The Together! 2021 Disability History Month Festival presents ‘We ask these questions of everybody’, Online


Price: Free


A black and white drawing of a woman with colourful images from nature coming out of her head is superimposed on a black and white photograph of an alley between tall brick buildings.

‘We Ask These Questions of Everybody’ is Hera‘s Digital Opera by Amble Skuse & Toria Banks, performed by an exceptional cross-genre, all-disabled ensemble. Made remotely by artists shielding at home during the COVID pandemic, it’s both by and for people who cannot attend theatre or music in person. Includes creative captioning and integrated audio description. The pre-recorded performance will be followed by a live discussion chaired by Together! 2012 Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling.

Hannah needs help. She meets Lynn. Lynn works for a company that works for the Department of Work and Pensions. An assessment takes place. And then something else.

The 50-minute audio experience transforms the transcript of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits interview with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). An encounter between two women, a listener at home, and a riotous chorus of disabled voices, it shares disabled people’s experiences under austerity in the UK, as well as radical, surprising and utopian perspectives on self, society and the body. The work is fully digital. It is pre-recorded, but it is not a record of a live event happening elsewhere. It is an intimate audio experience, culminating in a shared moment of (real or imaginary) dance.

Composer & Sound Designer: Amble Skuse
Writer & Director: Toria Banks
Creative Captioner: Laura Spark
Cast: Victoria Oruwari, Steph West
Players: Steph West, Dr Sonia Allori, Clarence Adoo MBE
Chorus (Interviewees): Anonymous; Ricky Buchanan; Professor Fiona A Kumari Campbell; Laura Cantliff; Cat Dafydd; Miro Griffiths; Daisy Mai Higman; Sophie Meekings; Clare Johnston; F R Kesby; Ben Lunn; Nabil Shaban; Vickery Stamp; Simon Startin; Sheri Wells-Jensen; Libby Welsh.

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