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Adapting a play script for different settings

9 February 2016

Blog Clive Essame

Photograph of a three children taking part in a drama workshop based on Clive Essame's play, Impisi

My play Impisi was originally written as a two-hander and was created for specific actors, Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkwane. These two South Africans were very accomplished physical actors, one was trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq  and both of them had worked together for many years, in many countries including the UK at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Early on in the production process Bheki had to drop out because he was engaged to work...

Feb 2016 Blog

2 February 2016

Blog Alan Hopwood

February 2016   Blog It is difficult starting a new project. Having to develop a new visual language, to communicate new ideas, and when those ideas are connected to your own wellbeing, both physical and mental, it can be very hard to remain emotionally detached from what you are doing. I have felt some anxiety in these early stages of the project. Not knowing what to do is always a bit stressful, but mostly I have been excited and a little frustrated that my condition has flared up,...

Depressed Search Engine

2 February 2016

Blog Dolly Sen

Depressed Search Engine

I have already created a website experiencing psychosis http://internetbreakdown.com/   Today I decided to create a depressed search engine insisting that there isn't any point to looking for what you want.  I have self-hate in my programming too, the anti-virus is not sanity, that only makes my system crash again and again. To that end, I want to disrupt systems that produce ‘copy and paste’ identities/thoughts/perceptions/life/death, as a Trojan horse...

So it was. And here it is.

2 February 2016

Blog Deborah Caulfield

Still life with teapot and mugs

  Once in a while, every so often, I get the urge to draw. No use fighting it. And so it was, that one day last October, l set the table. Years before, I had set my students a similar drawing exercise consisting of mugs and a check tablecloth. Nothing like a grid for plotting one's place in the system. The scheme of things. Artist is as artist does. Years before, my art teacher had seen some talent in me (he later told me) and set a similar exercise. Six weeks, every Wednesday. How I...

Letting in the light.

1 February 2016

Blog Jane McCormick

Letting in the light

Letting in the light. I am well chuffed that my piece Bats in the Belfry was selected for the Letting in the Light Exhibition now showing in Stratford, London. Bobby Baker's Daily Life Ltd has teamed up with Outside In and Bethlem Gallery to showcase work by 35 artists with personal experience of mental health issues. I love that the exhibition took its name from the Groucho Marks great line: Blessed is the cracked, for they shall let in the light. The video below was made by my...

Sarah Watson writes about 1927's theatre show 'Golem'

1 February 2016

Blog Creative Minds

the cast of five actors from the company 1927 lined up with an animated projection behind them

I went to see the new show by theatre company 1927. It’s called Golem. I saw it at the Old Market Theatre in Hove. It was heaving! The space was quite big, settling down into my seat, there were pictures projected onto the big screen on stage – I liked them, they were simple line drawings of people. At either side of the stage there was a drum set and a keyboard. At the start of the show we meet a band, all lit by red light.  I liked how they had the piano and the drummer live...

Signs: Evolution

1 February 2016

Blog Richard Downes

Disabled Person, Baby, Lady
Gentlemen Excluded
A sign of evolution
Disabled person in reverse
Back to front
Skidding into the future
Facing up to the past
All those signs we missed

Is disability art just for disabled people?

1 February 2016

Blog Clive Essame

A group of disabled actors, some of whom are in wheelchairs on stage performing Clive Essame's Impisi

When I originally wrote my play Impisi my intention was for it to be performed by actors – both professional and amateur, both disabled and not – and for audiences made up of the general public. The play encourages us to look at some of the issues around disability while being entertained at the same time. But I have found that most interest in performing the play has come from organisations for disabled people. Is this preaching to the converted? If so does it matter? If a...

SickBitchCrips - Doing Fuck All, Because We Can

29 January 2016

Blog Katherine Araniello

2016 is here and the diseased continue living and the deceased continue dying. Hand transplant is fresh and SickBitchCrips are queuing up, desperate to be rid of their limp fingers. Salad Fingers is a non-contender. IS (Income Support) continue to kill the lame and weak, and there is widespread fear of mutating cells, causing further illness and debilitation. We are offering grooming services to all who are vulnerable and in need of change. Killer flies are on the rampage, targeting unborn...


29 January 2016

Blog Wendy Young

black and white photo of a man slapping a woman

The art of disabling a life, the art of stifling progression, the art of crushing is the job of the Slapper! Trying to follow the rules of the 'so what' theory in that I was advised to expand on depressing poetry by making it readable I managed to get this one on page and then try and make it jolly!  Well, it ended up quite rhythmic 'cause sticks and stones can break your bones..... Having read a self help book (the name of which I forget now), I did cling to the idea the...

Interest in DNA - is it a gender thing?

24 January 2016

Blog Esther Fox

image of chromosomes with text saying how do you ever know what it's like to be someone else?

As I draw to the end of my research and development project I've been exploring in more detail the demographic of the audience at the Science Museum to help inform an audience engagement strategy. Two things struck me in particular. Firstly from an evaluation study, one of the reasons the temporary exhibition case that focussed on issues about HIV was popular, was because it told the human story and there was a narrative that came from real life experiences. It put humanity into the...

Berghaus. Karrimor. North Face.

18 January 2016

Blog Richard Downes

Berghaus. Karrimor. North Face. A rambling Forecast Lumiere will leave you cold Poor. Variable. There is something special about London's new Lumiere Festival, imported from County Durham. But it’s not in the art work, the reason to be walking. Its elsewhere. London doesn't need Lumiere. It’s always alight anyhow. Road signs, street lights, late revellers and the tat on the local trattoria. But it does need that which is special and this is best seen at Kings Cross. Wide...