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Colin Hambrook established Disability Arts Online in 2004. Since then he has been editing and maintaining the journal and its social media outlets. In his blog he comments on aspects of stuff going in within Disability Arts and the specific arts programmes Dao is engaged with.. as well being known to vent the occasional rant.

2015: The year impairment issues returned to the fore

17 December 2015

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photo of Jessica Thom in blue superhero costume on a ride in a funfair

In thinking about my round-up of the highlights of 2015 there are several events that stand out and a changing climate, culturally and politically, which are having an impact on the evolving beast that is disability arts. Last March, and for the third year running, SICK! Festival presented its increasingly influential showcase simultaneously in Brighton and Manchester. Branded as a festival that confronts the physical, mental and social challenges of life and death this years’ theme was...

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On the uses of art and polemic in theatre.. Howard Barker and Patrick Marmion battling it out in the same theatre...

4 December 2015

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black and white graphic of psychiatrist R.D. Laing's head divided in two

I went to the Arcola Theatre in Dalston the other night and was dazzled by an unexpected encounter with Howard Barker - considered one of the major writers of modern European theatre. I found myself in the 'wrong' studio as Barker began holding court about the state of Theatre in the UK: “The best thing British Theatre could do would be to get rid of the English,” he said, lamenting the utilitarian approach to the Arts evident in this country; “and probably something...

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Embracing the taboos of ageing and death with Sheila Hill

2 December 2015

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black and white photo of the face of actor Tim Barlow, taken side-on

Sheila Hill’s Him was a favourite in the Unlimited showcase at Summerhall in Edinburgh earlier this year. Aside from the quality of the work as a piece of art, the content seemed relevant to me, personally, partly because the panoply of impairment issues I deal with on a daily basis are steadily presenting new challenges as time goes by.   Choreographed into short sections ‘Him’ is a portrait of actor Tim Barlow meditating on life in older age.  The short film...

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