Four of the most talented, emerging disabled artists and integrated companies are bringing exciting work to the festival to raise the profile of disability arts in the UK.
Following the success of the iF Platform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and the iF Platform bursary in association with The Point and Disability Arts Online at Brighton Fringe 2016, Stopgap Dance Company are bringing a taste of iF to VAULT Festival with iF@VAULT.
Stopgap and VAULT Festival are programming emerging artists and companies who have been supported by Stopgap through iF over the last two years to ensure that their work continues to tour and that the profile of talented disabled artists and integrated work continues to grow.
The iF (Integrated Fringe) was an original showcase set up as part of Stopgap’s Strategic Touring programme to raise the profile of disabled artists and integrated companies producing some of the best work in the UK.
Featuring Stopgap Dance Company, Marc Brew Company, Touretteshero, Jo Bannon and Rowan James, all companies in the original iF were critically acclaimed and went on to tour nationally and internationally.
‘A brilliant initiative’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, on the iF Platform, Edinburgh 2015
In May 2016 Disability Arts Online supported a fresh and informative iF Platform discussion and showcasing event at Brighton Fringe Festival. The headlining show at the Sallis Benney Theatre were iF Platform Bursary Winners ‘Silent Faces’ of their energetic, Dario Fo-inspired financial farce with fantastic comic timing: ‘Follow Suit’.
iF @ VAULT is showcasing an exciting mix of comedy, physical theatre, spoken word and a fabulous interactive family show. iF@VAULT features:
Lost Voice Guy, Disability for Dunces: Volume 2. Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 7:45pm £9
Yolanda Mercy, The Millennial Hour, Saturday 11 February 1:45pm £6 and On the Edge of Me, Sunday 12th February 3:15pm £10
Casson & Friends, Night at the Theatre, Sunday 12 February 1:45pm £12
Rowan James, DeafEye, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February 18:30 £5
For more information on the shows and to book tickets please visit www.vaultfestival.com/whats-on/
To find out more about Stopgap, Strategic Touring and the iF Platform visit stopgapdance.com/about/strategic-touring