Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors: Selected Plays by Kaite O'Reilly to be published in sync with the launch of the playwright's Unlimited production 'Cosy'
SICK! Festival announces SICK! Lab: What Doesn't Kill Us... in Manchester from 9-12 March
Tanya Raabe-Webber's exhibition on show at Glasgow’s Project Ability until 5 March, documents her artist in residence project during the ‘International Summit for learning disability artists’
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Blog Kuli Kohli
Recently, I’ve had a few falls that knocked my confidence about. The thing about falling is that I always manage to get back up again; for those watching it’s quite shocking, however, for me it’s a regular activity. My bodily balance isn't in equilibrium at the best of times but I try to deal with it in a positive way, adding my favourite word "Whoops-a-daisy!" to my daily dialogue. I wrote a piece about the Paralympics 2012, published in Disabled World....
A tribute to Junior Byles, a roots reggae pioneer
Blog Frank Bangay
Earlier this century I bought a copy of MOJO magazine. It had a free reggae compilation with it. One of the tracks on the CD was ‘A Place Called Africa’ by Junior Byles. The song is a heartfelt cry on the Rastafarian theme of repatriation. Listening to it reminded me how good Junior Byles is. This made me check out some of the man’s other work. We will return to his music shortly. First, I will tell you a bit about Junior Byles. His full name is Kerrie Byles Jr. He was born in...
Blog James Rose
So why get into a really weird and specialised art form about which few people understand? I have set my sights high in committing to the journey of music conducting, I know, but it feels right. Whilst I was preparing my application to the Arts Council, I was asked to write how the conducting was related to my past work, which is in primarily film-making. I wrote about how I used to conduct to music when I was little (when no one was looking!) using my head pointer. Plus, explained how I...
Adapting a play script for different settings
Blog Clive Essame
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
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
Blog Dolly Sen
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...
News: Kate Murdoch announced as Shape Open 2016 winner
News: Award-winning writer Kaite O’Reilly tackles the last great taboo in new play, Cosy
News: Disability Arts Cymru celebrates poetry competition winners with launch of an e-book
Last year Disability Arts Cymru (DAC) launched its first Annual Poetry Competition. Each of the poems was written in response to a piece of artwork from DAC's Annual Touring Exhibition 2015. The winning poems are accompanied by the artworks that inspired them in an e-book, which is now being made freely available to the public.
Review: Shape Open 2016
This year Shape present their fourth Open Exhibition with what promises to be the largest attendance yet, undoubtedly helped by the fact it is held in Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects studio, just off the thriving gallery scene of Vyner Street in Hackney. Review by Colin Hambrook.
Review: Reframing the Myth: Graeae and Central Illustration Agency
Celebrating 35 years of Graeae Theatre, prominent figures from its history were paired with artists and illustrators from the Central Illustration Agency to create 40 new artworks. Kate Lovell visited the exhibition at the Guardian’s offices in London, wishing that it had shouted louder and been bolder.
Review: Attenborough Arts Centre official launch: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Review: Mental Spaghetti: The Mind Machine
Interview: A clear sense of direction – Elinor Rowlands
Interview: Siege Mentality – Kate Lovell talks about Bread & Goose’s latest production
Interview: Fragments, fragility and the voices of the unheard - in conversation with Anne Teahan
Resource: Crowdfunding for Organisations
As part of a Catalyst project, working with Stopgap, Salisbury Arts Centre and The Point, Dao-ista Alice Holland took on the task of producing a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds for a show by disabled punk performance poet Rowan James: 'It's For You To Say'. Here she gives some background to the thinking behind the project.