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Lloyd talks to members of UCAN Productions about a new app for visually impaired people and tries out some ideas for his emerging composition

22 August 2014

Blog Lloyd Coleman: The Sound of Disability

photo of young disabled composer Lloyd Coleman

Welcome back! In the second installment of my video blog, I play some of my initial ideas for the Paraorchestra piece, and meet Mared Jarman and Megan John from UCAN Productions, who are developing an app to assist visually impaired people move around performing arts venues. Take a look, and let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'm intrigued to hear your thoughts on the app in particular. How has the development of mainstream technology changed your life in recent...

Everything is alright, upright, not out of sight.

21 August 2014

Blog Deborah Caulfield

Woman, sitting. 2014. Digital composite image.

A couple of months ago I started noticing that my back was hurting to the point of feeling I couldn’t sit or stand a moment longer. This was ugly, vile and monstrous pain you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. Except Hitler, maybe. So I took my body to see the GP and she sent me first for an Xray and blood test (in case TB had returned, but it hadn’t, thankfully) and then to the hospital, where I saw an orthopaedic chap, who said I was interesting and that it was fantastic...

Spaces defined, memories sifted: the final development of Lost in Spaces.

21 August 2014

Blog Penny Pepper

Penny holds a potato and a masher during her rehearsal of her poem Mash Up.

In the theatre space at Richmix, Bethnal Green, I hold my teddy. He is as old as me; tatty and dirty-white. He smells of my childhood, a dusty blend of home and babies. I hold him close as I go through my poem Hymn to Daddy, a piece that John O’Donoghue added much to during our mentoring sessions. There’s less than three weeks ahead before my show goes to Soho Theatre for one night. It will tour next spring, and meanwhile, there will be a date in Liverpool. I’m in the...

Frank reviews 'SPLITTING IN TWO: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion' by Robert Dellar

21 August 2014

Blog Frank Bangay

front cover image for the book SPLITTING IN TWO: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion' by Robert Dellar

In this book Robert Dellar traces his life journey from his childhood in a working class area of Watford, through Sussex University and the London squatting community, to what he calls the ‘murky waters of mental health’. Of special importance is the pioneering work Robert did in Hackney Hospital, setting up a patients’ council and advocacy department. At the time of the hospital’s closure in the mid-90s, Robert organised some lively gigs, which he describes here in...

Sick Selfies @ Centred

19 August 2014

Blog Jane McCormick

Sick Selfies. Digital images on bone china plates

Sick Selfies @ Centred  After a year of trial, error and some epic fail, fail better scenarios, not to mention a prolonged bats in the belfry intermission, I finally got some Sick Selfies images onto bone china plates for Ceramic Ireland's Exhibition which opened in Dublin last week. Couldn't have done it without the support of my unpaid P.A. Joe and the lovely Tina from Ceramic Ireland who shared her knowledge of digital printing for ceramics and encouraged me every step of the...

New Crippen web site

19 August 2014

Blog Crippen

Over the past few weeks I've been working with my Web Master Ken Scott to relaunch my web site. The old site had become a bit clunky and it was becoming increasingly more time consuming updating the cartoons in the gallery section of the site. Consequently, people were using cartoons from the site that were now out dated, which meant that I had to chase them down in order to provide them with the latest version. As I say, time consuming and quite frustrating at times, especially when I...

Chevela Vargas, seated taiquiquan, and stinky tofu: second week rehearsals of The 9 Fridas in Taipei

16 August 2014

Blog Kaite O'Reilly

Bobo Fung in publicity material for ‘The 9 Fridas’, wearing a necklace of a dead hummingbird from Kahlo’s self-portrait ‘A Necklace of Thorns’

Chevela Vargas haunts me. Her smoky, broken voice is the soundtrack to my dreams and the first thing I become conscious of when I wake. The raspy passion of her songs play in my head all day and then loop and replay in my mind all night. Torch singer, lesbian icon, rumoured lover of Frida Kahlo, her voice is part of the audio for the Taiwanese production of my script ‘The 9 Fridas’. The photo of her sexy and supine, her hand casually resting on the breast of a laughing Frida Kahlo...

Frank reviews The Astronauts: Urban Planning

15 August 2014

Blog Frank Bangay

The Astronauts’ latest album traces the history of the band from 1979 to 2013. Urban Planning is a beautiful yet gritty retrospective that showcases the skilled songwriting of Mark Wilkins. The Astronauts are based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Thanks to the dedication of singer-songwriter Mark Wilkins, (better known as Mark Astronaut), the band are still active, and will no doubt continue to be so. I first saw The Astronauts play at a Mad Pride gig in the mid-1990s....

RIP Robin Williams

15 August 2014

Blog Dolly Sen

After Life

It has taken me a while to write about Robin Williams for several reasons. I thought: why do it because he can’t read it, nor can I ease his family’s pain. Also, it has unsettled me deeply, because I can identify with his situation and am a bit more scared for myself. You either loved Robin Williams or hated him. I loved his work, so much of it was putting a hand into human darkness and pain and bringing out beautiful words and laughter. Thank you, Robin, for that. But now his...

Wowed by Township Voices at Edinburgh

13 August 2014

Blog Wendy Young

Not in Edinburgh but what a stirring experience watching out for something special on The Fringes.

This lead singer inspires me to think this is where David Ruffin's roots must be (The Temptations).