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1 July 2015

Blog Gini

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How exciting it is to stumble upon someone who speaks like a kindred spirit...hello Twitter and the Internet.  And how galling to discover that this exciting spirit articulates what they do so very much better than I do... I'm not ignoring the acts of government evil #disabilityconfident is just one more nail...(LinkUpArts 'Worth Fighting For' poetry tonight at salisburyarts.co.uk). I'm doing research for my new website. I don't seem to be able to articulate my design...

Review: Beneath the Streets: Lost & Found from Punchdrunk Enhance and Hijinx

29 June 2015

Blog Alice Holland

Two actors in blues dresses and red aprons stand in a white laboratory set

Full disclosure: I’ve seen, and worked in, a lot of immersive and promenade theatre and its offshoots. Probably too much.* With companies like Shunt, Carnesky's Ghost Train, You Me Bum Bum Train and Punchdrunk leading the scene there have been some pretty awesome feats of immersive/interactive theatre pulled off over the last 15 years, but it’s a tricky thing to get right, and often it fails to engage, let alone transport. Sensibly-shod, I entered...

Sonic Vistas, with accessible, deep, resonating sounds and beats

29 June 2015

Blog Ivan Riches: Sonic Vistas

black and white digitised image of a young man wearing headphones with the caption 'feel music'

Sonic vistas, as both an arts project and a group/ band is developing beyond all my expectations. Over our past 2 sessions, it has been a privilege to work with such talented and creative artists/ musicians, Kris Halpin, Howard Jaques, Mik Scarlet, Rosie Vachat and rapper MC Geezer. And the amazing Sophie Partridge will be joining us next session to complete our 7-piece band for our performance at the Liberty Festival London 2015.   To give a brief overview of the project, Sonic Vistas is...

My pussy rides free

29 June 2015

Blog Dolly Sen

Pussy Rides Free

I had lunch with my partner and her daughter at Frankie and Bennys, a restaurant food chain. I spotted at the next table were some kids playing with activity booklets the restaurant provided, to keep them out of mischief while they wait for food. I have been told I need to keep out of mischief so I asked the waitress for one. She duly provided me with an activity pack. My favourite activity was: Create Your Own Film Poster. The pack included stickers and pencils.  Here is my film poster...

“There’s no rule about what an artist should do

29 June 2015

Blog Alice Holland

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Ahead of his first Edinburgh Fringe show ‘Easy For You To Say’, I met up with punk poet Rowan James to welcome him to my neck of the woods and find out his ambitions and motives behind the piece. Rowan has been based in Ipswich for many years but has come to the warm, cidery bosom of Bristol to develop his first feature show in a new context and to gain a bit of perspective on all that he has achieved so far, an impulsive decision his producer Luke Emery regards as typical of...

Worth Fighting For: The Rehearsal

26 June 2015

Blog Deborah Caulfield

Photo of Link Up Arts poets after the rehearsal

I've taken part in two writing/performing workshops run by Link Up Arts at Salisbury Arts Centre, as mentioned in my last-but-one blog. As a result and by way of follow up, I was invited to take part in Salisbury Arts Centre's Homegrown Performance showcase event this coming Wednesday 1st July. We had our first rehearsal this week; it seemed to go well. I wasn't nervous then, but I am now, and I will be on the day. The showcase consists of the Homegrown exhibition as well as...

Where is my place in the world?

26 June 2015

Blog Gary Thomas

Movie Poster for Universal Pictures 'Jurassic World'

I’ve just seen Jurassic World. And whilst it didn’t have any obvious disabled characters in it (apart from after someone’s survived being half eaten) it really got me thinking about my place in the world as a story teller. What would my franchise be? What is my career path as a director? I’ve been making short films since 2003. It’s now 2015. That’s over ten years of making films, most of which have been funded by Arts Council England. I find myself, as...

On the eve of the closure of the Independent Living Fund, Disabled People fight back

25 June 2015

Blog Colin Hambrook

The ghost of Ivan who sadly died at the tender age of 6 years, stares up at his father and asks: 'Why are you killing off my disabled brothers and sisters?'

It was great to see the news of the protests against the disbandment of the Independent Living Fund… I've always had a huge amount of respect and admiration for John Kelly and it was great to see him on the news singing 'Which Side Are You On My Boys'. Much warmth, respect and solidarity goes to all the protesters who stormed Parliament yesterday! I think this cartoon by Dao cartoonist Crippen from 2012 says it all about how despicable the puppet figurehead of our...

Comic book Crips

18 June 2015

Blog Richard Butchins

cartoon of a male superhero head complete with wicked grin and red futuristic headpiece

I watched a "kerpow" of Superhero movies the other night, mainly because I just didn’t fancy another evening of Francis Bacon and Foucault. That’s the way I roll, sublime to ridiculous in less than 24 hours. I noticed a few things about the superhero movies. It’s something that has long bugged me and now I’m going to bug you with it as well. A handsome white male billionaire, in a Batsuit dispensing summary justice across a city according to his own value...

Lee and Moody...two greats gone!

15 June 2015

Blog Wendy Young


Just to record my feelings and memories of Christopher Lee and Ron Moody who lived to great ages and both died last week.  I think they reached everyone with their charisma and performances!  One sucked blood which could represent the present government and the austerity measures and the other resorted to picking pockets!!! Christopher Lee’s Dead! If I had a Hammer Horror I’d nail it to the door Where’er He Christopher Lee Has gone Our Lord and Master Of blood...

Sonic Vistas: Live music ensemble with video projection

15 June 2015

Blog Ivan Riches: Sonic Vistas

I had two creative passions in my late teenage years, songwriting and visual arts. It was the time of post punk, new wave and two tone, so naturally I opted for forming a band. Writing the songs and arrangements was an exciting process, but live performances were stressful. I found myself getting lost in my own compositions, playing live and forgetting to come in on the chorus or bridge was an extreme annoyance for my fellow musicians. I had no idea why I kept losing concentration, so I put it...