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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...

News: The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive move forward to the next exciting phase

25 June 2015


News: The National Disability Arts Collection and Archive move forward to the next exciting phase

NDACA are pleased to announce the success of their Round 2 bid to Heritage Lottery Fund. With the total funding of nearly £1M, including support from Arts Council England and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Colin Hambrook interviews NDACA Project Director David Hevey about the hopes and ambitions for the NDACA Project, in its exciting next phase of building the dream in 2015-2018

News: Colston Hall takes the lead for BBC Music Day in Bristol

2 June 2015


News: Colston Hall takes the lead for BBC Music Day in Bristol

Colston Hall will play a leading role on the first ever BBC Music Day on Friday 5th June 2015 in championing disability and diversity in music and the arts. BBC Music Day will see the Hall welcoming a unique disability youth concert. The day will be a nationwide celebration of music with the aim of connecting communities and...

Review: Birds of Paradise Theatre Company present Crazy Jane

18 June 2015


Birds of Paradise Theatre's latest production 'Crazy Jane' tells the story of Jane Avril, star of the Moulin Rouge who was immortalised in the iconic posters of Toulouse-Lautrec. Directed by Written by Nicola McCartney and directed by Garry Robson the show has recently toured Scotland. Review by Paul F. Cockburn

Review: Pulse Festival: Ramps on the Moon

10 June 2015


On 5 June New Wolsey Theatre’s Pulse Festival brought together 60 representatives from the world of theatre for 'Ramps on the Moon': a day of reflection and performance centred around the involvement of Deaf and disabled people in the sector. Liz Porter gives an overview of a day of provocation and discussion.

Discussion: Pulse Festival: the uses of BSL and Audio Description in Theatre

30 June 2015


As part of the Ramps on the Moon event at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on 5 June, delegates had the opportunity to sit in on an open rehearsal of Jeni Draper’s Fingersmith’s latest show ‘War Crimes for the Home’ and Sue MacLaine’s ‘Can I Start Again Please.’ Liz Porter responds to the uses of British Sign language and Audio Description in theatre.

Discussion: ‘Dance and Normality’ Integrart Symposium 2015

23 June 2015


The Dance and Normality symposium held at the Musee d’ethonographie, Geneva on 2nd June saw an international line-up of speakers and performers hosted by IntegrART. Trish Wheatley responds to the international picture for the theory and practice of dance and normality, presented on the day. 

Gallery: Create: Me, Myself, I: portraits by young people with autism

8 June 2015


This collection of portrait photographs was taken by young people with autism in a project led by arts charity Create following the theme of 'Me, Myself, I'.  The young people took portraits of each other to explore their identity and the identity of their peers, and in the process developed these fantastically dynamic shots full of movement and life. To create these portraits, the young people worked with Create’s professional photographer Alicia Clarke.  

Poetry: Kuli Kohli: Rag Doll

22 June 2015


Kuli Kohli was born with mild cerebral palsy in northern India and moved to England at an early age. She is a writer, mother, wife and full-time council worker.  Here she presents a selection from her book ‘Rag Doll’, published in 2014