Culture

A Blog Post From Broadway

I’m writing this post from my room in an old, elegant hotel on Broadway, New York. Spring sunshine, streaming in through the window is broken up by the wooden blinds, casting fragmented light and shadows across the smooth floor.

We … read more

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No Longer Resisting A Rest

Over the last few years I’ve had increasing issues with pain and fatigue. I’ve come to appreciate how crucial rest and pacing can be, but that doesn’t mean I’m always good at putting them into practice.

Over the last … read more

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A Shocking Call To Action

We’re just settling into the second week of the Festival of Rest and Resistance which I’ve curated at Battersea Arts Centre. As a two-week festival it’s the longest event we’ve programmed and we’re trying to make sure we practise … read more

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Who’s In the Rows?

Note: An Easy Read version of this blog is available at the bottom of the post.

For the last week or two my timeline’s been full of discussion about ‘All In A Row’, a play which opened this … read more

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Access Is Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As you may know, my tics rename Valentine’s Day pretty much every year, this year they’ve gone for:

“Happy Boot and Bear Day”
“Happy Thorn In Your Side Day”
and
“Happy Emotional Roller Coaster Afternoon”

They might … read more

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Outrage or Inspiration?

In the last week or so I’ve seen lots of memes, videos and photos online that relate to disability. All of these have shown ordinary moments in people’s lives – using a phone, having a dance, going to read more

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“By The Power Of #Hashtags”

Online activism can be powerful, as campaigns like #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite have demonstrated. Hashtags like these can be especially useful in highlighting the shared experiences of a particular group and creating space for solidarity to be given and received. Crucially … read more

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Wheelie Imaginative

I’ve been staying with Fat Sister, King Russell and their young daughter Bean over the last few days.

Bean has lots of Duplo building bricks – in fact they used to be Fat Sister’s and mine. As a child … read more

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Hacks For The Future

We’ve spent the last two weeks in Inverness working on our Hacks For The Future residential with eight disabled young creatives and two amazing associate artists, Heather Marshall and Aby Watson. We’ve been supported by a great team from … read more

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“I’m A Phoenix, Biscuit”

It’s Sunday evening, the end of a long and difficult week. But rather than feeling gloomy I feel hopeful, rescued by an incredible piece of theatre and a slice of my own advice.

The week kicked off with a hospital … read more

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