Culture

Access, Authenticity, Action

The other day, out of the blue, I got a call from a researcher asking if I’d be up for contributing to a radio segment on balancing work and Tourettes. I couldn’t do it because I was in rehearsals for … read more

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Cat Culture

When Monkey the cat first moved in he was understandably a bit nervous of my wheelchair, so much so that I teased Chopin about having an ableist cat. Since then he’s got used to the chair and in fact he’s … read more

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“’Draw a Biscuit’ Said Picasso To The Wolf”

It’s the first day of October which means it’s also the first day of Inktober. This is a creative initiative started by artist Jake Parker back in 2009 in an attempt to improve his drawing skills. The idea was … read more

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Punch Line Punch Down Punch Up

I’ve just got back from performing at the Brilliant Shambala Festival. Shambala’s got a very special place in my heart for several reasons – it’s the first place where I ever went on stage. It’s where I learnt the … read more

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Artful Access

This morning I left the castle for the first time in almost a week after a nasty infection kept me in bed for several days. Feeling better and keen to get out I went to meet one of my oldest … read more

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Post-Tonsil Tonsillitis

I’m finally emerging from a week lost to illness. Last Sunday I woke up at Boomtown with a very sore throat. As the day progressed I felt increasingly unwell so we headed home early and I went straight to bed.… read more

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The Slow GIF Movement

Earlier this year we held the Festival of Rest & Resistance at Battersea Arts Centre in London. On the lead up to that event we commissioned an artist to design and make a brand new chill out space at BAC. … read more

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Stop Talking And Start Relaxing 2019

Back in April 2018 I wrote a post called Stop Talking And Start Relaxing, sharing my frustrations about the pace of change surrounding relaxed theatre performances. These are performances that make a number of small, low- or no-cost … read more

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Emotional Grab Rails

Yesterday I wrote about an idea Leftwing Idiot had recently that’s helped me think differently about taking breaks and resting when I need to. With just a few words he transformed my thinking and gave me a tool with which … read more

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Duck Pool

A couple of years ago I got a great tip from another disabled artist: he told me that he often stays in Holiday Inns because they can often provide the accommodation for essential support workers free of charge.

This is … read more

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