pick me up from the station at 9.30 pm… 5 and a half hours after I was supposed to arrive in Edinburgh! (… turning a 6-and-a-half-hour journey into 11-and-a-half hours!!!) I’m traumatised… I was stuck a twenty-minute walk from a station… for three hours… without air ...

Rehearsal/OH NO!!! – It’s really happening!!! – 28/07/18

I should have been excited to meet everyone properly, but I had taken on too many articles and writing projects that week. Until the actual day of the rehearsal (today!)… I’d just being trying to empty my itinerary, like Mary Poppins’ itinerary bag. (She has a bag that can fit ...

Pile of Covered Books

Preparing Materials/ I NEED STUFF TO PERFORM! – 20/07/18

Let’s get one thing clear. I have LOTS of writing. I have material on how insects mate, I have material on feminism, I have quirky stories about falling in love with starfish, I have screenplays, poetry, speeches on Free the Nipple…. But… I had pretty much nothing that would be ...

Flyer for the performance group Stealth Aspies

Joining the Stealth Aspies – 28/06/17

Neurodivergence, Acting and Activism! For a week this blog will detail my experiences joining The Stealth Aspies (All Asperger's Theater group) and then proceed to detail my adventures performing at  Edinburgh Fringe... I opened FB Messenger and found a message from Sarah Saeed. I’d befriended her at a show she was in: ...

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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 ...

History into Fiction: From Blind Asylums, to Glasgow Strikes and Riots (including Jujitsu Suffragettes!), to The 1920 Blind March

In this (rather long, sorry!) blog I discuss the process – and accidental discoveries – of writing my first historically-based short story, ‘Kick-Start’, about the roots of blind and disabled organising and resistance in the UK. Comma Press has just launched the hefty, hard-cover, Protest! Stories of ...